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Mount Kun Expedition 7,087 Mtrs

With Kun Peak Climbing Expedition in Ladakh Himalaya enjoy the natural beauty of Indian Himalaya region. We offer 26 nights and 27 days Mount Kun Expedition (7087 M) in Ladakh Himalaya

Tour Route

Delhi/Leh/Heniskut/Kanji/Tashitongde/Base camp/Leh/Delhi

Tour Program

Day 01: Arrival Delhi.
Arrives at Delhi International Airport at 0900 the following morning. Local time in Delhi is 4.5 hours ahead, but hopefully we will have been able to sleep on the flight. We are met at the airport and taken to our hotel, which is very conveniently placed for sightseeing in the city. In the afternoon, we must visit the Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF) to obtain our climbing permit.

Day 02: 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 03: 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 04: 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 05: 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 06: 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 07:  End trek at Tashitongde and drive to Golmatangol (3,650m)
We overnight at a campsite at Golmatangol.

Day 08: 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 09: Preparations in base camp

Day 10: 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 11: Move to Camp 1 (5,200m)

Day 12 - 22: 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 23 - 25: 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 26: Fly Leh to Delhi.
De-brief at the IMF.

Day 27: Transfer to Airport 
In the Afternoon there will be flight from Delhi to International Airport.

See what our Customers say about Mount Kun Expedition 7,087 Mtrs

Tundup Dorjey (Overland) arranged the trek from Lamayuru to Darcha for a very fair price. Also to climb Stok Khangri in 3 days. I can only say, he is a very good tourist manager. Very helpful in every aspect. I can only recommend him and his services. I will come back. Thanks to all

Peter, Germany

This was a hugely successful expedition. Feedback from parents during this last week has been wholeheartedly positive and has expressed a lot of gratitude for the wonderful opportunity we gave to the pupil participants. Maybe I should start with a few short quotes from participants: 'I have seen and experienced things that I am certain I shall never forget'. 'This trip will stay with me for the rest of my life' 'This incredible trip was a once-in a lifetime chance and I have enjoyed every moment of it'. 'This trip was the most amazing experience of my life' I will certainly never forget the experiences, the views and the comradeship that I have enjoyed'. The Transport went very smoothly throughout. The flights were efficient and on time. Ladakh flights are, of course, dependent on weather conditions, but we managed to get to our destination reasonably on time in both directions. Local transport had been very efficiently organised by Tundup Dorjey, who leads ôOverland Escape', the local outfit we used. The cultural programme in Ladakh was very successful, at least partly due to an excellent guide, who could really give us insight into the Ladakhi way of life and its religious background. The Ladakhi cultural evening with songs and traditional dances on our last evening in Leh was also really appreciated. The trek was brilliantly organised by Tundup, the guide and support team were excellent and we were really well looked after throughout. Food was of a very high quality both in the Lotus Hotel in Leh and during the trek. As a consequence, there were only a few cases of (thankfully short-term) sickness. Very importantly, the weather was very kind to us. After some snow on our first day in Leh, the weather cleared and for 10 days on the trek it was absolutely brilliant. As we had clear sunshine on all high days on the trek, the views and the light were absolutely stunning. When there was some rain and more cloud on the last day of the trek, it did not matter to us anymore, as we just had an easy route to complete. Thankfully, we did not need the satellite phone during this expedition, but it provided a safety net just in case. We knew that altitude sickness was a potentially high risk and took every precaution possible. We had built in a long acclimatisation period in Leh before starting the trek and once on the trek ascended very slowly before we reached the highest pass. A number of pupils suffered mild symptoms of altitude sickness on the first two days in Leh, but quickly recovered. Rory Gascoigne was taken to hospital to receive oxygen in order to help his acclimatisation process and subsequently managed to complete the trek without any further difficulties. Choice of destination: Ladakh proved an extremely popular destination with all participants due to the immense opportunities it offers with regard to its culture and its mountain challenges, which are just appropriate for a group like ours. The experience of the region I brought to the expedition was also a very important safety factor and it enabled us to devise a relevant and valuable programme throughout. It is quite amazing, in a way, that on an expedition of this magnitude there was not a single injury. This was at least partly due to the excellent discipline within the group. The staff team worked extremely hard, supported each other well and got on very well with each other. They had prepared the group well for the EFL teaching at Druk Pema, they entertained the students positively after arriving at campsites during the trek, and formed good positive relationships with the participants. Future expeditions: I have already made tentative plans for the next expedition in April 2009. Ladakh is an ideal destination, and the fact that we have an excellent support team there (Tundup Dorjey and Overland Escape) together with our educational connections with White Lotus School guarantee the educational value of an expedition there.

Edwin Gruber, St Christopher School, England

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