Mt. Kun Peak

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Brief Description

The Nun Kun massif dominates the skyline in the upper Suru valley and the twin peaks of Nun (7135m) and Kun (7077m) are the highest in the Zanskar range in Ladakh. The two peaks are separated by a snowy plateau of about 4km in length. Pinnacle Peak (6930m) is the third highest mountain in this group. Kun is the second highest peak in the range on the Indian side of the Line of Control. These two towering peaks and their satellites, Barmal, White Needle and Pinnacle Peak form a horse shoe above the Suru river on the boarder of Kashmir and Zanskar.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Arrival at Delhi. IMF Briefing.
2 Day 2
Delhi - Leh
3 Day 3
Rest and acclimatisation at Leh
4 Day 4
Leh to Chang Ma (13,090 ft) via Stok village (11,800 ft)
5 Day 5
Chang Ma to Mankarmo (14,200 ft)
6 Day 6
Mankarmo to Stok BC (16,300 ft)
7 Day 7
Stok BC to Leh via Stok Village
8 Day 8
Leh to Kargil (8,775 ft)
9 Day 9
Kargil to Shafat (11,975 ft)
10 Day 10
Shafat to Kun BC (14,270 ft)
11 Day 11
Rest and acclimatisation at Base Camp
12 Day 12
Base Camp - Camp 1 (17,060 ft) - Base Camp
13 Day 13
Base Camp - Camp 1
14 Day 14
Rest and acclimatisation at Camp 1
15 Day 15
Camp 1 - Camp 2 (19,685 ft) - Camp 1
16 Day 16
Camp 1 - Camp 2
17 Day 17
Camp 2 - Camp 3 (Summit Camp - 20,670 ft) - Camp 2
18 Day 18
Camp 2 - Camp 3
19 Day 19
Summit Attempt
20 Day 20
Camp 3 - Camp 1
21 Day 21
Camp 1 - Base Camp
22 Day 22
Base Camp - Shafat
23 Day 23
Shafat - Leh
24 Day 24
Leh - Delhi
25 Day 25
Debriefing at IMF. Depart from Delhi.

Big Questions

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

June - September

Packing List: What to pack

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Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The trek begins from Leh in Ladakh. The best travel option around Leh is by air.
By air: Jet Airways, GoAir, and Air India provide daily flights from New Delhi to Leh. It is recommended that you make your flight bookings well in advance not only to save on the price but also for a confirmed seat. You can also take an alternate flight route to Srinagar. Fly to Srinagar from Delhi and then drive to Leh from Srinagar. The 10 hour road journey from Srinagar to Leh can be covered by hiring a shared taxi which will cost you around INR 3000-4000. The drive route from Srinagar to Leh is scenic. For coming back, you can either take a direct flight from Leh to New Delhi. Or take the same route via Srinagar. Flights from Srinagar to Delhi are cheaper than Leh-Delhi.
By road: You can take the route from Manali to Leh. Travel from Delhi to Manali by a HRTC Volvo bus. From Manali get a seat in a shared taxi (INR 2500-3500). If you are on a tight budget, There is also a bus from New Delhi to Leh (via Manali) with one side fare of INR 1365. The bus journey begins at 2:30 pm from Delhi ISBT reaching Keylong next day at 1:30 pm. After an overnight halt at Keylong, it reaches Leh the next day. The another route to Leh can be taken through Srinagar. There are shared taxis from Srinagar to Leh available at cost of INR 3000-4000. If you are an ardent biker, you wouldn’t mind taking a bike trip from Delhi to Leh and back.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

BSNL has the best connectivity in Leh-Ladakh region followed by Airtel. However, all the mobile networks like Idea and Vodafone also work in Leh. Please note that only postpaid numbers work in J&K state, prepaid connections will cease to work as soon as you enter Ladakh region. On & Off network coverage is available throughout this trek (BSNL mostly).

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

There are so many enchanting places to visit in Leh-Ladakh. During your acclimatization period, you can roam around the town and visit the monasteries; Diskit Gompa, and Lamayuru Monastery. Drive up to the Magnetic Hill and experience the crazy magnetic phenomenon on the hill. The picturesque Nubra Valley will take your breath away. The green oasis villages, the monasteries, the ruined palaces- Turtuk and Bordang; there is a whole different culture in this place. It is 150 km away from Leh. You can take a shared taxi to this route. How can you leave Ladakh without seeing Pangong Lake, the sapphire blue lake? Also, visit Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Leh Royal Palace.

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Kun Expedition is made only for trekkers with previous mountaineering experience and want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the expedition should not be underestimated. You should attempt this trek only If you have already done a trek that climbs to 5500 - 6000 metres. It is recommended not to opt this trek if you cannot get acclimatized in the high altitudes of Ladakh. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Experience required

A basic mountaineering course is recommended though not mandatory in case of people who have previously been on an expedition to a non trekking 6000 m peak. At least 4-5 challenging treks along with 30+ total trekking days in the Himalayas. Medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) and
Hold your breath for 40 seconds and
3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch and
Push Ups – 10 and
Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite skills

How to use an Ice Axe
How to use Climbing boots & Crampons
How to rope up & follow queued climbing/descending
How to self-arrest using an ice axe
Knowledge of Basic First aid

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Kun is one of the most accessible 7000 m peaks in India. Sign up for this expedition if you have previously climbed a 6000 m peak and are looking to push your limits.

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Camping during the trek
  • Guesthouse/Hotel stay in Delhi on Day 1 and Day 24
  • Guesthouse Stay in Leh on Day 2, Day 3, Day 7 and Day 23
  • Guesthouse Stay in Kargil on Day 8
  • Trek Meals
  • Technical Equipment - Ropes, Helmet, Ice Axe, Crampons, Mountaineering Boots, Jumar, Descender, Harness
  • Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
  • Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
  • Transport from Leh to Road head and return

What's not Included

  • Meals in Leh
  • Meals during road journeys
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions

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