Nindum Lhari Trekking Peak – 5510m
Nindum LhaRi literally translates into “The Spirit Mountain” and is a revered mountain peak amongst the local community. Although relatively unknown peak, Nindum is an great peak for all levels of climbers/trekkers. It is situated in Kargil region of Ladakh along the Kargil-Leh highway.
There a multiple approaches to this peak but the most ideal route is from the north side through the ancient village of Henasku which is accessible from Leh or Kargil in just 3 to 4 hours. It’s a non technical peak with less snow conditions in the summer time but at the same has some challenging sections with loose scree and sharp rocks. During April or May few snow patches can also be found making the climb even more adventurous. Being the highest peak in the area it gives a 360 degree view of the entire landscape and a close range view of Mt. K2 along with seven other and Seven and 8000ders in the Karakoram range towards Pakistan.
Style of TourTrekking (4 days)
Approx Trekking31 kms
Trek DifficultyModerate to Hard
No of Passes1
Best SeasonMay to October
StaysHotel in Leh, homestay and camps on trek
MealsMAP basis in Hotels /All meals on trek
Day 1: Arrive in Leh
- Pick up from Airport and transfer to hotel.
- Rest and acclimatize
- Explore Leh bazaar in the evening. Visit Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and Central Asian Museum
Day 2: Drive from Leh to Hinasku – (3690m) - 3 hours
- After breakfast, drive to Hinasku village (3680m)
- Enroute visit saspol caves and lamayuru monastery
- Arrive at the homestay in Hinasku by lunch. Experience traditional Ladakhi homemade food and hospitality
- Post lunch explore the ancient village fort ruins by foot to get acclimatized. Overnight at homestay.
Day 3: Trek from Hinasku to Braq Karpo basecamp (4600m)
- Today after an early breakfast we will begin our trek to the basecamp
- The route till the basecamp is a gradual ascent for about 3 hours and we will doing a height gain of about 1000m
- Arrive at base camp by lunch time.
- Post lunch, we will do a short hike for further acclimatization
- Evening by bonfire
- Dinner and overnight at camp
Day 4: Summit Day
- After a healthy breakfast we start early morning for the summit attempt.
- We will carry some packed lunch for the way
- We will take the front face route to climb the peak
- Arrive at the summit by sunrise (3-4 hours)
- After a brief celebration we will descend back to basecamp (2 hours)
- Celebrate your summit lunch and some local Chang (Barley beer)
- Take rest for the day
- Overnight at camp
Day 5: Trek from Braq Karpo to Takmachik broq (3844m) via Hemar La (4600m)
- Today after breakfast, we will start our trek back via a different route
- We will traverse Hemar La pass at 4600m
- This is an easy trail with no ascents till Hemar La
- From Hemar La we will descend down to Takamchik broq.
- Pack lunch enroute
- This route is full of high altitude plants and fauna and provide opportunities to sight angulates such as Blue Sheep and Ibex and even mammals red fox and wolf
- Overnight camp at Takmachik Broq
Day 6: Trek from Takmachik broq to Takmachik (3007m)
- After breakfast, start the descend trek to Takmachik Eco village
- Arrive in Takmachik village by afternoon
- Lunch will be served at a homestay in the village
- Post lunch, drive to Leh
- Overnight at hotel in Leh
Day 7: Departure from Leh
- Early morning airport transfer
- End of Journey
- Airport transfers
- Trek point transfers
- Breakfast and dinner at hotel in Leh
- All meals on the trek (Freshly prepared vegetarian food)
- Twin sharing rooms at premium hotel in Leh
- Dome tents on trek
- Camping gear (dome tents, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress, sleeping bags, hot water bottle etc)
- Safety gear
- Onsite first aid
- Oxygen cylinder
- Trained and experienced guide/trek leader
- Kitchen and support staff
- Trekking permits
- Camping charges
- Single room accommodation
- Lunch during stay in Leh
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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