Over the decades Ladakh has been a souvenir to adventurers. The region has been the second home to several mountaineers, climbers, trekkers and rafters. Peak climbing in Ladakh dates back to the early 19th century when it was first explored by several Europeans and was followed by Japanese and Korean explorers. Later, Peak climbing in Ladakh also captured the eyes of the Indo-Tibetans and was followed by the Indian Army. Today with the advancement of tourism in Ladakh, Peak climbing in Ladakh has pulled in global climbers. The Ladakh region offers ample opportunity for the mountaineers to set their tracks for a climbing expedition. Recently, the government has opened 200 peaks in the Ladakh region for the thrill-seeking mountaineers to the unexplored tracks.
Peak climbing in Ladakh requires enormous fitness and serious acclimatization to different altitudes. The activity is occupied with several obstacles with narrow and rocky tracks at the beginning and is followed by a thick layer of snow that will slow down your trail and finally steep climbs that requires tons of skill. Peak climbing in Ladakh also allows one to acquaint with the remote civilizations and encounter several species of wildlife. During the expedition, one can enjoy panoramic views of the Tibetan highland to the north-east, Indian Himalaya to the east and Karakoram Range to the west. The major attraction from the summits remains the K2, which is the world’s second highest peak.
Expedition like the Stok Kangri summit trek, which is one of the popular treks in the Ladakh-Zanskar region, allows experienced trekkers to set for a climbing expedition. The Stok Kangri summit is at an altitude of 6,153 meters and is one of the trekable summits in the Indian Himalaya. Further, peaks like Pinnacle at an elevation of 6,930 meters, Nun at 7,135 meters and Kun at 7,077 meters in the Great Himalayan Range requires extreme fitness, skill and acclimatization. Peak climbing in Ladakh also winds its track to the Karakoram Range to climb peaks like the Saser I at 7,415 meters, Saser II at 7,513 meters and Saser III at 7,495 meters, all of which are accessible from Nubra Valley.