Kun | 7077m | Ladakh



2 hours


Climb Kun (7,077m / 23,218ft) with  རི Ri Guides

We are taking bookings for expeditions in 2022 and following years.

Is a mountaineering expedition for you?

Our Kun mountaineering expedition is suitable for people with basic mountaineering skills at a very good fitness level, wanting a high altitude mountaineering adventure.

Kun is a stunning mountain, the second highest peak in between the Zanskar and Kargil regions of Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas.

We will acclimatise on the classic Markha Valley trek crossing a high pass((Kongmaru La) of about 5200m to acclimate. This is your opportunity to summit a majestic Western Himalayan mountains.

2023 Dates:

The best climbing time is July to October.

Duration: 26 days

  • 12 pre-climbing and acclimatisation days (includes acclimatisation on Classic Markha Valley Trek)
  • 10 climbing days on Kun (includes rest days and days for contingencies)
  • 4 post-climbing days


Strenuous, Basic to good mountaineering skills required with a very good fitness level. Previous experience of climbing a 6000m+ mountain is prerequisite.


Twin share hotel and camping while on trek




  • Experienced local trekking guide who has completed this trek multiple times
  • Experienced guide for the monasteries
  • Safety and health precautions:
  • InReach satellite messaging system (when allowed)
  • Oxygen saturation monitoring system
  • Full medical kit
  • All accommodation in Leh with breakfast
  • Camping accommodation during trekking
  • All camping equipment including sleeping tent, foam mattress, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent
  • All meals and drinks during trekking
  • High quality food serviced by an experienced cook and attendants during the trek
  • Service of horse/mule drivers and horses or mules
  • Entry fee into Hemis National Park and camping fees
  • Airport transfers.
  • Flights – please ask us if you need help with arranging your domestic flights
  • Medical and evacuation insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Leh (breakfast is included with accommodation)
  • Laundry services
  • Other services not mentioned in the package
  • Tipping our crew.

