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Stok Khangri Climb

Namaste Nomad / Stok Khangri Climb

Stok Khangri Climb

€1600 per person

The demanding trek to the summit of 6153 m Stok Kangri offers spectacular views stretching from Tibet in the east to the Karakoram in the northwest and the Himalaya to the south.

This strenuous trek offers an unforgettable opportunity to enjoy Tibetan culture and magnificent scenery. Ponies carry our gear and our staff prepares savory meals. There will be time to acclimitize and sightsee in Leh before and after the trek. This isolated area is infrequently visited due to its location near the border between India, and Tibet. Although careful to retain their cultural heritage, the Ladakhi people are open and friendly to visitors.

Strenuous: Usually involves high-altitude hiking along rugged trails, crossing passes or reaching peaks as high as 18,000 to 20,182 feet. Weather can be variable and snowfields may be encountered. Daily hiking is extensive — sometimes for as much as eight or nine hours. This trip is long in overall duration and designed for experienced hikers who want to be challenged. No technical climbing skills are needed and days for rest are appropriately included, but overall this trip is arduous and meant for hearty hikers.

14 Days
21+ Age

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Day 1: Arrival
Arrive in Delhi and Rest Full day, evening walk around the market. Night stay In Delhi.
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Day 2: Agra
We Drive To Taj Mahal and spend the night In Agra.
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Day 3: Rise & shine
Early morning Sunrise view of Taj mahal and Red fort of Agra, we back to Delhi, spend night In Delhi.
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Day 4: Ladakh

Exploring the city of Leh (3,350m).After arrive in leh we receive you from Airport. We have two days to relax and stroll around Leh, to allow the effects of the altitude to wear off. This is an important period, which allows the body to acclimatise in preparation for the initial trek. There are plenty of distractions in Leh, varying from scenic and cultural to gastronomic. There are options of visiting the 11th century monastery at Alchi and the famous Khardung La pass (the highest motorable road in the world).

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Day 5: Sightseeing

Trek to Sumdo (3,800m). In the morning we will visit the Thiksey Monastery, which is 18Km outside of Let and continue our drive to the beginning of the trek to Shang. The bird life on our acclimatisation trek is spectacular, with previous teams have spotted Lammergeyer, Peregrine Falcon, Choughs, Indian Griffon Vulture and White-winged Redstart. Our walk begins up a stony valley via a well-defined path. There are several river crossings en route to our camp, which we establish just before the gorge at Sumdo (3,800m). Overall, it should take about 3 hrs to get to camp

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Day 6:Acclimatization
We arrange the permits, check equipment, do shopping for your personal use, meet guides and kitchen crew. Briefing in evening. At least two to three days acclimatization is required to do this trek.
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Day 7: Drive to Stok

Day 3:Trek to Shang Phu (4,365m). Fom Sumdo, we head directly up the valley to Shang Phu at an altitude of 4,365m to complete a total of 5 to 6 hrs walking. This is one of the most beautiful camp sites on the trek, but do look out for Wolves, as they are quite common in this remote place.

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Day 8: Leh – Stok – Rumbak

Cross the Shang La (4,960m). Our third day on trek is probably the toughest non summit day of the trip, as we climb 900m to a high point on the Shang La. This part of our acclimatisation trek traverses an area which is very rarely visited and involves the crossing of many spurs and minor passes, with occasional views northwards towards the Indus Valley and the peaks beyond. Following our ascent to the Shang La (4,960m), we then descend to the Tokpo River for lunch. After lunch we trek downhill, contouring around spurs and over a 4,550m pass to our camping place at Gangpoche (4,435m). Today we can expect to walk for 6 to 7 hours.

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Day 9: Rumbak – Stok la – Mankarmo

rek to Smankarmo (4,380m). It's another steady climb in the morning, this time up to the Matho La (4,965m). From just before the pass we have our views of Stok Kangri. When it is clear, it is also possible to see the 8,000m Gasherbrum peaks 210 km away in Pakistan. Kashmir is in the narrow gap in the foreground. At the Matho La pass, we can walk 100m southwest on the top of the ridge, just past the first small hill for views of Saltoro Kangri. We then descend into the valley to the north of Stok Village. This lovely valley is a high and wild area, which is visited only by climbing groups and by the local people who spend some of the summer months in picturesque villages of stone huts, from where they tend their flocks of sheep and goats. We camp near Shepherds huts at Smankarmo (4,380m) after 4 to 5 hours of walking.

