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Where Will You Trek in 2023?World's Best Mountain RangesView Top 10

28 Days$12450USD

Activities
  • 5 day trek
  • 15 day trek/mountaineering
Accommodation
  • 7 nights hotel
  • 20 nights camping
Meals
  • 26 Dinners
  • 26 Lunches
  • 27 Breakfasts
10
Advanced Mountaineering Expedition
 
 

Trip highlights


  • Climb a 7000m peak on the crest of the Great Himalaya range
  • Share the camaraderie and expertise of renowned NZ mountaineer Lydia Bradey
  • Experience high level of support (1:3 climbing Sherpa to climber ratio) and quality equipment in order to maximise your chances of summitting
  • Visit remote villages and monasteries on our carefully devised acclimatisation trek
  • Appreciate the ancient Buddhist culture of Ladakh (Little Tibet)
  • Savour unrivalled views of the Trans-Himalayan Range
  • Explore ancient monasteries and forts in the upper Indus Valley

Why Book With Us

  • Led by experienced mountaineering guides trained in wilderness first aid with group medical kit.
  • Fully supported camping expedition with three hearty meals freshly prepared each day.
  • Complimentary use of trek pack including quality down jacket, sleeping bag and insulated mat. Receive a souvenir kitbag.
  • 5 star accommodation in Delhi

Join renowned, history-making mountaineer Lydia Bradey on a climb in the remote Zanskar region in Ladakh. Our objective, the beautiful 7077m Kun, is situated south of the Indus Valley in the Trans Himalaya and is part of the Nun Kun massif which rises between the Great Himalaya range and the vast Tibetan plateau. First climbed in 1913, Kun was not ascended a second time until 1971 and presents an opportunity for interesting and varied climbing, the crux being an imposing ice face where fixed ropes will guide the way to the upper plateau. More technical than other 7000m peaks, participants will require an excellent level of fitness, solid technical skills, and previous ascents above 6000m to be accepted on this expedition. Those who join will be supported by second to none climbing Sherpas from Nepal with a 1:3 climbing Sherpa to climber ratio, quality equipment, nourishing food and the watchful eye of Lydia Bradey, whose 10 ascents over 8000m and more than 35 expeditions over 6000m, make her the ideal leader for our expedition. Lydia is particularly interested in the physiology of climbing at altitude and the objective of maximising a climber’s performance (both physical and mental) on the mountain and is extremely excited about exploring and climbing in this remote and unique area in the Greater Ranges. To set you on the path to success for your ascent, a five-day acclimatization trek through the Markha Valley due south of Leh and the Indus Valley is included. The trek will also provide a rare insight into the abiding Buddhist culture of Ladakh as well as a fine introduction to the rugged Trans Himalaya landscape that stretches to the borderlands of Tibet.

Trip Code: KUN

On arrival in Delhi you will be met by a World Expeditions representative and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon (final time to be advised locally) we will visit Indian Mountaineering Foundation for briefing and meeting your Liaison Officer. The remainder of the day is free to explore Delhi and sightseeing tours can be arranged. Due to the differing times of arrival of group members and the early morning departure to Leh the following morning the initial briefing will be on ‘a need to know basis’ such as what to pack, ordering a packed breakfast, what time for departure from the hotel, arrangements for leaving gear in Delhi etc. Your World Expeditions kit bag will also be distributed after the briefing. Note: your leader will conduct your initial expedition briefing either in Delhi that evening or in Leh the following day. You may wish to consider arriving the day before the trip commences to ensure you are available for the afternoon IMF meeting. Please talk to your World Expeditions reservations consultant or your travel agent for pre-tour accommodation options.

Meals:  Nil

We board an early morning flight from Delhi to Leh (3500m) where you will be rewarded with spectacular views across the Great Himalaya and Zanskar ranges. On arrival in Leh it is essential to rest and start the all-important process of acclimatisation (and also catch up with some sleep after the very early morning start). Our schedule today will be flexible and depend on how everyone is adjusting to the altitude, it is imperative to rest, relax and acclimatise. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to climb to the Victory Fort (above the Palace) built in the 15th century to commemorate Ladakh’s independence from the invading armies from Baltistan and Kashmir. From the Palace we can also appreciate the alleyways that comprise the old town of Leh, located to the east of the main bazaar and appreciate the wonderful panoramic view back over the Indus Valley to the south. You’re sure to fall in love with Ladakh from this great vantage point!

