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Stok Kangri, India

Noted as one of the easiest Himalayan 6000m peaks. A climb to the summit of Stok Kangri, 6153m is a gem of the Ladakh region. 


The Mountain

Where: Ladakh, India
Altitude: 6153m
Duration: 14 Days
Summary:
The Himalayas offers some of the finest trekking and mountaineering in the world. Noted as one of the easiest Himalayan 6000m peaks, Stok Kangri at 6153m is the gem of the Ladakh region. Trek through valleys dotted with small villages and monasteries. The final summit ascent has a simple glacial crossing followed by a steep zig zag path to the summit. The use of crampons and an ice axe will be required but these skills can be learnt during the trip. A magnificent peak where from its summit you will be treated to an amazing 360 degree view. Pakistan, Tibet, Indian Himalaya and Karakoram range along with the famous K2 summit triangle can clearly be seen.

The Challenge

With no technical climbing required apart from some easy scrambling, a glacier crossing and the use of an ice axes and crampons to reach its summit, this mountain is a great introduction to the Himalayas. All you require to attempt this peak in the Zanskar range is a good level of fitness, self belief and tenacity. However, previous mountaineering experience would be an advantage. For your efforts you will be rewarded with an incredible journey through small remote villages, high altitude plaines dotted with Buddhist monasteries and you’ll meet some of the friendliest and most welcoming people.

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Dates and Prices

DepartReturnNo. DaysPriceDepositAvailability  
     14  £1649   Taking Bookings Enquire Now
     14  £1649    Taking Bookings Enquire Now

 This is a ‘Land Only’ package meaning you are responsible for arranging your own flights and your trip will begin on arrival in country. We will inform you of the best flight deals and times to suit your itinerary. However, feel free to search for an alternative. If you are arriving via another airport is it your responsibility to ensure you coordinate with our groups flights to arrange meeting point.

NOTE - DO NOT BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS UNTIL YOUR DEPOSIT HAS BEEN PAID AND THE TRIP HAS BEEN CONFIRMED.

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  The Expedition at a Glance

DAY ONE
Depart from your chosen UK airport

DAY TWO
After arriving at our accommodation in Delhi, the afternoon will be spent exploring some of the sights and sounds of this bustling city.
The evening will be spent preparing our kit, receiving a briefing from your UK leader and relaxing in the warmth and Indian atmosphere.

DAY THREE
An early flight swoops us in to Leh, the beautiful capital city of Ladakh. Lehs high altitude will mean we will need to take it easy and rest for the remainder of the day.

DAY FOUR
Today we should start to feel a little more acclimatised and ready to explore some more. We will take vehicles to visit some of the local 17th century monasteries and Gompas. Hemis is 200m higher than Leh so another opportunity to acclimatise further before returning to the hotel for another nights rest.

DAY FIVE
Leaving Leh behind for now, we depart in vehicles after breakfast for Jingchen village. Once ponies are loaded with our kit we begin our leisurely walk towards Rumbak where we will establish our first nights camp.

DAY SIX
A relatively short day with little height gain. we will follow the valley to our remote camp at at the base of the Stok La pass.

DAY SEVEN
Our final approach day leads us to Stok Kangri Base Camp. We'll arrive early enough for the team to relax and enjoy the atmosphere around the camp. At 5020 metres we are at the highest point so far so it's very important to rest and recuperate.

DAY EIGHT
Our final approach day leads us to Stok Kangri Base Camp. We'll arrive early enough for the team to relax and enjoy the atmosphere around the camp. At 5020 metres we are at the highest point so far so it's very important to rest and recuperate.

DAY NINE
For our final acclimatisation walk we’ll stroll up to Advanced Base Camp (ABC), which sits at 5300 metres. From this camp we have more fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and the route we’ll take up Stok Kangri. We'll also use the day to make our final preparations, practice the essential rope and ice axe skills we'll need and get to bed early ready for our big day tomorrow.

DAY TEN
Summit attempt. A very early start will see us heading to the summit. We will aim to arrive around dawn, which ensures we have incredible 360 degree views of the Indian Himalayan and the Karakoram range in Pakistan. The summit triangle of K2 is clearly visible too. After lots of celebratory hugs and handshakes we’ll make our way back to base camp for some well earned sleep.

DAY ELEVEN
Today we’ll leave base camp and walk back to Stok Village for transfer to Leh for a much needed shower and the chance to enjoy a well deserved celebratory meal. If conditions have made yesterday's summit attempt impossible this day may also allow us another day to make an attempt.

DAY 12
A final day in Leh leaves time for souvenir hunting and relaxing to enjoy your final taste of this magnificent and unique place.

DAY 13
Today we fly back to Delhi in the morning so there’s chance to explore the city before a meal on one of the cities open roofed restaurants.