Itinerary & Day-Wise Plan

Arrive at Delhi and attend briefing at IMF We will greet you at Delhi international airport and drive you to your hotel. From your hotel, we will go to the IMF where we will get our climbing permit and meet our Liaison Officer. We can also visit the mountaineering museum in the same building.
Fly from Delhi to Leh (3,500m/11,483ft) Welcome to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, a large town tucked far in between the great mountain ranges of the Himalayas and East Karakoram and part of the great Trans Himalayan range. Your early morning 75 minute flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, over the Himalayas will be one of the most picturesque flights you’ll ever experience. If you sit on the left side of the plane, you will see Nun (7,135m / 23,409ft) and Kun (7,077m / 23,219ft), one of the two highest mountains in far western Ladakh. If the sky is clear, on the Northern horizon you will see K2 (8,611m / 28,251ft), the world's second highest peak, and other 8000m peaks of the Karakoram Range. We will greet you at Leh airport and drive you to your hotel or home stay. The rest of the day depends on your jet lag and acclimatization to Leh’s high altitude. We can take an evening stroll in the old Leh town with narrow alleys with muslim bakeries, Tibetan monasteries, Tibetan and Kashmiri antique shops, and a bustling Main Bazaar.
: Acclimatisation and guided tour to Hemis Monastery and Thiksey Monastery Ladakh is the only place besides Tibet where almost all the major sects of Tibetan Buddhism still exist. You will see architecture and a lifestyle similar to Central Tibetan traditions and visit Hemis Monastery and Thiksey Monastery. Hemis Monastery, belonging to the Drukpa Kagyu sect, is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Ladakh. It was first built in the 11th century. Stories of Kalachakra and the Lords of the Four Quarters are etched on the walls of its ancient corridors. There are golden statues, precious stones and a library with Tibetan books, relics and manuscripts. The Hemis Festival is a dazzling celebration of the birth of the Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava). The Cham Dance (masked dance by the monks) should not be missed at Hemis Monastery. Thiksey Monastery, belonging  to the Gelugpa sect, is 12 stories high. It has 10 temples, showcases stunning Ladakhi architecture, a 15m high statue of Maitreya (future Buddha), fierce paintings and statues of deities and other Tibetan Buddhism artifacts.
Drive from Leh to Hamurja via Skyu, trek to Sarah (3570m 1-2 hrs) Today would be a short walk for the first day. It’s better to keep it easy for the first day of walking. Overnight stay in tents.
Trek Sarah to Markha (3750m 3-4 hrs) You will trek one of the loveliest sections of the Markha Valley. Nonetheless, be aware that this part of the Markha Valley can get quite hot. The powerful Markha River rushes through a gorge that is decorated by willow and wild rose. Several bridges cross the Markha River and you will trek over them. We will camp beyond the village of Thinlespa camp, next to Markha River. Overnight stay in tents.
Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4250m 4-5 hrs) We continue to trek through Markha Valley. It is cooler here. You will discover a ruined fort between the twin villages of Lower and Upper Hankar. The walls of this fort climb sharply up to an aerie of a lookout tower – if you enjoy heights, you will love exploring this place. Afterwards, we will follow the Nimaling River to camp at Thachungtse. Overnight stay in tents.
Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling (4800m 4-5 hrs) We will trek through Markha Valley to reach a picturesque alpine lake. The majestic Kang Yatse (6,400m / 20,997ft), the highest mountain in the Zanskar range, will be right in front of you. Afterwards, we will reach Nimaling plain, a broad, undulating alpine meadow that reaches the base of Kang Yatse. Nimaling’s rivulets provide pasturage for yaks, sheep, goats, dzos and horses that come from the Markha and other villages. There may even be wild white-tailed hares, blue sheep or wolf. We will make camp in the early afternoon and relax, explore and view the wildlife for the rest of the day. Overnight stay in tents.
Trek Nimaling to Chokdo via Kongmaru La (5270m 6 hrs) and Drive back to Leh. After crossing the Nimaling River you will climb Kongmaru La, the highest pass on this trek. You will be rewarded with the stunning vista of the Himalayas. On a clear day, you will see K2 and other giant 8000m+ mountains of the Karakoram Range. Afterwards, we will descend steeply into the Martselang Valley to reach the sulfur springs of Chuskyurmo. And a short descend from there takes us to Chokdo. From here we will drive back to Leh. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Drive from Leh to Alchi Monastery, Lamayuru Monastery and Kargil (2,676m/8,780ft) Much of our time will be spent driving to Kargil today. At Lamayuru, we will encounter landscape which has been compared to the moon’s surface. If time allows, we will visit Alchi Monastery and Lamayuru Monastery on the way to Kargil. Located on the South bank of the Indus River, Alchi Monastery is said to be built between 958 AD and 1055 AD. Alchi Monastery belongs to the Gelugpa sect and contains some of the oldest surviving paintings of Buddhism and Hindu Kings. It also contains huge statues of the Buddha and elaborate wood carvings and artwork. Lamayuru Monastery (belonging to the Drikung Kagyu sect) is one of the largest and oldest monasteries in Ladakh, dating back to the 10th century. Approximately 150 monks reside at the monastery. The monastery houses a rich collection of artifacts, wall paintings, statues and carpets.
