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STOK KANGRI CLIMB (VIA STOK LA)




 
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STOK KANGRI CLIMB (VIA STOK LA)

Flying into the Ladakhi capital of Leh, the shapely peak of Stok Kangri (6153m) is prominent on the southern skyline. Stok Kangri climbing holiday offers the opportunity to make an ascent of this technically straightforward peak as a climax to a superb week of exploration and trekking in Ladakh. During the holiday to mt Stok Kangri, we visit Leh and surrounding monasteries. To reach our climbing objective we trek on a high-level trail, to reach Stok Kangri base camp. The ascent of Mt Stok Kangri is objectively very safe and is technically straightforward, involving easy-angled scree and snow slopes with a short section of ridge climbing, to a perfect summit dome, bedecked with prayer flags and with wide-ranging views. Mount Stok Kangri climbing perfectly suited to someone seeking their first Himalayan summit or for those who want a 6000 meter climbing holiday in the summer!

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  • On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down on our trip (and at Leh) will be around 15°C, with night-time lows below 0°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and at the height of the day it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh is not adversely affected by the monsoon and we can usually expect stable, weather. However, mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or wind cannot be ruled out at anytime.

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Is this Holiday for you ?

After spending 2 days acclimatizing to the altitude in Ladakh (3500 meters), during which time we will explore Leh and surrounding monasteries and walk around the city, the time that we actually spend on Stok Kangri trekking and climbing will be 5 days. The approach to our base camp traverses a wild area where trails are not always well-defined. In normal conditions, the ascent of Mt Stok Kangri involves no technical climbing. It may be necessary to rope up to cross a small glacier before starting the ascent which will mainly be over easy-angled scree and boulder slopes. The final 100 - 200 meters may require the use of crampons on snow slopes up to about 35 degrees and along a short rocky ridge where the guides may use safety ropes depending on the conditions on the day. Although this is not a technically demanding climb, at an altitude of over 6000 meters, it will be physically demanding. Previous crampon experience is preferable but not essential.

  • Excellent introduction to Himalayan climbing with a 6000m + summit
  • Experience the culture and hospitality of Ladakh
  • Fantastic summer adventure holiday

  • Local Ladakhi guide
  • Leh Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Oxygen tank (for descent only)
  • Private group chemical toilets
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Personal camera equipment & gear
  • Flights and airfare
  • Meals will be a mix of local and comfort food. Breakfasts will consist of bread, cheese, honey, jams, fruit, tea and Nescafe along with eggs, paranthas,etc. For lunch there will be a variety of momos, thukpas, and other dishes from which we can select, or a full packed lunch. Dinner will usually be a soup followed by lentils, vegetable curry and meat as available. Vegetarians can be catered for.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Leh Airport to the hotel in Leh. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flights from Delhi at 1030hrs. At the end of the Mt Stok Kangri climbing trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Leh Airport at 8 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 11 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Leh Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office.
  • During this trip to Mt Stok Kangri the group will spend 3 nights in Leh and 7 nights camping.. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you in the tent at around 6.30 am. At around 8 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next camp. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely to the next camp on mules. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the trek ahead. After breakfast, you can pick your packed lunch prior to setting off. Usually, our route to Mt Stok Kangri climb will involve a mix of walking through rugged terrain and scrambling over loose rocks. Be prepared for some uphill climbing every day. We will pick a beautiful spot with some shade or a meadow for Lunch. Usually we walk for around 5-6 hours every day during our Mt Stok Kangri climb. On arrival at camp, we can relax in our mess tent and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m. in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.
  • 9 Days, 3 nights hotel, 5 nights camping
  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
  • max group size: 10

MEET AT THE GROUP HOTEL IN LEH.

Meet at the group hotel in Leh. A single group transfer at 10.30am from Leh Airport to the group hotel is provided. During our climb to mt Stok Kangri, the first day is reserved for acclimatization and you will be advised to rest, eat and keep yourself hydrated as much as possible. A short walk around the city to Leh Palace in the evening can be organized.



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EXPERIENCE LEH & SURROUNDING MONASTRIES

Today is our second day of climbing Mt Stok Kangri. We will make an early start after tea and breakfast to catch the morning prayers at Thiksey Monastery. Affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it is situated on top of the hill in Thiksey village and is noted for its resemblance to Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. We will then head towards Shey where a picnic lunch will be awaiting us. After lunch, we will rest a bit and then head for Shey Palace and surrounding areas. You will be given some time to yourself to explore on your own. We will then visit Shanti Stupa and head back to our hotel for dinner. 



