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Mt. Nun Advance Basecamp (ABC) Trek

Mt Nun is the highest peak in Ladakh standing at 7135m in the Suru region. Being one of the most accessible seven thousanders in the Indian Himalayas, Mt Nun is a favourite among many climbers. For non climbers, the trek to the Advance basecamp is a unique experience as trail involves walking through rocky paths, moraines and doing a glacier traverse to the base of the 300 feet icefall at the ABC. If time permits, you also experience ice climbing on the icefall.

It offers a variety of magnificent views of the Zanskar range as well as opportunities to witness the diverse flora and fauna of Ladakh. The valley is filled with many wild and medicinal plants and flowers. One can also witness a variety of wildlife such as Himalayan Marmots, Fox, Wolves, Himalayan Griffins, Bearded Vultures and many other birds.

6 nights / 7 days   Suru Valley, Kargil Download PDF
8+ Age
  • Tour Starts
  • Tour Ends
  • Style of Tour
    Trekking (3 days)
  • Max Altitude
    5016 m
  • Approx Trekking
    22 kms
  • Trek Difficulty
  • No of Passes
    1 (Tangole La)
  • Best Season
    May to October
  • Stays
    Hotel in Kargil, Organized Camping on treks
  • Meals
    Breakfast and Dinner in Hotel, All meals on the trek
Day 1: Arrive in Kargil from Srinagar/Leh
  • Pick up from Airport and drive to Kargil (5 hours)
  • Lunch Enroute
  • Evening for leisure
Day 2: Aclimatization day and local sightseeing
  • After an early breakfast, we will drive to Hundurman which is border settlement on the LoC between India and Pakistan and check out the Hundurman Museum
  • Visit to Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum, a family run museum that had preserved the silk route history of Kargil
  • Post lunch, explore Kargil bazaar
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel
Day 3: Drive from Kargil to Tangole (3289m)
Drive Time: 3 hours
  • Drive from Kargil to Tangole and camp there for the night at Tourist Dak Bunglow.
  • After lunch there will be a short briefing about the following days
  • Spend evening at leisure by the bonfire
Day 4: Trek from Tangole to Nun Basecamp (4247m)
  Distance/Duration: 5.5 kms / 4 to 5 hours
  • The day starts with a crossing the Tangole foot bridge and through the village of Golma Thongus.
  • The trail immediately starts becoming uphill with almost 80 degree ascent for almost 4 hours all the way till Tangole La.
  • You will be able to see the glacial snout from here.
  • From Tangole la a short descent will bring you to the basecamp by a stream fed by the glacier.
  • set up camp by the stream. Spend the evening at leisure.
  • Overnight in tents
Day 5: Trek from Basecamp to Advance Basecamp and Icefall (5016m)
Distance/Duration: 5 kms / 4 hours
  • Today’s trek begins with an easy trail for the first one hour.
  • Once we start approaching the glacier, the terrain transforms into rocky moraines and then the trails goes over mud covered glacial ice.
  • A short scramble over the glacier and by lunchtime we will arrive at the advance basecamp.
  • We will set up camp here and fter lunch we will walk to the great Ice fall.
  • We will set up small section of rope on the icefall where you can try your hand with ice climbing using jumar
  • After spending sometime at the glacier we will return to our camp at the ABC.
  • Overnight in tents
Day 6: Trek from ABC to Tangole and Drive to Kargil
Distance/Duration: 9 kms / 3 to 4 hours Drive Time: 3 hours
  • After an early breakfast, we will carry packed lunch and set out back to Tangole.
  • We will follow the same trail back through the glacier and moraines and then through the steep downhill from basecamp to Tangole.
  • Arrive at the Alpine hut at Tangole to by afternoon and drive back to Kargil.
  • Overnight at hotel in Kargil
Day 7: Early morning drive to Srinagar
Distance/Duration: 11 kms / 5 hours
  • Early morning drive from Kargil to Srinagar airport
  • Catch the evening flight from Srinagar
  • End of Journey
  • Airport transfers
  • Trek point transfers
  • Transport for sightseeing
  • Breakfast and dinner at hotel in kargil
  • All meals on the trek (Freshly prepared vegetarian food)
  • Twin sharing rooms at premium hotel in kargil
  • Dome tents on trek
  • Camping gear (dome tents, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress, sleeping bags, hot water bottle etc)
  • Safety gear
Medical Services:
  • Onsite first aid
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Trained and experienced guide/trek leader
  • Kitchen and support staff
  • Porters/Mules
  • Trekking permits
  • Camping charges