Drive from Kargil to Shafat Valley (a.k.a. Golmatangus, 3,700m/12,139ft) From Kargil, we will drive along the Suru River through a valley, taking breaks in small villages. Today, we will see Kun and Nun for the first time. We will camp in a large meadow next to Suru River in the Shafat Valley.
Trek to Base Camp (4,650m/15,256ft, 6 hours) We will cross a bridge over Suru River and ascend through meadows covered in Edelweiss flowers. We will cross the glacial moraines to reach Kun Base Camp.
Rest and sort gear at Base Camp We will prepare the equipment, gear and food for the climb.
22: climbing days (including rest days and days for contingencies)
  • Base camp (4,650m/15,256ft) to Camp 1 (5,340m/
17,520ft, 4-5 hours ascent, 2 hours decent) The route crosses small rivers in moraine terrain. After setting up a gear stash in this area we will continue to ascend and negotiate several small crevasses.
  • Camp 1 (5,340m / 17,520ft) to Camp 2 (6,120m /
20,079ft, 8 hours ascent) The route involves ascending 800m on 30-35 and 40-45 degree steep snow slopes using fixed lines. A snow plateau between Nun and Kun is where Camp 2 is situated. Climbers look directly at the rock and ice face of Kun here.
  • Camp 2 (6,120m/20,079ft) to Camp 3 (6,330m/20,768ft, 3-4 hours ascent)
The route involves crossing the snowy plateau between Nun and Kun. We will rest in Camp 3 before climbing to the summit with an alpine start.
  • Summit day (7,077m/23,219ft, ascend and descend in 12-15 hours)
The route involves ascending a ridge and a 50 degree+ steep snow slope using fixed lines. The summit view is undoubtedly spectacular. After summiting, we will descend as far as we can go to the lower camps, e.g. Camp 3. The next day, we will descend to Kun Base Camp.
: Trek from Kun base camp (4,650m / 15,256ft) to Shafat Valley (3,700m / 12,139ft) Today we will return to Shafat Valley. Horses or mules will carry most of our gear from Kun Base Camp to Shafat Valley.
Drive from Shafat Valley to Kargil or Leh We will drive to Kargil or Leh.
Drive from Kargil to Leh, or relax in Leh. Enjoy Leh’s attractions and prepare for your flight out to Delhi tomorrow.
Leh - Delhi - IMF debrief Upon arrival in Delhi in the afternoon, we will go to the IMF for the expedition’s debriefing. Here, the expedition officially ends. Please note: This itinerary is approximate. Clients are embarking on adventure travel in a remote mountain region and the itinerary is subject to weather, road conditions, vehicles and local availability of horses or mules. Ri Guides will make every effort to see that clients acclimatize completely, and complete and enjoy their trip. Please read RiGuidesTermsandConditionsandLegal. Prices are in US dollars and are subject to change. Inclusions:
  • Experienced and professionally certified local Mountain Guide and Sherpas that have summited Kun multiple times
  • Safety and health precautions:
InReach satellite messaging system (when allowed)
Oxygen saturation monitoring system
Oxygen cylinder
Boiled water
Safe, sanitary, delicious and plentiful food and drinks
Full medical kit
  • Fixed ropes and equipments for fixing ropes
  • All accommodation in Delhi and Leh with breakfast
  • Butane gas and burners for high camps
  • Liaison officer’s fee to the IMF, accommodation and transportation
  • Camping accommodation while acclimatizing and climbing Kun
  • All camping equipment including sleeping tent, foam mattress for base camp, mess tent, dining tent and toilet tent
  • All meals and drinks while trekking and climbing
  • Good quality food serviced by an experienced cook and attendants
  • Service of horses or mules and their drivers
  • Liaison officer’s fee to the IMF, accommodation and transportation
  • All monastery entrance fees and camping fees
  • Pick up from Delhi Airport and Leh Airport and return to Leh Airport.
  • Flights - please ask us if you need help with arranging your domestic flights
  • Personal clothes, personal climbing climbing gear and sleeping bag
  • Medical and evacuation insurance
  • Meals and drinks in Leh and Delhi except breakfast
(breakfast is included with accommodation)
  • Laundry services
  • Other services not mentioned in the package
  • Extra cost if the expedition finishes early and the cost arising from early departures
  • Tipping our crew.
Price: $5450 (foreign clients)  ₹2,45,000 (domestic clients) Contact us to create your own trip in the Himalayas today. ཇུ་ལེ། Jullay!

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