Kun | 7077m | August 2018


image: Tsewang Namgyal

We return to the Nun-Kun massif for our sixth expedition to climb Kun (7087m).  Kun is an excellent choice for a 7000 meter climb because of its short trekking approach (one day), climbing route, and relatively stable weather patterns. We approach Kun via Ladakh, spending the first week trekking and climbing in the picturesque Ladakh range as a warm-up. The climbing route on Kun is relatively free from objective hazard with the right climbing program. The weather in the region has certainly beaten the patterns of Nepal over the past three years. We are reacting to these patterns, and shifting to areas that have had better weather over the past three seasons.

Leadership. Luke Smithwick will be leading this trip, and also climbing with you on the mountain. Additionally, one Nepalese Sherpa guide will be present for every two climbers on the peak. All camps on mountain will be stocked and pitched in advance, with the route fixed in places deemed necessary by the Sherpa climbing team and Luke.

Cost Effective. Full Service. Our base camp at Kun BC will be fully stocked with a variety of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with snacks. We will have hot showers in camp, two pit toilets, and each member will have their own roomy 2 person Mountain Hardwear tent. The purpose of a base camp is for you to have a place to recover, and relax, and have space from the mountain to collect your thoughts, gather your energy reserves, and move to climbing on the mountain. We will make one rotation on the mountain before making our summit bid. A rotation entails climbing on the peak, spending nights in established and stocked camps, and then returning to our base camp for a hot shower, fresh meals, and relaxing. Our goal as a guide service is to provide a climb that keeps you strong, physically healthy, and mentally prepared for your summit.

Proving Ground. Kun is an excellent segue way into 8000 meter peaks or as a singular objective. Come and test yourself on a Himalayan giant surrounded by spectacular wilderness.

Trust. Climbing at 7000 meters is no place to be short on resources. We make the proper advance preparations to ensure that our team will be properly cared for, from airport to summit to airport. zanskar-village

>Kun expedition climb | 7087m
>Spectacular and scenic 6000m warm-up climb
>1:2 guide:climber ratio
>Team mentality
>3 camps on mountain




Luke Smithwick

Day 1 – Arrive Leh
2 – Leh trip preparations
3 – Leh acclimatization
4 – drive Photogsar
5 – trek Singge La BC
6 – trek Nyeraks
7 – trek Bear Valley camp*
*I’ve seen a Himalayan brown bear in this valley, and spotted tracks every time I’ve passed through.
8 – trek 6110m BC
9-10 – climbing days * We will try to sleep higher up on this peak to aid acclimatization if you would like. Not required. This peak is non-technical, and we will be scrambling with lightweight boots on. No crampons, axe, or harness needed.
11 – trek Zangla river camp
12 – drive Tangol
13 – trek Base Camp 4600m
14 – rest & preparations in Base Camp
15 – climb camp 1 5500m
16 – climb camp 2 6050m
17 – climb camp 3 6500m
18 – climb summit
19 – 27 contingency days*
*Contingency days allow for a rotation on the mountain for acclimatization, weather delays, and for climber health. We will utilize them as needed.
28 – trek Tangol, drive Kargil
29 – drive Leh
30 – depart Leh

  • 4 nights single hotel room in Leh
  • All other accommodation while present on scheduled trip itinerary
  • Ground transportation by private vehicle
  • ‘Himalaya Alpine’ Expedition style mountaineering trip: Delicious meals, french press coffee and herbal teas, all porterage on approach/retreat, local guides and staff, Mountain Hardwear expedition tents, equipped dining tent, experienced western guide, 2:1 Sherpa:climber ratio.
  • Goal Zero Solar charging for electronics
  • Trip/medical/rescue insurance
  • International flights
  • India Visa
  • Meals while not on expedition (Leh)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Puja cost (allow US$25)
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, bar bills, gratuities, etc.)

  • Price US$6???

    30 Days
    Trip deposit: US$1,500


    The climbing route on Kun including camp 1, camp 2, and camp 3 and an alternative camp 2 depending on snow conditions. If avalanche danger is a possibility we will use the alternative camp to the west.


    Jullay and Salaam Alaykum