Kun Expedition

The Nun Kun mountain massif consists of a pair of Himalayan peaks: Nun, 7,135 m and its neighbor peak Kun Peak, 7,077 m. 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.

Grade

Challenging

kun  Expedition

Introduction:

The twin peaks of Nun (7,135m) and Kun (7,087m) dominate the Suru Valley and are

highest peaks in the Zanskar Himalaya, Northern India. Due to quick access from Leh to base camp and the ease with which a climbing permit can now be obtained, we are organinsing an expedition to Kun in 2013.

Highlights:• A technically varied course.

• Altitude acclimatization while

trekking in complete beauty

• Our wonderful knowledge of the

mountain: a history of summit

successes.

• The assistance of a second High

Mountain guide (UIAGM) once

we reach 8 participants, to put

every chance of success at our

sides.

Duration: 29-30 days

 

Level : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Outline itinerary:

Day 1/ Flight to Delhi

Day 2/ Visit of Delhi

Day 3/ Flight to Leh (11,811 feet)

Day 4/ Visit, altitude acclimatization

Day 5/ Transfer to Lamayuru (Buddhist Monastery) then Heniskut

Day 6 to 10/ Trek (Kanji La, 16,896 feet, Rangdum Monastery,

Golmatangus, 11,975 feet, Suru River) up to base camp (14,108 feet)

Day 11 to 21/ Ascent of Kun (23,228 feet) with 3 altitude camps

Day 22, 23/ Spare/reserve days

Day 24, 25/ Return to

Trip Overview
Day 3
Fly to Leh, the capital of Ladakh We make an early start to take the flight to Leh, the capital city of Ladakh. The flight takes us over the Greater Himalaya and makes an exciting landing at one of the highest airports in the world. We can hope to get excellent views of the Zanskar Range as we fly-in and, on a clear day, the great peaks of the Karakoram are visible to the north. We are met at the airport and taken to the Kang Lha Chen. The rest of the day is at leisure. Leh is at an altitude of nearly 3,510m, and you can expect to feel the effects of the rarefied atmosphere.
Day 4
Exploring the city of Leh Today is your own to relax and stroll around Leh, to allow the effects of the altitude to wear off. This is an important period, which allows the body to acclimatise. There are plenty of distractions in Leh, varying from scenic and cultural to gastronomic. Alternatively your leader can arrange a short drive out to visit some of the fantastic monasteries that have existed here since the 11th Century.
Day 5
Drive to Heniskut and trek to Kanji Village (3,870m) Instead of driving directly to Kun, we will complete a three day trek to the Kanji La (5,280m), partly for the acclimatisation, but also for the opportunity to explore a little of this fascinating region. The drive to Kanji Village is an adventure in itself, firstly along the main highway from Leh to Kashmir, before turning off for the last 10Km through a spectacular gorge. It takes roughly 4 hours to get to Heniskut – which is like driving back into the middle ages. From the road head, the trek to Kanji Village takes 3 hours. This is on rough road, but it’s better to walk than to drive.
Day 6
Trek to base of Kanji La (4,355m) From Kanji Village we trek up the floor of the valley, passing fields and seasonal settlements, criss-crossing the river (carry sandals!), to a grassy camp site at the base of Kanji La (6 – 7 hours).
Day 7
Climb to Kanji La (5,280m) Soon after leaving camp in the morning we break off heading steeply up the valley side to a pass at 4,600m, then on up a side valley to the final steep slopes which take us to the pass itself with wonderful views of the mountains of the Zanskar (4 hours from camp). A long descent down barren scree slopes to Mapollan is quite tough for the ponies (9 hours).
Day 8
End trek at Tashitongde and drive to Golmatangol (3,650m) We overnight at a campsite at Golmatangol.
Day 9
Trek to Base Camp (4,350m) It’s an easy walk that should take 5 – 6 hours, including a bridge crossing, to reach Kun base camp.
Day 10
Preparations in base camp
Day 11
Climb to camp 1 (5,200m) The route to camp 1 is across moraine at the base of the Shafath glacier and takes 5 hours. We’ll drop off some gear, before returning to base camp.
Day 12
Move to Camp 1 (5,200m)
Day 13 to 23
Ascent of Kun We will use two more camps above camp 1. Camp 2 is located at approximately 6,000m and camp 3 is our high camp at 6,300m. The Sherpas will fix around 1,400m of rope on the steeper sections of the climb. The route between camp 1 and camp 2 crosses the glacier, then follows slopes of around 45 degrees on mixed ground. This is the most technical part of the climb, taking 5 – 7 hours and utilising 1,000m of fixed rope to reach camp 2. From camp 2 to camp 3 we rope up and cross a huge snow plateau, which separates Nun and Kun, to set up camp at the base of the summit ridge. From our high camp at 6,300m, we follow slopes of 35 to 40 degrees onto a saddle on the right-hand skyline ridge (6,500m). From here the ridge is followed to the rounded summit. From the summit, we descend the same way and return to camp 2, before descending to base camp the following day.
Day 24 to 26
Return to Leh The return journey can be done in three days. We return to the road head at Golmatangol, then drive back to Leh via an overnight at Mulbekh. Please be aware that travel in Ladakh is unpredictable and not for the faint hearted!
Day 27
Fly Leh to Delhi. De-brief at the IMF.
Day 28
Fly from Delhi to Italy Afternoon flight from Delhi to home

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