DAY 14
Flights to UK

IMPORTANT:
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. Your Leader and our local agent will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

  Expedition Highlights
  • A superb introduction to Himalayan mountaineering.
  • Learn mountaineering skills as part of the trip.
  • Visit whitewashed settlements and exquisite Buddhist monasteries 
  • Stunning views of the Himalaya and Karakorum mountain ranges.
  • Experience the chaotic and beautiful sights of India.
  • Test your bargaining skills against the market and stall traders to grab incredible exotic souvenirs. Read how in our recent article How to haggle like a pro.
  • Led by an experienced UK leader and assisted by local guides
Unique Character

Flying into Leh, the capital of Ladakh, the shapely peak of Stok Kangri sits prominent on the horizon. The region of Ladakh is a truly inspirational destination.

India has fascinated travellers for thousands of years. It’s exotic, romantic and geographically diverse – from the Himalayan mountains and wide deserts in the north to lush rainforests and sandy beaches in the south. Its people are predominantly Hindu although the Islamic culture also integral to the Indian culture. Some of the most impressive temples have been built by the smaller Jain and Buddhist communities. Although more than a thousand languages are spoken, English is the second language and is widely taught in Indian schools. Ladakh – the “Land of High Passes”, is completely different to the better known, greener landscapes of other parts of the Himalaya. It is a land of extremes; freezing winds and at times intense heat.  

  Fitness and Training

Who is this expedition best for?

Stok Kangri is an extreme altitude climb and should not be underestimated. Each day we gain more altitude as we enter the Stok Kangri approach valley.  This is a perfect trip for novice and more seasoned climbers alike. Participants should be fit  but no prior experience is needed on this non-technical route. This is a near perfect entry into the world of trekking at altitude.

You should be comfortable walking 4-8 hours per day. Summit day is the most demanding portion of the climb, typically involving 7-8 hours for the ascent and 3-4 hours for the descent. Our expeditions require strength & endurance. Being in sound physical condition is the single most important aspect for climbers to maximise their climbing potential. The better your physical condition, the more likely you are to perform well and have an enjoyable experience. The most frequent comment we have received over the years is that climbers have underestimated the fitness level needed to fully enjoy their trip.

Additionally, inadequate fitness will affect the atmosphere, pace, and overall enjoyment of the climb for all participants. We highly recommend checking with your doctor before undertaking any strenuous activity.

This is an ideal trip for those who have already summited Kilimanjaro or the higher peaks in Morocco or similar.

Preparation for climbing Stok Kangri

Climbing Stok Kangri is a serious undertaking. Just because you exercise regularly (four to six times per week) does not mean you have the conditioning needed to reach the summit of Stok Kangri. Plenty of people who have the endurance to run a marathon fail to summit high-altitude peaks. Pure cardiovascular fitness is simply not enough. You need to be able to ascend hundreds of metres on successive days carrying a day pack on your back.

Prioritise your training efforts in the following way, assuming that you are in good health and injury- free:

  1. Climbing Stok Kangri – bag-loaded uphill hiking, walking, and stair climbing
  2. Strength training for the lower body and core
  3. Cardiovascular training, including both aerobic and anaerobic workouts without pack weight
  4. Flexibility training

Most people will need to train specifically for climbing Stok Kangri for at least two to three months. During your training, you will need to progressively ramp up your hiking time, distance and elevation gain (at roughly 10% per week) to safely and effectively build your trekking-specific conditioning. Trying to rush this will increase the risk of experiencing some sort of training injury and not being ready for your trip.

If you are interested in learning mountaineering skills prior to joining this expedition, we would highly recommend one of our Scottish Winter Hill Skills programmes.

Altitude

This trek is challenging in itself, but the main challenge lies in the altitude. 

Our route allows for excellent acclimatisation to the altitude and allows you to follow the golden rule of acclimatisation ‘Climb High, Sleep Low’.

Symptoms of being at altitude include tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches and nausea. Altitude affects people differently and being super-fit is no guarantee of being less likely to feel the effects. All of our leaders have experience of trekking at altitude and are medically trained. The leader will assess your progress as you climb and their decision is final if you need to descend for safety reasons.

For more information regarding the effects of altitude, please read this current article. 

Recognising altitude sickness and how to prevent it

 

  What's Included in the Price

Whats Provided?

  1. In-country accommodation - Hotels and Camping 
  2. Camping equipment exc. sleeping bag
  3. Technical equipment i.e. crampons, axes, helmets if required.
  4. All meals exc. celebratory meal and final day lunch 
  5. All drinking water whilst trekking 
  6. In-country transportation
  7. National Park trekking fees and permits
  8. Local guides, Cooks and  Porters
  9. Experienced UK Expedition Leader throughout

Whats not Provided?

