Ladakh, situated in the lap of the mighty Himalayas is one of the best places in the world for mountaineering. It is truly a heaven for the mountaineers. With its lofty peaks, natural beauty and charisma, Ladakh attracts innumerable people from all around the world. One needs to have a brave heart and an unbending spirit in order to climb the mountains. In order to access the mountains, one needs to be exceedingly fit. There are many other factors that one needs to keep in mind before starting the thrill such as the climatic conditions and most importantly, one’s physical condition. The Zanskar and Karokaram ranges are an enthralling pleasure for the mountaineers.
The most popular and effortlessly reachable is the Stok Khangri cliff in Zangskar range. Besides this, the Stok Khangri hovering over a splendid height of 6150m is the most popular trekking spot. It furnishes a stunning outlook of Indus valley and Karakoram Range. The Suru and Zanskar Valleys offers the most enchanting but tricky hiking in Ladakh. Mention should be made of the most regular mountaineering arena of the region, the Nun Kun Massif. It is the favourite spot of the enthusiasts and is reserved throughout the year by the mountaineers. Such is the magic of the place.
One can easily access the twin ranges either from Tangole or Glumadong, however the Kargil-Paum Road is the main route. In order to access the base camp for Kun, one must definitely cross the Suru River. In addition to that, Mountaineers have also advanced from Parkutse adjacent to the Kangri Glacier. Elevating at an outstanding height of 7,077m exists the highest peak of Ladakh, the Nun Kun Massif. Some of the other peaks lying within the reach of Suru and Zanskar areas are Pinnacle, D41, Z1 and White Needle.
Permits required for climbing listed peaks:
It is mandatory for all mountaineers to procure acquiescence from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation for climbing all registered peaks. A reservation fee, based on the elevation and fame of the listed peak, is to be given by the mountaineers and in order to guide them; a Liaison Officer is always present. A considerable duration of approximately six months is essential for handing out applications. With respect to great concern, a rescue team is always witnessed in case of any mishap, accidents or infirmity.
Best time to visit:
The climatic conditions are a must in order to favour the expedition. Thus, the climbing period in Ladakh incorporates from mid - May to mid –October. However, the best time to encounter the mountains is when Ladakh is impervious by the monsoons, i.e. between June to September.
Tips for Mountain Climbing:
In order to experience this thrilling adventure, one needs to keep certain things in mind.
One must definitely memorize the climbing course; Maps can also be carried for greater expanse of understanding.
A proper health check up is a must, so that one can know whether he/she is fit to set for the expedition.
Harness, ropes and other equipments need to be checked twice for better safety.
One must carry shoes with good sole and also suitable attire which can protect them from the callous climatic conditions (at times).
Last but not the least; Ladakh is one of the best places in the world for mountaineering. It is often frequented by visitors for mountaineering and trekking. If given a chance to visit the place, then one must never miss this golden opportunity. Henceforth, the Ladakh valley awaits your exploration.