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we have a full day sightseeing some of the outlying forts and monasteries in the Indus Valley. We include a visit to Shey Palace – the capital of upper Ladakh - until the Royal family moved to Leh in the 17th century. We also visit the nearby Tikse monastery perched on the summit of a sugarloaf mountain with commanding views down the Indus Valley. The monastery has a truly remarkable history which can be traced to the 14th century and the founding of the Tibetan DeGulug order that was to have a profound influence on Buddhist culture in Ladakh and western Tibet. A visit to the monastery includes time to appreciate the monks daily lifestyle and how its has adjusted to the modern day demands of the 21st century. In the evening we can either ascend to the Shanti Stupa and savour a magnificent sunset across the Stok range or take time to check your gear yourself for the trek.

Meals:  B,L,D

From Leh we drive down the Indus valley to the impressive confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers just above Nimu village. The road then gradually ascends the Zanskar river for approx. one hour to the confluence of the Markha river. The road then diverts to the village of Skiu (3435m) where after a short break we commence our trek up the Markha Valley to the comfortable, grassy campsite at Narding.

Meals:  B,L,D

The trail gradually ascends through abundant thickets of willow and tiny settlements and past ancient mani walls and chortens reflecting the Markha valley’s deep seated Buddhist heritage. Markha village is the largest in the Markha valley. Nowadays the village reflects a decline in younger generations attracted to the career prospects in Leh and beyond Ladakh. Beyond Markha we continue along a well-marked trail (with one river crossing) to the settlement of Umlung. En route there is an option to climb to the tiny Umlung gompa perched above the Markha valley with impressive views south to the Zanskar ranges.

Meals:  B,L,D

Beyond Umlung the valley widens to afford views of the imposing peak of Kangyaze (6400m). The trail continues alongside the course of the Markha river to Hankar (3980m), the highest village in the valley. Just above the village we reach the ruins of an ancient monastic site with further spectacular views of Kangyaze before gradually ascending across sparse grazing land to the campsite at Thochuntse (4150m)

Meals:  B,L,D

A short day to ascend, steep in places to the vast windswept grazing lands of Nimaling. In the summer villagers from Hanker lead their yaks to the high verdant pastures before returning to their village in late September. From nearby vantage points there are uninterrupted views of Kangyaze and myriad of peaks with many in the vicinity of 6000m. From camp there are dramatic views down and across the Markha Valley to the rugged outer rim of the Zanskar range.

Meals:  B,L,D

From Nimaling it’s a two hour ascent to the Kongmaru La (5150m). From the pass there are panoramic views south across the Zanskar range while to the north are the snow-capped peaks of the Ladakh Range that rise above the Indus valley. It’s a long, steep descend from the pass, first through a narrow gorge and then past a series of small settlements to the roadhead at Chogdo. From the roadhead we drive back down to the Indus valley and before a final hours drive back to Leh.

Meals:  B,L,D

An exhilarating drive, as the road heads down the Indus valley to the village of Khalsi before ascending an impressive series of switchbacks to the ancient Lamayuru monastery. It’s a further climb to the Fatu La (4108 m) before the road winds past a series of villages including Mulbec, with its ancient Buddhist statue before reaching the historic market town of Kargil. If time permits a visit to the local museum cum cultural centre above the main bazaar is highly recommended.

Meals:  B,L,D

From Kargil we ascend the Suru valley to Sanko before the valley widens to afford your first glimpse of the twin peaks of Nun and Kun. We visit Panikhar and Parachik, villages steeped in Balti traditions and like Kargil, trace their cultural horizons to Skardu and Gilgit (now in Pakistan). Just before reaching Parachik the vast Nun Glacier tumbles into the Suru river, a fitting testimony of the size and scale of these 7000m mountains. We complete our drive at Gulmotonga and our grassy camp alongside the Suru river.

Meals:  B,L,D

At Gulmotonga our expedition gear will be loaded onto our pack horses before we cross the bridge over the Suru river - the bridge being rebuilt each year to accommodate the expeditions on Kun. We then gradually ascend with our pack horses to the base camp and prepare for the 13 day expedition to summit Kun (7077m).

Meals:  B,L,D

We have ample time and contingency days to climb our objective, Kun at 7077m. Lydia and our Nepali climbing sherpa team will work together and fix the route and select the campsites on the mountain. We route we intend will entail three camps, the highest being approximately 6200m and within striking distance of the summit. The most technical section is between camps 1 and 2, with a steep ice wall of approx 50 degrees. After camp two, we will traverse a 4km plateau of snow and ice, with the two 7000m peaks, Nun and Kun at each end. In general, the climbing is moderately angled with a few prolonged steeper sections and some mixed ice and rock pitches. Alpine starts will be required and there is a need for us to move efficiently and to work well as a team to meet our objective. All the preparations and a positive, tempered attitude will pay off. The route will be determined as the conditions dictate. The exact schedule will depend on many factors, including the weather, condition of the route and condition of the members. With incredibly experienced staff and a time buffer, we have a fair amount of flexibility to achieve success for all who have worked hard from the beginning of the expedition. Summit day will be long, and this is where all the training beforehand, the acclimatisation trek, and the right attitude will combine to give you stamina and confidence to be part of a sound team, with optimum chances for the summit. The awe-inspiring scenery is just reward. From here we can view beyond the Zanskar range while to the north are the unmistakable peaks of the Karakoram.

Meals:  B,L,D

Feeling exhilarated by our adventure, we pack up and once our horses come up to collect the baggage, start trekking (5-6hrs) down to Gulmotonga.

Meals:  B,L,D

Retracing our drive to Kargil, we will have time to reflect and savour the adventure we have shared.

Meals:  B,L,D

Travelling through the vastness of Ladakh enroute to Leh. On arrival the afternoon is free to stroll through the markets and pick up some souvenirs before you return home.

Meals:  B,L,D

An early morning back over the main Himalayan range to Delhi. On arrival we shall be met on arrival and transferred to the IMF for debriefing, after which the trip will conclude with a transfer to your desired hotel. **We recommend booking your international flights the next day (in the afternoon) in case of any weather delays getting out of Leh. Please contact us for accommodation options in Delhi, or other arrangements as desired.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 27 breakfasts, 26 lunches and 26 dinners
  • World Expeditions mountaineering leader
  • 1:3 climbing Sherpa/climber ratio
  • Safety equipment including portable altitude chamber and group medical kit
  • Good quality accommodation in Delhi, Leh and Kargil
  • Two person dome tents, group camping equipment, toilet tent & mess tent
  • All internal transport by car, private bus or jeep
  • Internal flights Delhi/Leh/Delhi valued at USD$250 including 27 kg total luggage allowance
  • Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • Full service trek including 3 hearty meals each day
  • Pack horses to carry all personal and group equipment (50kg pp for personal and share of group equipment)
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • All group climbing equipment including fixed ropes
  • Briefing & debriefing with the Indian Mountaineering Foundation and Liaison Officer to accompany the trip
  • Running kitchen at Kun B.C. throughout the climbing period
  • climbing permit for Kun

  • International flights
  • Lunch & dinner in Delhi
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal technical climbing equipment including ice axe, harness and crampons
  • Airport transfer on final day
  • Snacks/energy gels/rehydration tablets etc for summit period (bring enough for a 3 day summit climb)
  • Any and all costs associated with leaving the expedition early or any changes to the itinerary as described
  • Personal porter or excess baggage requirements over and above those included
  • sleeping bag or Thermarest type (self-inflatable) mattress

About Your Leader

Lydia Bradey on her fourth Everest summit, 2016, from Nepal.&#160;-&#160;<i>Photo:&#160;Mike Roberts</i>

Lydia Bradey is a passionate mountaineer, an IFMGA International Mountain & Ski Guide and the first woman in the world to climb Mt Everest without supplementary oxygen (1988). She has climbed ten 8000m peaks including six ascents of Everest, successfully guiding Everest five times, and has been on more than 35 expeditions over 6000m. Her specialty is high altitude, remote and extreme environment climbing and guiding around the world. In the 2020 New Years Honours (NZ) Lydia was awarded an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mountaineering. Lydia enjoys sharing stories and her personal journey of overcoming insecurity, fear and discomfort to achieve outstanding successes and personal satisfaction. A focus on owning one’s own decisions and applying grit and resilience permeates her approach and she shares her stories with lively humour. Often asked why she climbs mountains, Lydia states that it is the sophistication of nature, the contrasting simplicity of life and yet consequential decision-making in wild environments, and the sharing of these experiences with other people that attracts her to the mountains. Lydia is excited to be climbing in the Indian Himalaya with World Expeditions in 2023.


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  • Park Fees valued at 600
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