  1. UK Transport to and from the airport
  2. International flights and taxes 
  3. Personal Equipment 
  4. Travel Insurance 
  5. The hire of suitable boots if required. 
  6. Unscheduled hotels and restaurant meals.
  7. Tips for Local staff. (approx £100)
  8. Entry Visas. Will need to be optained prior to trip.
  9. Alcoholic or soft drinks not supplied during meals
  10. Entrance fees to monuments or tourist sights
  11. Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry, room service etc.
 Stok Kangri Kit List

CLOTHING

FEET

  • B2-B3 walking boots (crampon compatible) 
  • Trekking shoes or Walking boots 
  • 3 - 4 x pairs of trekking socks 
  • Gaiters - optional 

TREKKING WEAR

  • 3 x Wicking t-shirts (1 x long and 2 x short sleeved) 
  • 2 x Fleece tops (1 thick, 1 thin) 
  • Walking type trousers (zip off legs are ideal) 
  • 1 x Shorts (if you don’t have zip off leg trousers) 
  • 1 x Pair light weight trekking gloves or liner gloves 
  • 1 x Pair Heavy weight Glove or Mitten. Must be big enough to fit over liner gloves 
  • Warm hat to cover ears & Sunhat / Cap 
  • Neck gaiter or Buff 
  • Fully waterproof over-trousers with taped seams. i.e. Gore-tex or eVent 
  • Waterproof Shell Jacket i.e.Gore-Tex +with hood Down Jacket or Primaloft jacket - essential for summit day and evenings around camp 

GENERAL CLOTHES

  • Extra pair of trousers for evenings 
  • Long Sleeved Shirt 
  • Long Thermal top and bottoms 
  • Underwear 
  • Swimming costume

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT

  • Walking Crampon
  • Walking Ice Axe
  • Helmet
  • Climbing Harness

DOCUMENTS AND MONEY

  • Passport + Photocopy  
  • Money to be changed in country 
  • Money for tips approx. £100 
  • Credit Card 
  • Insurance Documentation 
  • Immunisation Card 
  • Airline Tickets 
  • Money Belt 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES

  1. No suitcases! Using a zip top expedition bag is easier for access. Also a small mesh bag is useful forleaving item at the hotel.
  2. You must only carry 1 bag and your day bag. Weight on the flight is limited and porters / Mules can only carry a certain amount of weight so please pack responsibly.  
  3. Each item is required unless specified as optional.
  4. It is possible to hire items of equipment. Our preferred provider is: www.expeditionkithire.co.uk 

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CAMPING AND GENERAL KIT

BAGGAGE

  • Soft Soft Expedition holdall 65 -75 Ltr +
  • Waterproof Rucksack liner or small dry bags 
  • Small Day Bag - 25 - 35 Ltr with good hip belt and suitable for carrying all day 

CAMPING AND SLEEPING

  • Sleeping bag - 3 - 4 season minimum 
  • Light Weight Dry bag for sleeping bag 
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional) 
  • Head Torch (Battery operated only) 
  • Spare batteries for head torch 

HYDRATION

  • 3 x 1ltr Water bottles (wide necked is better) Do not use drinking bladder as they tend to freeze.
  • Water Purification Tablets (for back up only) 
  • Vit C Tablets and/or Hydration Tablets 

HYGIENE

  • Hand Sanitiser (LOTS!)
  • 1 x Toilet roll and plastic nappy bags 
  • Wide mouthed water bottle to be used as pee bottle at night. - Optional 
  • She Wee (ladies only) Urination device - Optional 
  • Ear Plugs 
  • Wet Wipes 
  • Essential wash kit/personal hygiene items 
  • Light Weight Towel 

EXTRAS

  • Camera 
  • Trekking Poles - highly recommended 
  • Sun Glasses. Cat.3/4 100% UVA/UVB (Wrap Around style is preferred) 
  • Extra snacks. High energy andlightweight 
  • Luxury treats which you can share withthe group. i.e. chocolate or coffee 
  • iPod / Book / Kindle / Diary 

PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT

  • High Factor Sun Block SP30+ and Lip Block
  • Diarrhoea Tablets (Imodium) 
  • Painkillers 
  • Rehydration Sachets 
  • Plasters 
  • Blister Plasters (Compeed)
  • Personal medication 
  • Insect repellant  

 

 

 

COTSWOLD OUTDOOR 15% DISCOUNT

As a company we've recognised that the additional cost of having to buy clothing and equipment can be a barrier to booking on some of our programmes and expeditions.

With this in mind we've teamed up with Cotswold Outdoor. Arguably, the UK's largest outdoor retailer with stores across the country and an online shop to make purchasing as easy as possible.

All clients will recieve a 15% discount code once your deposit is paid.

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