MOUNT KUN CLIMB
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Ultimate
All about the MOUNT KUN CLIMB.
Part of the popular massif Nun-Kun, Kun mountain is sitting majestically with its twin Nun, on the Zanskar ranges of the Greater Himalayas, Kashmir. The two mountains remain the center of attraction in the Suru valley, Ladakh, as they cover the village’s skyline. The professional and passionate trekkers from around the globe once in there lives wish to climb on the three high altitude ranges of Nun-Kun and third one, Pinnacle Peak, which connects Kun through a ridge. A snowy plateau of 4 kilometers, is the only dividing line between Nun and Kun.
The mountain was first explored and climbed by Mario Piacenza and Borelli Ed Gaspard, Italian trekkers, in 1913 and the second successful climb was only in 1971, after 58 years, during an Indian Army Expedition. The reason behind such long gap was, the ranges demand acclimatization, technique, and strength to be climbed on, making it one of the toughest treks. Today, it is a lot easier if you are a professional and passionate. Trekkers usually go for heavy gears to climb Kun as at 19,685 ft it goes as steep as about 50 degrees.
Maximum Altitude – 23,218 ft
Duration – 21 Days
Difficulty Level – Ultimate
- Shafat Glacier
- Alchi monastery & Lamayuru monastery
- Suru village and Suru river
- Various stupendous and serene landscapes of Matho village, Stok village, Matho La, Nimu
- Nun Peak
Day 1 Reach and explore Leh (11,438 ft)
Leh, capital of Ladakh, is an extremely cold, less populated and a very serene place, made so with the warmth of its residents. Spend a day acclimating your bodies. You are expected to move out, roam at various popular monasteries, Leh Palace, Khardung La Pass, market places etc, so as to adapt to the high-altitude temperatures.
Altitude – 11,438 ft
Day 2Trek to Gang Poche (14,435 ft) Drive to Matho Village and Trek to Matho Chu (12,467 ft)
We will drive from Leh for two to three hours reaching Matho Village which will serve as the beginning point of our climbing. We will then walk to the campsite near the river of Mathu Chu, continuing to acclimatise at the lower regions and spending our nights there.
Altitude -12,467 ft
Day 3 Trek to Gang Poche (14,435 ft)
Today we will start early climbing over Mathu Chu over a small pass, reaching the highest point of the area. We will walk straight towards the Gang Poche, near the huts of the shepherds of the area. We will descend below Gang Poche on the surface where we will camp and spend our night.
Altitude – 14,435 ft
Day 4 Trek to Mankarmo (14,272 ft)
We will start our two to three hours journey from Gang Poche to Matho La. You’ll see the various prayer flags in the way as it is a religious place. Then we will climb down to Mankarmo. The path is rough and steepy. You might encounter wild goats of the ranges and you’ll definitely will be able to see the picturesque of the Kangri range.
Altitude – 14,272 ft
Day 5 and Day 6 Trek to Stok Village (11,470 ft) and drive to Leh (11,438 ft)
We will continue our trek walking towards the Stok Village. We will at a moderately higher altitude towards our way to the base camp, where we will spend the night. On the next day, we will exit through a Stok valley and enjoy an hour’s drive to Leh
Altitude – 11,438 ft
Day 7 and 8 Drive to Kargil (9,186 ft) and further to Shafat (11,975 ft)
We will start our journey again on four-wheelers today, by driving down the Indus Valley, seeing the popular sight of Nimu, reaching Kargil. Alchi monastery & Lamayuru monastery will be attractions of the day. Next day we will enjoy another drive to Shafat. You’ll have the first glimpses of twin peaks, Nun-Kun, passing through the Suru River. We will spend the night at camp.
Altitude – 11,975 ft
Day 9 Trek to Base Camp along Shafat Glacier (14,108 ft)
Our gears for the climbing will be transferred before us to the Base Camp. We will walk seeing the beautiful sights of meadow landscapes to Chasme and then covering the Shafat Glacier walking above the moraine, reaching the Base Camp where we will spend the night.
Altitude – 14,108 ft
Day 10 Walk to Advance Base Camp and Back to Base Camp (14,108 ft)
Next day, after having our breakfast and continue our walking. From the Base Camp walking on the snowy, rocky and serene path, we will advance towards the Advance Base Camp, following the Shafat Glacier. Then we will cover the same distance again, back to the Base Camp and spend the night again in the Camp. It’ll also be a good acclimatizing exercise.
Altitude – 14,108 ft
Day 11-19 Climbing Period to Kun Peak (23,218 ft)
We will spend our next nine days climbing. It’ll be a tough nine days, where you’ll encounter many wonderful and cold natural sights and also, some really challenging moments. We will stop for three times in between at various altitudes, setting and spending the time at camps. The first camp will be at the altitude of 17,388 ft, second at 19,685 ft and third at 20,577 ft. Now you’ll finally realise why we spent half of our time, acclimatising!
Altitude – 23,218 ft
Day 20 and 21 Hike to Shafat and further drive to Leh (11,438 ft)
We will have a hiking day, descending from Base Campsite to Shafat and stay overnight at camp. After completing our adventurous trekking trip, we will finally have a long day driving back to Leh from Shafat and bid a final goodbye to our team-mates.
Altitude – 11,438 ft
Is this trek very demanding?
This is one of the demanding treks. You are expected to have hiking and climbing skills. Other than this due to higher altitudes, cranky terrains and extremely cold temperatures, you should be optimistic, passionate and determined. You’ll need gear of your own. You’ll also have to carry your backpacks on your own during the trek. Acclimatization is a prerequisite for such expeditions. Other than this, mental strength, physical fitness, gentility and good hygiene are expected too when you are along with a group.
Who can go for this trek?
The trek is adventurous and appeals to passionate trekkers. Someone who readily take up challenges, is mental strong, have inner determination, good stamina and fierce passion to climb are welcomed. Also, those who have already covered before various demanding treks or wants to prepare for climbing at the altitude of 26,246 ft are fit too for this trek
Will it affect my health?
You are expected to have mental strength and be physically very fit. You’ll have to carry a lot of heavy load on your back, walk for 6-7 hours almost every other day and thus, you are expected to have good stamina and fitness. If you are not prepared beforehand, you might lose some weight by the end of the trek.
Is it an easy trip?
Carrying backpacks, gears, digging, setting-up tents/camps, helping camp-members, melting the snow for water and living on very natural simple food for nine days on the high altitudes and along with the strangers. Thus, it isn’t a simple climb for those who have never climbed beyond 19,685 ft. You will be living a saintly life, working hard each day. It’ll be like pilgrimage for passionate mountaineers. You’ll learn a lot during the trek; things like patience, sharing, adjusting, teamwork etc.