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Day 10: Mankarmo – Base camp

Trek to Stok Kangri base camp (4,980m). A two hour trek takes us up to the base camp area for Stok Kangri (Yarlas at 4,980m). This pleasant campsite is on a grassy area beside a meltwater stream. In the afternoon we can walk above our camp for views of the Rimo peaks (adjacent to the Siachen Glacier in the East Karakoram), where the meltwater torrent flows out of the very middle of the Gulap Glacier's terminal moraine at 5,160m.

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Day 11: Summit

Acclimatisation walk to 5,400m. It used to be possible to use an advance base camp at 5,400m below the south face. This is now not allowed, so we spend today walking up towards this site as part of our acclimatisation and to scope out our route. From base camp, we climb straight up the moraine, which stands immediately above our camp. This is tiring work but it soon eases to give a gentle descent and access to the glacier beyond. Depending on snow conditions, we may put on crampons to walk onto the glacier. The surface of the glacier will probably be uneven and furrowed by melt water streams. There are a few, very small crevasses, which are crossed easily. At the top of the glacier the slope steepens as we climb up onto the south face to where the site of the old camp is located, on a promontory of rough ground.

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Day 12: Base camp – Summit (Stok Kangri) – Lchangmachen

A rest day and time for final preparations. We have a day of relaxing and preparing for the big summit day tomorrow, before spending another night at base camp to complete our acclimatisation.

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Day 13: Lchangmachen – Stok – Leh

Summit day. Our summit day begins before dawn, to give us ample time for the climb. Psychologically it will be helpful to have previously covered the ground to the old advance base camp, as we will be doing this section of the ascent in the dark. From the advance base camp, the nature of the route depends on the snow cover. 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 straightforward. Most of the ridge is like a steep path, so ropes are not usually necessary, although some scrambling is required. 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. The city of Leh is so small that you can barely see it. After taking photographs and perhaps a bite to eat, we set off back down the hill. The route taken depends on the leader, but it is usually a reversal of the way we went up. Occasionally our groups have descended the South Face, in which case a small abseil is necessary near the top. On reaching the glacier, we return all the way back to base camp.
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Day 14: Home

Trek to Stok from base camp. From base camp we trek directly down the valley towards the village of Stok. This is a delightful walk through a dramatic canyon with amazing red sandstone formations. It is an excellent example of vertical strata showing how plate tectonics can shape mountains so quickly. Alos, look out for Blue Sheep as they scamper across steep rock faces, which most of us wouldn't venture onto without climbing equipment! We pass several homesteads and numerous ruins of old fortresses, reaching Stok after about six hours walking. Our transport meets us here to take us back to the  Hotel in Leh.

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15 Day

Your choice of day either you fly back or stay and do some Rafting in Zanskar river to go for another trek.

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16 . Fly to Delhi
Fly to delhi early morning from Leh , and fly back Home.

PRICE INCLUDES

Daily Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner while in Trekking

All Breakfast Entire trip

3 Dinners

All Taxes Environmental fee

Monastery entrances

English Speaking Guide

Accommodation on Twin Sharing basis as per itinerary listed above or similar

Return airport

Transfer along with all sightseeing by Non Ac Vehicle In ladakh.

Ac Luxury Ac car transport In Delhi and Agra

Climbing Guide and Sherpa, Cook, Helper, Pony

All taxes

All Meals

Stok Summit Fee

English Speaking guide through-out the trek

Utility for camping crew pick-up, and drop

All camping equipments such as sleeping tent, toilet tent, dining tent, sleeping bag, kitchen equipments etc

Pick-up and drop to trek start and from trek ending point

Climbing Rope

All climbing equipments

PRICE EXCLUDES

Personal travel insurance

Transfers to and from Dublin airport

International Flights (Optional)

Medical Vaccinations

Tourist Visas

Personal equipment

Lunch and dinner in Delhi

Personal spending

Any additional services not included in the itinerary such as excess baggage charges, hotel, porterage, and any items of a personal nature such as laundry, room service charges, drinks, phone calls, etc.