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Stok Kangri Expedition(22 Days / 21 Nights)

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6,121m/20,082ft Stok Kangri is graded 1A. Stok Kangri is considered to be a suitable 'starter expedition' for fit trekkers. It is an excellent first Himalayan peak and no previous experience of high altitude or mountaineering is required. The expedition would appeal to those that want to trek in the Himalayas but also want more of a challenge with a specific objective. Those that have climbed in the Alps may also feel comfortable tackling their first high altitude peak by a straight forward a More...

Day 1 : Arrive Delhi
Assistance on arrival and transfer straight to Domestic airport to board flight for Leh.

Day 2 : Delhi - Leh
Early morning fly to Leh, the capital city of Ladakh. The flight takes us over the Greater Himalaya and makes an exciting landing at one of the highest airports in the world. We can hope to get excellent views of Stok Kangri as we fly-in and, on a clear day, the great peaks of the Karakoram are visible to the north. We are met at the airport and taken to the Ladakhi Style hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Leh is at an altitude of nearly 11,000ft, and you can expect to feel the effects of the rarefied atmosphere. For the first few hours, you may be a little breathless and perhaps have a slight headache.

Day 3 : IN LEH
Full day visit around.

Day 4 : Leh- Hemis / Thiksey / Shey / Leh
Leh-Hemis (45 kms.): Full day of sightseeing, visiting the three most important monasteries of Ladakh - Hemis Gompa, Thiksey Gompa and Shey Palace. Hemis is one of the largest and wealthiest monastry in Ladakh and houses about 150 monks; it also stages the annual Hemis festival. The Gompa, nestled in a gorge and surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery, was built in the 18th century and houses a wide range of beautiful frescoes, thankas, Buddha statues and an excellent library. On the way back to Leh, we visit the superbly situated, 16th century, Thiksey Gompa, which is perched on a hill top. The Gompa houses an important collection of Tibetan-style books, a huge Buddha statue and some excellent works of art. Last stop is the ruined Shey Palace, once the summer palace of the pre-Tibetan kings. The palace monastery houses a large, bronze, blue haired Buddha statue. Back to Leh hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 : Leh- Rafting on the Indus.
After breakfast we take a lovely one hour drive to Nemo, starting point of our 3 hours rafting on Indus, we will bob through nice villages and monasteries, after a beach lunch we return back to Leh, evening stroll along the colourful Tibetan Bazaar, or if you feel fit enough we can make a nice ascend/walk to Shanti Stupa peace pogda, from where we have excellent views of the Indus valley. Overnight in hotel.

Day 6 : Leh.
Full day leisure at Leh.

Day 7 : Drive to Lamayuru - trek to Wanla
The drive to Lamayuru is an experience in itself and takes 6 hours. The road follows the Indus for some time and then climbs ever upwards through a series of spectacular bends before dropping down into the small village of Lamayuru. We follow the gorge to the top of the Prinkiti La (3,725m). It is a fairly short, steep ascent to the summit of the La (pass), but it is soon gained if you maintain a steady pace. The path then gradually descends a narrow gorge until Mani Wall and Chortens herald your arrival in the Wanla Valley. The ochre monastery in Wanla can be glimpsed through the trees. From this point, the valley is followed and the campsite soon reached (3 hours).

Day 8 : Wanla - Ripchar Valley.
We leave Wanla and follow a broad trail that runs along the side of the valley until we reach the village of Phenji. From here, we turn up the Ripchar Valley and follow the path that contours the irrigation ditches. We pass by many villagers working in the fields and scattered houses, all the time gradually climbing higher. After the walk through the warm morning sun, lunch is taken in the shade of the trees that grow along the valley. After lunch, we continue to climb until we reach the village of Hinju, where it is possible to buy a most welcome bottle of pop. The campsite is some distance beyond Hinju in very pleasant meadows.

Day 9 : Ripchar - Konse La.
We leave early and follow an easy path until we are at the foot of the Konse La (height just under 4,950m/16,000ft). The walking at this point gets more strenuous, but all of the effort is soon forgotten once the top is reached; from this vantage point, the views are amazing. The descent is as swift as it is steep but as it eases, we pass a number of shepherds huts where we may be offered curd. The campsite is reached after about one hours decent from the pass. Total walking about 5 hours, altitude of the campsite approximately 4,100m/13,500ft.