Cost Excludes:
  • Single room accommodation
  • Lunch during stay in kargil
  • Personal equipment such as walking sticks, rain coats, gloves etc
  • International & Domestic flight fares, visa charges
  • Monument/monastery and Museum visit fee
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry.
  • Cost incurred due to emergency evacuation
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
  • Personal Mules & porters. You can request for one in advance while booking
  • Tips to porters, camping team, driver, guide, etc.
  • Cost incurred due to change / extension in the itinerary due to roadblocks, bad weather condition, flight delays, vehicle breakdowns, etc.
Mountain Ethics
  • We have a zero trash tolerance policy. We always clean up after ourselves on all hikes and trips
  • We use portable T3 tents and portable toilets and wash basins at our campsite which are cleared and wrapped up at the end of each journey.
  • Our camp locations are temporary and we don’t keep any permanent fixtures at the location. We say no to plastics
  • Be Local – there is no harm learning at few local words while you are there. It always helps in building a rapport with the locals and blend in. Try to eat and buy locally. Carry your own water bottles.
Equipment & Safety
  • We use comfortable mattresses with -10degree sleeping bags
  • There is no electricity at most of our campsites as they are at remote locations. We use solar powered tent lamps.
  • Our trips require a moderate level of fitness.
  • The maximum altitude for treks can go upto 6100m
  • Drink lot of water to stay hydrated and to avoid mountain sickness
  • We always carry a first aid kid and a portable oxygen canisters for emergencies
  • Average of two guides are provided for a group of 10 people
Creating “Shared Value”
  • We respect the local traditions and customs. We will always brief you regarding these each time you travel to a different location. We encourage you to be open and free while travelling to these locations and invite you to explore the region in its true sense.
  • We focus on engaging local communities in our work to create livelihoods locally. Most of our camps/homestays are managed by the local villagers and local youth is engaged as guides/hosts
  • We organize workshops to train local communities and youth for technical training in mountain guiding, hospitality and responsible tourism. If you are interested in contributing, do let us know.
What to carry?
  • Valid ID proof (Passport/Voter ID/Drivers Licence)
  • No suitcases. Opt for 70 to 90 litre backpacks
  • Water-proof trekking shoes
  • One down jacket or warmer for chilly nights
  • Rain poncho or jacket/windcheater (a must!)
  • Thermal inner (not advisable to wear it while trekking)
  • Trekking pants (one spare)
  • Sun block
  • Hat;
  • Sun goggles
  • Trekking pole
  • Spare under garments and socks (three pairs max)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (preferably wearable)
  • Water bottle, preferably wide mouthed, with at least one litre capacity
  • Personal toiletries
  • Power bank (if you want to use phone camera)
  • That book you’ve been meaning to read
Fine Print & Trip Specific Important Information:   By signing up for a trip with Roots, you acknowledge that you have voluntarily applied to participate in this trip and that you have read the description of the trip as it appears on the website and the information below:
  • Delays are expected on account of roadblock & weather conditions. Our effort will be to continue with the trip as per the schedule & make you as comfortable as possible. But in such situations we may have to compromise on the campsite & adjust to these situations then & there. The final call will be taken by our Lead Guide on location.
  • The itinerary should be viewed as ideal & we may have to make some spot changes due various unavoidable reasons.
  • The distances & altitude mentioned in the above itinerary are to the best of our knowledge & information; marginal variance in the actual distances & altitudes is possible.
  • You are expected to be in reasonable shape and fitness, being able to walk for several hours at a normal pace as well as to take care of your own equipment.
  • The minimum age restriction for this trip is 18
  • All outdoor related activities involve a certain level of risk. You are expected to sign an Indemnity Form in agreement to the risks involved through part taking in such outdoor activities.
  • Roots Ladakh  reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals and photographs submitted by them on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes