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climb Stok Kangri

itinerary

DAY 1

Departure from London

We will meet our group and Action Challenge staff at the airport and check in together before boarding our flight to Delhi.

 

Meals: In flight    

DAY 2

Delhi

Arrive in Leh, the Capital of Ladakh, in the morning. Spend the day resting or having a wonder around the town. At the hotel we have a briefing from our Action Challenge leader, head local guide and UK Doctor. In the evening we have a welcome meal and relax before our departure on the challenge of a lifetime. Leh lies at an altitude of 3500m, so the acclimatisation has already begun!

 

Meals: D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 3

Leh - 3,500 m

Today we explore some of the cultural and historic sites in Leh and the surrounding areas. We’ll visit the Monasteries of Likir, Rising and Alchi, at altitudes of between 3200m and 3650m. The day involves driving, with optional walks. Lunch in a restaurant in Alchi, overnight in Leh.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 4

Kardung La Pass - 5380m

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 near 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..

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 5

Sumdo - 3,700 m - 6km / 2 hours trekking

The start of the expedition phase of the trip! We leave Leh by vehicle and head towards the small village of Samdo. En route we stop off at Thiksey Gompa, and ancient Monastery with very similar architectural style to the Potala Palace in Tibet. We continue of rough roads towards out start point of the trek, the village of Sumdo, 3700m. We will spend the night under canvas on the outskirts of the village after enjoying a short and easy acclimatisation walk up the valley.  

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 6

Sumdo Phu - 4,200 m - 11km / 6 hours trekking

Today is a wonderful day of trekking. We start out walking along the jeep track that passes through the village before taking to a network of smaller and narrower paths that head up the valley and into the mountains. We will pass villagers that are tending to their vegetables and, higher up, looking after their flocks. Our camp is situated at the summer pastures at 4200m. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 7

Matho Phu - 4,500 m - 13km / 8-9 hours trekking

From Shang Phu, 4200m to Matho Phu, 4500m, over the high pass Shang La 4850m. 5-6 hours of trekking. From our camp we climb higher to the Shang La, 4850m, and enjoy the spectacular views of the snowy peaks that surround the valley, including Matho Kangri 5800m and Stop Kangri 6153m. After enjoying the views we descend to our overnight camp at Matho Phu. This is the valley where the villagers of Matho spend the summer with their flocks of sheep and yaks. In this area we have a chance to see Golden Eagles, Marmots and Bharal (Blue Sheep). Matho Phu will be our campsite for the next 2 nights, 4500m

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 8

Acclimatisation day - 5,300 m - 6km / 6-7 hours trekking

Acclimatisation day. After enjoying a later breakfast we spend part of the day undertaking an acclimatisation walk towards snowy peak of Matho Kangri. We’ll try to gain good height and reach 5300-5400m. We will camp for a second night at Matho Phu 4500m.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 9

Smankarmo - 4,380 m - 10km / 6 hours trekking

Today we trek into the Stok Valley, 5-6 hours of trekking. A shorts walk from our camp in Matho Phu we head towards the base of Matho La. We gently climb towards the top of Matho La 4800m. This area is often covered with tiny flowers and flowering bushes, bright patterns of yellow, pink and blue can be seen. From the top of the pass we gently descend, for about half an hour towards our camp at Smankarmo, 4380m.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 10

Stok Kangri Base Camp - 4,900 m - 4km / 2-3 hours trekking

Today we have a relatively short walk up to Stok Kangri Base Camp, 4900m. The base camp is situated on a grassy area besides small streams that flow from the Stok Glacier. The afternoon can be spent relaxing, or by taking short walks to explore the area and take in the views of the surrounding peaks.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 11

Acclimatisation & preparation - 5,400 m - 4km / 3-4 hours trekking

Tomorrow is the big day, so it’s important to prepare, rest and acclimatise to ensure we have the highest chances of success. Our leadership team will give instruction on the simple techniques needed for the main ascent, and there will be opportunities for walks above basecamp to further aid acclimatisation and to gain views of Stok Kangri and our route. We will eat and rest well before getting an early night at Base Camp. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 12

Stok Kangri Summit - 6,120 m - 10km / 11-13 hours trekking

The summit push is long and hard, but is rewarded by wonderful views over the vast views over the Karakorum and Himalayas. We will depart in the early hours of the morning following a hearty breakfast. The climb starts gradually upwards for ~3 hours where we meet and cross the Stok Glacier. We continue upwards towards 5700m, from where we traverse more steeply up to the exposed ridge-line on the lefthand side of the summit. A rocky, and sometimes icy, final scramble brings us to the summit. The route isn’t technical, but the cold and altitude will make it hard work. After catching our breath and admiring the incredible views we careful start our descent back down to Base Camp. We’ll be back in Base Camp for a warm brunch and spend the rest of the day catching up on rest and sleep.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 13

Stok Village - 3,497 m - 13km / 5-6 hours trekking

Our last day of trekking. We descend a stunning valley past colourful rock formations and through a gorge before the valley widens and we enter the village of Stok. Our transport will be waiting to transfer us to Leh for a hot shower and a much needed Celebration Meal.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 14

Delhi

We depart from Leh on a morning flight to Delhi. We then transfer to a comfortable airport accessible hotel. You have the choice to simple relax at the hotel, or enjoy what this incredible bustling city has to offer! In the evening there is the chance for one more spectacular meal. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 15

Depart Delhi, return to UK

We depart on a morning flight back to the UK.

 

Meals: B

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