The Nun Kun
comprises a pair of Himalayan
, 7,135 m (23,409 ft) and its neighbor peak Kun
, 7,077 m (23,218 ft). Nun is the highest peak in the part of the Himalayan range lying on the Indian
side of the Line of Control
in Jammu and Kashmir
. (There are higher peaks in the Indian part of the Karakoram
range.) The massif is located near the Suru valley
, about 250 km (160 mi) east of Srinagar
, the state capital.
Kun is located north of Nun and is separated from it by a snowy plateau
of about 4 km (2.5 mi) in length. Pinnacle Peak
, 6,930 m (22,736 ft), is the third highest summit of the group.
Early exploration of the massif included a visit in 1898 and three visits by Arthur Neve, in 1902, 1904, and 1910. In 1903, Dutch mountaineer Dr. H. Sillem investigated the massif and discovered the high plateau between the peaks; he reached an altitude of 6,400 m (21,000 ft) on Nun. In 1906, noted explorer couple Fanny Bullock Workman
and her husband William Hunter Workman, claimed an ascent of Pinnacle Peak. They also toured extensively through the massif and produced a map; however, controversy surrounded the Workmans' claims, and few trigonometrical points were given for the region, so that the map they produced was not usable.High......