Mount Kun

Trip Details

  • Trip Type: Mountaineering

  • Region: Zanskar Valley - Ladakh

  • Grade: Moderately Challenging

  • Duration: 21 days

  • Max Altitude: 7077m

  • Batch Dates: Custom Trips Only

Mt Kun Peak Overview

The Nun Kun massif are the biggest peaks that dominate the Upper Suru valley in the Zanskar. Separated by a short plateau, the two peaks have separate traditional routes.


Mt Kun at 7077m is the smaller of the 2 massif's and is approached via the Shafat glacier. The first ascent of Kun happened in 1913 by Italian mountaineer Mario Piacenza. The climbing grade for Kun can vary between PD and AD depending on the month and .the snow cover. Our objective is to climb it via the East Ridge. The trek to Base camp from the road is a day long. Nun and Kun are both very attractive climbs considering road accessibility and the day hike that gets us to base camp. The climbing Grade can vary between PD to AD. This peak is surely a natural progression if a future 8000m peak is on your bucket list.

Trip Cost

This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this climb. 


Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Leh (3400m)

Get a flight to Leh town and transfer to the hotel. Relax and acclimatize. Visit Leh market in the evening. Overnight Hotel.


Day 02 : Acclimatization in Leh

Optional visit to the Leh Palace and the Shey and Thikse gompas.  Last minute shopping in the Leh market. Overnight hotel.


Day 03: Leh - Kargil (2676m)

Duration: 6-7 hours

We drive to Kargil today, past the confluence of the Zanskar and the Indus rivers. We pass the derelict fort at Basgo, the painted caves at Saspol to reach Khalsi where the road crosses the Indus River and the beautiful Gompa at Lamayuru. Continue to cross the Fotu La (4108m) and Namika La (3700m) to reach the village of Mulbekh. 41kms further is the town of Kargil which marks the transition to a predominantly Muslim area from where one can either continue west to Kashmir or take the rough road south up the Suru valley into Zanskar, which is our destination. 


Day 04: Drive Kargil to Shafat (3650m)

Duration: 7-8 hours

From Kargil, we drive further South into the Suru valley for 70km to Panikhar. The Balti settlements along this valley are surrounded by lush fields growing a wide variety of crops and fruits. As we gain height we see the first glimpses of Nun and Kun. The road turns East for 63 kms, past the last Muslim settlement of Parkachik. Our road head is Shafat, short of the Buddhist Gelukpa monastery of Rangdum. Camp next to the police post at Shafat.


Day 05: In Shafat

Take the day to sort out your equipment, take a couple of short hikes and acclimatise. 


Day 06: Trek Shafat to BC (4200m)

Duration: 5-7 hours

We start our walk along the Shafat Nalla, through meadows to Chasme. From here, we walk on the moraine crossing the Shafat glacier to the Base Camp. 


Day 07 - 18: Climbing days

We take the next 12 days making load ferries, setting up Camp 1 (5300m), Camp 2 (6000m) and Camp 3 (6200m) while acclimatising for the summit push. The route to Camp 1 is a gradual climb through the moraine and the glacier fields of the Shafat glacier. Camp 1 to Camp 2 is the crux of the climb - a 700m ice wall. We camp at the top of the ice wall.


Day 19: Base Camp - Shafat

Duration: 5-6 hours

We retrace our steps back to Shafat and the road head.


Day 20: Drive back to Leh.  


Drive back to Leh and to the hotel. 


Day 21: Leh

Breakfast and departure. Trip Ends!

Cost Includes

  1. All transfers in a non-ac vehicle as per the itinerary (Manali Hotel - Manali Hotel)
  2. All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
  3. Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents/ hotel
  4. All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water ( meals in hotels not included) 
  5. Camp staff and cooks until the Base Camp
  6. Climbing guide for the duration of the trip
  7. Portage up to 10kg/person until the Base Camp
  8. Insulated sleeping pads.
  9. All technical climbing group gear
  10. Peak fee/sanctuary fee/royalty/permits where applicable

Cost Excludes

  1. Sleeping Bags
  2. Any food in Manali hotels 
  3. All expenses of personal nature like bottled water, drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  4. Personal Mountaineering Equipment and Clothing
  5. Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover - asc360 provides adventure insurance in the Indian Himalayas
  6. Transfers to Manali hotels
  7. Transport to and from Manali at the beginning and end of the trip
  8. Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control

Things you need to get

  1. Sturdy backpack/rucksack (70 lt)- This will go on horses until Base Camp
  2. Backpack small ( 20 - 30 Ltrs) - to carry everyday
  3. Warm hiking pants and shirts/T-shirts/sweatshirt.
  4. T-shirt wicking Layer.
  5. Good hiking shoes.
  6. Head light with extra batteries.
  7. Sunglasses.
  8. Sunscreen (SPF 50+) and toiletries.
  9. Thermal Underwear / Long Johns (Upper + Lowers)
  10. Insulated Water bottle/ 750 ml flask.
  11. Warm fleece jacket.
  12. Rain Gear
  13. Down jacket.
  14. Warm gloves - thin to work in the ice.
  15. Warm gloves - thick (Waterproof)
  16. Warm socks
  17. Head Gear (balaclavas/woollen cap, sun hat, bandana etc.)
  18. 4 Season Sleeping bag (-10 deg C or lower)
  19. Personal recreation: camera, books, music, cards etc
  20. Hiking poles
  21. Personal climbing harness
  22. Helmet
  23. Gaiters
  24. Crampons
  25. Carabiners
  26. Ice axe
  27. Rope slings for self anchors
  28. Prescribed medication if any