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DRIVE TO ZINGCHEN (3354m). TREK TO STOK LA BASE (4270m) VIA RUMBAK (3890m)

From Leh, we drive past Spituk Monastery to Zingchen which is an hour away. Here we meet our mules and trekking crew, and then trek towards Markha Valley.  The trek follows into the Zingchen gorge as we cross the stream a few times. We experience the craggy yet colorful terrain of Ladakh with colors of purple, red, green and blue shining bright.  We enter Rumbak village to green pastures and pass many 'chortens' (stupas) as we cross this magnificent village to our campsite at the base of Stok la.



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  Time
5-6 hrs walking(10-12 kms)

TREK ACORSS STOK LA (4895m) TO SMANKARMO CAMP (4380m)

Today will be the first big challenge, Stok La ! After an early breakfast, we climb steadily towards the top the high pass.  We get some fantastic first views of the Stok peak and then descend into the upper reaches of the lovely Stok valley, a high and wild area visited only by climbing groups and by the local shepherds who spend the summer months in temporary stone huts. We make our camp tonight near one of these huts at Smankarmo (4380m)



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7-8 hrs walking(8-10 kms)

TREK FROM SMANKARMO TO BASE CAMP (5000m)

After tea and breakfast, we will make our way to Base camp of Stok Kangri. You can get up early to catch some good views of the peak in the first rays in the morning.  We make our way to Base camp which will take us about 2-3 hours.. Walk slowly and easily as we will be reaching 5000m in altitude today and the air will get thinner. You will be able to spot marmots as you are reaching the base camp and a Tibetan fox, if lucky. Jackdaws will keep you company throughout the walk and you might catch sight of the stunning Lammergeier and the HImalayan Griffin  vulture. We will reach base camp by lunch. After lunch we  can go for a short walk and climb around 100-150 m to aid our acclimatization. Evening at leisure



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3-4 hrs walking(5-6 kms)

CONTINGENCY DAY FOR POSSIBLE DELAYS, OR REST AT BASE CAMP (5000m)

This is a day for rest and acclimatization prior to our ascent. Our guide will also give basic instruction on the simple techniques we will require for the Mt Stok Kangri climb. Afterwards, there will be opportunities for walks above the campsite. The small col directly above to the north-west provides a striking view of our objective.



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ASCENT OF Mt STOK KANGRI (6153m) & RETURN TO BASE CAMP(5000m)

From base camp the trail climbs over a ridge then follows the glacier at first beside the moraine and finally across rubble-covered ice to the lower slopes of the mountain. In normal conditions, much of the Stok Kangri climb involves walking across scree and boulder slopes. The final 100 - 200 meters will involve the use of crampons on snow slopes up to about 35 degrees and along a short rocky ridge where the guides may use safety ropes depending on the conditions on the day. At any time of the year but especially late in the season, the snow may extend to the glacier in which case we may use ropes to cross and crampons will be worn for the whole of the Mt Stok Kangri climb. Although this is not a technically demanding climb, at an altitude of over 6000 meters, it will be very strenuous. Once on the summit beside the cairn and streaming colorful prayer flags, the views are spectacular and extensive, stretching from the Karakoram peaks to the north to a number of almost unknown 6000 meter peaks in Tibet to the north-east, and including a bird’s eye view of the Indus Valley and Leh below us to the north. Having taken our photographs, we make the descent by the same route back to the glacier and across the ridge to reach the base camp.



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Camping
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10-12 hrs walking(10-12 kms)

TREK DOWN TO STOK VILLAGE (3595m). DRIVE TO LEH

From our base camp, we will descend directly to the upper reaches of Stok Village, with its fields of barley and buckwheat. We have time to look around the village. At Stok, we will meet our transport and make the relatively short drive back to our hotel in Leh.



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Hotel in Leh
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  Time
5-6 hrs walking(12-13 kms)

TRANSFER TO AIRPORT.

After an early breakfast we will be transferred by private vehicle to the airport. If you want to extend your stay to visit  Pangong Tso lake , Nubra Valley or Tso Moriri, please contact our staff.



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