Day 10 : Konse La - Village of Sumdo Chenmo.
The trail descends gradually, criss-crossing a pleasant stream. After a time, we leave this and follow a path adjacent to a water channel until the village of Sumdochenmo is reached. Until this point, we have been descending gradually. At a steady pace, the high point can be reached in about an hour before a gradual descent leads to a dusty but pleasant campsite with spectacular views.

Day 11 : Sumdo Chenmo - Dungduchenia.
We leave our camp and pass some herdsmans huts on our way to the top of a pass. The path is obvious and delightful views of the mountains are afforded (great place for echoes near the top). The top is reached within two hours. The Dungduchenia is at an altitude of about 4,450m/15,000ft and from here, if the weather permits, excellent views of Stok Kangri are had. The way down is most pleasant to begin with, but a steep descent into a gorge heralds the start of a slog if the weather is hot. Fortunately, the campsite at Chilling makes up for the hard work. Sometimes beer is available as well as rum for the more discerning. About 5 hours walking, altitude of campsite, about 3,100m/10,200ft.

Day 12 : Return drive to Leh.
We make a leisurely start to the day, so as to relax after completing the initial part of the expedition. The trek will have taken us through spectacular country whilst improving our fitness and acclimatisation, to the altitude and to the culture of the people of Ladakh. The benefits might not be immediately apparent, as we shake off the celebrations from the night before, but on summit day to come our acclimatised bodies will be more assured. After packing up the camp, we embark by road for the return drive along the banks of the Indus to Leh. We settle back in to our hotel for the evening.

Day 13 : In Leh.
The time is your own to rest and explore Leh. The great palace commands the city, which was the seat of the old Ladakhi kings. Beneath it, the streets, alleyways and tunnels of the ancient city are intriguing to explore, and many of the local people still wear the traditional Tibetan-like costume. There are many shops, bazaars and restaurants among which you can spend a very pleasant and restful day. On the horizon, to the south, one mountain rises higher than all around - Stok Kangri. You may find its appearance somewhat alarming, as it does look very steep from Leh. Just remember that there is an easy way up the other side! On one of these two days in Leh, you may wish to spend some time visiting the local monasteries at Shey and Thikse.

Day 14 : Leh-MathoMatho Pul
Leaving early in the morning, we drive up the Indus Valley to Matho (2 hours), which is the start of our approach to Stok Kangri., we trek up the Matho River Valley and set up camp after several hours walk, at a place called Matho Pul (4,480m/14,700ft). After our rest in Leh and with everybody fully acclimatised, everyone should be fit and in good shape for the trek to base camp and climb.

Day 15 : Matho Pul-Stok Kangri base camp.
From Matho Phul, we continue up the valley making a steep climb over a pass from which we get more super views of Stok Kangri. Also visible below is base camp and the whole route from base camp to the summit can be pointed out. From here, a steady descent leads to our base camp and home for the next three nights (altitude approx. 5,000m/16,000 ft).

Day 16 : At Base Camp
Our expedition leader will check the route, while pax do further acclimatasion and do short walks around the base camp

Day 17 : Summit day.
Our summit day begins before dawn, to give us ample time for the climb. It is most likely that we do not need our crampons for the most part as we scramble over scree and boulders, which lead up to the south ridge. The 1,500 ft ridge that stretches up to the summit is exciting and superbly exposed, although never particularly steep and very straight forward. Most of the ridge is like a steep path. At an altitude approaching 20,000 ft it is extremely tiring and anybody who needs a rope will be able to use one. The summit is a superb reward for your effort, giving magnificent views in every direction.

Day 18 : In Base Camp
One more day for summit.

Day 19 : Trek back to Stok and drive to Leh.
From base camp we trek directly down the valley towards the village of Stok. This is a delightful walk, passing several homesteads and numerous ruins of old fortresses. We reach Stok after about seven hours walking, from where transport meets us and take us back to the Hotel in Leh.

Day 20 : Leh-Delhi.
After another spectacular flight, we return to Delhi. Afternoon Guided Tour of Old Delhi, visiting Red Fort and a ricksaw ride to Chandni Chowk ( a Silver street market). Overnight in hotel.

Day 21 : In Delhi.
A time for last minutes shopping and sightseeing. Optional trip can be arranged as a day trip to Agra.

Day 22 : Departure
Early morning departure transfer to the airport to board return flight for onward destinations.

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