This trip is a perfect first “Himalayan Summit” experience. It is especially for those keen walkers who want a little more adventure than an ordinary trekking holiday, or if looking for a 6000 m climbing holiday.

After arrival to New Delhi, we fly in to the Ladakhi capital of Leh, where we spend the next 4 days acclimatizing. During these 4 days we visit monasteries around Leh and also do a day trek from Likir to Yangthang for acclimatization.
The trek from Leh to Stok Khangri Base Camp ventures into the breathtakingly beautiful Shang Valley. This journey in its own is magical and mystical as we enter into a region where the way of life has changed little for centuries. We gradually gain altitude as we trek through Nimaling Plains in the realm of the Snow Leopard before we reach Stok Khangri Base Camp.

The ascent of Stok Khangri is safe from objective dangers, and is technically straightforward climb, involving around 35 degrees scree and snow slopes with a short section of ridge climbing. The summit is a beautiful dome with wide ranging views. On a clear day you can see as far as the Karakoram Range and K2, about 200 Km to the North West.
Although this is not a technically demanding climb, the altitude of over 6000 m makes it physically demanding. Previous crampon experience is preferable but not essential.

This trip ends with a trip to Taj Mahal after you fly back to Delhi from Leh.

Highlights

  • An superb introduction to Himalayan climb
  • Experience the magical beauty of Shang valley trek
  • Trek partly through Hemis National Park- the realm of the Snow Leopard
  • Superb views of the mountain ranges including the Karakoram Range and K2 (on a clear day)
  • Visit to Taj Mahal
Ladakh- Photos by Phuntsok
Ladakh- Photos by Phuntsok

Ladhak is also famous for its rich wildlife. An amazing varieties of birds are found in this valley making this trip also a favourite for bird watchers. On this journey we also trek through the Hemis National Park, which is famous for Snow Leopard sighting. We also organise exclusive Snow Leopard sighting trips in this area.

Snow leopard spotted in one of the tours near Markha Valley- Photo by Phuntsok
Snow leopard spotted in one of the tours near Markha Valley- Photo by Phuntsok

Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrive in New Delhi, Transfer to hotel.
Day 2. Transfer to airport and fly to Leh (3600m)/ Trasfer to Hotel at Leh/ Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3. Sightseeing in Leh- Visit Hemis and Thiksey monastery / Overnight hotel
Day 4. Continue acclimatization- Drive to Likir Monastery and day hike to Yangthang / Overnight hotel
Day 5. Free day to prepare for the trek and explore on your own / Overnight hotel
Day 6. Drive to Shang Sumdo/ Overnight camp 3600m
Day 7. Trek to Trek to Shangphu (4300m) 6 hrs / Overnight camp
Day 8. Trek to Gangpoche (4300m) via Shang La (4880m) 6 hrs / Overnight camp
Day 9. Trek up Matho Phu (4300m) 5 hrs / Overnight camp
Day 10. Trek to Mankarmo (4400m) via Matho La (4750m) 5 hours / Overnight camp
Day 11. Trek to Stok Kangri Base camp (4900m) 4 hrs / Overnight camp
Day 12. Training, safety instructions, rest and acclimatization / Overnight camp
Day 13. Summit Stok Kangri (6153m) and return to Base camp (4900m) / Overnight camp
Day 14. Contingency in case of bad weather / Overnight camp
Day 15. Trek to Stok Village and drive to Leh (3600m) / Overnight hotel
Day 16. Fly to New Delhi/ Trasnfer to Hotel- Sightseeing around Old Delhi
Day 17. Trip ends- Departure

Optional Extension

Day 17: Drive to Agra and visit Agra Fort / Overnight hotel in Agra
Day 18. Early morning visit to Taj Mahal and drive back to Delhi / Overnight hotel in Delhi
Day 19: Trip ends- Departure

A Citrine wagtail, a Common Chiff Chaff and a Black necked Crane- Photos by Phuntsok
A Citrine wagtail, a Common Chiff Chaff and a Black necked Crane- Photos by Phuntsok
Taj Mahal- Agra
Taj Mahal- Agra

About India

India, officially Republic of India, is the seventh largest country in the world by area. It also has the second largest population in the world with over a billion people, and prides in being the largest democracy on Earth. It is an extremely diverse country, with vast differences in geography, climate, culture, language and ethnicity across its expanse.

The earliest archaeological traces are from 7000 BC in Mehrgarh, which grew to be the “Indus Valley Civilization”, which is one of the earliest civilizations in the world. By 3300 BC, this civilization had well-planned towns and well-laid roads.

India’s culture and heritage are a rich combination of the past and the present. It offers the visitor a view of fascinating religions and ethnography, a vast variety of languages with more than 438 living languages, and monuments that have been present for thousands of years.

From the tallest mountain range in the world, Himalaya, to sun washed beaches, dense sub-tropical jungles to deserts, tranquil temples and rich architectural ancient monuments to frenetic bazaars, lantern lit villages to software supreme cities, India has it all. There’s simply no other word that captures the enigma that is in India. With an ability to aspire, frustrate, thrill and confound all at once, India presents an extraordinary spectrum of encounters for the traveler. India also boasts on having one of the wildest and largest culinary varieties in the world, each region presenting their own specialty. This is one country that will definitely jostle your entire being. It’s a place that fires the imagination and stirs the soul like nowhere else on earth.

India at a glance:

Area: 3,287,590 Sq Kms
Population: 1.2 billion
Capital city: New Delhi

About Ladakh

Ladakh, “The land of high passes”, is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Although, rock carvings found in many parts of Ladakh indicate that the area has been inhabited from Neolithic times, not much is known about Ladakh before the 1st century. During the 2nd century when much of eastern Ladakh and western Tibet was still practicing the Bon religion, Buddhism started to spread into western Ladakh from Kashmir. In 842 Nyima-Gon, a Tibetan royal prince annexed Ladakh after the break-up of the Tibetan empire, and founded a separate Ladakhi dynasty. During this period, Ladakh acquired a predominantly Tibetan population. