Mt Kun standing at an arduous altitude of 7077 meters (21231 ft) has been summited successfully by our Regiments brave hearts. Mt Kun of Nun Kun massif near Kargil is one of the toughest peaks of 7000 meters plus category and considered a benchmark to be achieved before attempting Everest summit. With its steep gradient, glaciated approach and unreliable weather it presented a daunting challenge to our expedition team led by Lt Col Yogesh Dhumal.
The expedition has been undertaken to commemorate Maratha Regiments 250 years of Valour and Victory. It was flagged off from Pune by Gen D R Soni, Southern Army Commander on 17 Jul 2018.
The expedition team reached its road head camp at Kumbathang ahead of Kargil on 10 August 2018 after undertaking a final phase acclimatization training at Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering in Sonamarg.
The daunting challenge to scale Mt Kun began in earnest and the expedition team began its climb progressing steadily to establish three staging camps along the treacherous slopes of Mt Kun.
The requirement of climbing in stages was due to the need to ferry loads and acclimatize at various altitudes and finally in spite of blizzard-like conditions and fighting off the fresh snowfall on 20 Aug 2018 at 1045 hours the MARATHA Regimental flag found its rightful place atop Mt Kun. The will to succeed and grit demonstrated by the expedition team epitomizes the true ethos of MARATHA Regiment in its 250th year of raising following the traditions of Valour and Victory in all battlefields.