NEW Trip 2023Manaslu Circuit & Base Camp TrekView Trip Details

24 Days$15590USD

  • 15 day trek/mountaineering
  • 8 nights hotel
  • 15 nights camping
  • 20 Dinners
  • 20 Lunches
  • 23 Breakfasts
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
  • 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.

Trip Code: KUN

On arrival in Delhi you will be met by a World Expeditions representative and transferred to your hotel, with the day spent at your leisure. Your leader will conduct your initial expedition briefing at a time to be advised locally. Your World Expeditions kit bag will be distributed after the briefing and the evening is free to relax and prepare for your adventure. Overnight: Hotel

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast, we will visit the Indian Mountaineering Foundation for our briefing and to meet the Liaison Officer who will be joining our expedition. The remainder of the day is free to explore Delhi and make final preparations. Overnight: Hotel

Meals:  B

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! Overnight: Hotel

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 may 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 in preparation for departure tomorrow. Overnight: Hotel

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/ cultural centre above the main bazaar is highly recommended.Overnight: Hotel

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 Shafat Nala and our grassy camp in the Suru Valley. Overnight: Camping

Meals:  B,L,D

At Shafat Nala 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, walking up to the moraine and our base camp where we will prepare for our expedition to summit Kun (7077m). Overnight: Camping

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 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. Overnight: Camping

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 Shafat Nala where we will join our vehicles, retracing our drive to Kargil. We will have time to reflect and savour the adventure we have shared. Overnight: Hotel

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. Overnight: Hotel

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. Overnight: Hotel

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.

Meals:  B


  • 23 breakfasts, 20 lunches and 20 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
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Delhi
  • Internal flights Delhi/Leh/Delhi valued at USD$250 including 27 kg total luggage allowance
  • Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • Full service including 3 hearty meals each day on trek/climb
  • Pack horses to carry all personal and group equipment (40kg 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
  • High Altitude porter on the mountain with 15 kg of personal gear carried plus group equipment

  • 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
  • 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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  • Internal flight valued at 250
  • Park Fees valued at 600
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  • Single SupplementUSD$590
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Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Kun Expedition (7077m) with Lydia Bradey trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.

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