Stok kangri climb a classic 6000 metre trekking peak climb in ladakh – ke adventure travel gas 85

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After spending 4 days acclimatising to the altitude in Ladakh (3500 metres), during which time we will visit monasteries around Leh and also drive up to the Khardung La, the time that we actually spend trekking and climbing will be 8 days. The approach to our basecamp traverses a wild area where trails are not always well-defined. In normal conditions, the ascent of Stok Kangri involves no technical climbing. gas and supply locations 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 metres 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. The ridge is not a knife-edge, but there is a degree of exposure and some scrambling may be required depending on the snow conditions. Although this is not a technically demanding climb, at an altitude of over 6000 metres, it will be physically demanding. Previous crampon experience is preferable but not essential. View dates and prices

After an early breakfast, we return to the airport (this time to the Domestic Terminal) for the early morning internal flight to Leh. The hour long flight is simply spectacular and provides close-up views of the 7000 metre massifs of Nun and Kun. Arriving at Leh (3524 metres), we drive by jeep to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to either rest in the shade of the hotel courtyard or your room. For those not phased by their long air journey, later in the afternoon the guide will organise a lazy walk into Leh’s colourful bazaar to check out the roadside stalls selling Tibetan artefacts. 4 gas planets Flying straight into the high altitude of Leh can take your breath away and it is best to concentrate on acclimatising for the first few days.

A full day’s sightseeing tour. We visit several of the area’s most important monasteries such as Alchi, with the opportunity to meet some of the monks who live here. Some of these monasteries occupy elevated sites and offer remarkable views across the Indus Valley to the Zanskar Ranges, as well as good acclimatisation walking up and down steps!

Today, we further our acclimatisation with a jeep drive up to the 5380 metre Khardung La, one of the world’s highest road passes. This high pass in the mountains to the north of Leh leads into the Nubra Valley, which has until recently been closed to foreign visitors. The 2000 metre climb to the pass provides panoramic views of the Zanskar Range beyond the Indus Valley, with Stok Kangri standing out prominently as one of the higher peaks in the range. At the pass itself, there are views of the little-known peaks of the Eastern Karakoram. After taking tea at the pass, gasping in the thin atmosphere, we return to our hotel in Leh.

From Leh, we drive along the Indus Valley to Thiksey monastery where we can take a look around this ancient gompa. From here we continue the journey, turning off the highway to follow a rough road into the mountains as far as Shang Sumdo (3800m) where we will spend our first night under canvas. Our first day of trekking is a gentle wander up the valley and back to camp.

A gradual ascent up the valley from Shang Sumdo to Shang Phu. (4350m). Today’s walk begins on the jeep road passing through villages before we reach a network of smaller trails taking us higher into the mountains. We will see the local people working in the fields of vegetables and pass by a small monastery high on the mountainside. Depending on the conditions there may some river crossings (for which you will require your sandals). gas in oil lawn mower Reaching camp in the afternoon there will be time to relax and meet the local shepherds and their flocks as they return from the high mountains at the end of each day.

After yesterday’s pleasant stroll to ease us into the swing of things, we have a tougher day today, amassing some 800 metres of ascent over the course of the day. This part of our route involves the crossing of many spurs and minor passes, with occasional views northwards towards the Indus Valley and the peaks beyond. Our highest pass today is the Shang La (4960m). From here we descend to the Tokpo River for lunch and afterwards, we trek generally downhill, contouring around spurs and with a climb over a 4550m pass, to Mathophu (4400m).

We start the day with a steady climb to the Matho La (4965m) where we gain our first views of Stok Kangri appears 150m before this pass, where if it is clear, we can see the 8000m Gasherbrum peaks 210 km away in Pakistan controlled Kashmir. From the top of the pass we 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)

We have just a short trek this morning to reach the basecamp area for Stok Kangri at an altitude of 4980 metres. The very pleasant campsite is on a grassy area beside a number of meltwater streams. In the afternoon we can walk above our camp for views of the surrounding peaks; Stok Kangri, Parchu Kangri and many others. Alternatively you can choose to rest and relax at camp.

This is a day for rest and accloimatisation prior to our ascent. Our guide will also give basic instuction on the simple techniques we will require for the climb. There will be opportuinities for walks above the campsite or you can choose to relax and make final preparations for the ascent. The small col directly above to the north west provides a striking view of our objective.

The day will begin with a very early breakfast as we make an ‘alpine start’ for our ascent of the peak. From basecamp 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 climb involves walking across scree and boulder slopes. The final 200 metres may involve the use of crampons on snow slopes (according to the levels of snow cover) 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 at the start or end of 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 climb. Although this is not a technically demanding climb, at an altitude of over 6000 metres, it will be very strenuous. Once on the summit beside the cairn and streaming colourful prayer flags, the views are spectacular and extensive, stretching from the Karakoram peaks to the north to a number of almost unknown 6000 metre 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. power vocabulary words Having taken our photographs, we make the descent by the same route back to the glacier and across the ridge to reach the basecamp.

From our basecamp, we will descend directly to the upper reaches of Stok Village, with its fields of barley and buckwheat. The trek today is almost all downhill and truly spectacular, through rocky gorges surrounded by unusual geological formations. We have time to look around Stok village and even visit the museum at the imposing Stok Palace. At Stok, we will meet our transport and make the relatively short drive back to our hotel in Leh.

We have an early start and go to the airport to catch our flight to Delhi. Arriving in Delhi, we transfer to our airport accessible hotel in time for lunch. In the afternoon, a city sightseeing tour is provided. This will included the Qutab Minar and other Delhi sights which may include Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Lutyens Delhi, Raj Ghat depending on time available. Alternatively, you may choose to take it easy at the hotel and relax by the pool.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. gas 91 For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. It is important to remember tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. For your trek crew we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We recommend that you give tips as a group rather than from individual group members and suggest you decide together on a level of tips that suits everyone. As a rough guide we suggest a contribution of around £50 – £60 (in local currency) per group member to a ‘pool’ should provide an appropriate level of tips. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters, many of whom are simple farmers earning extra cash by portering for trekking groups. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the local guides and camp crews. Free KE Gift

The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking, including your sleeping bag, should be no more than 15 kgs. Your mountaineering equipment will be packed into additional, communal kitbags at the start of the trek in Leh and this equipment will not be part of your personal 15 kgs trekking weight limit. If you are bringing your own mountaineering equipment, you must factor this into your overall baggage weight for the Leh flights. d cypha electricity You must bring the following items

** Mountaineering boots : Well-insulated single boots designed for Alpine mountaineering (minimum B2 rating) are suitable for departures prior to September. For departures in September or October the low temperatures encountered combined with high altitude mean that double boots with insulated inners (eg. Scarpa Vega HA, Scarpa Omega IT, La Sportiva Spantik, Boreal G1 light) are the best to keep your feet warm. These boots are also designed to take step-in crampons, quickly and efficiently. You must make sure that you are suitably equipped for these low temperatures PHD Gear Advisor

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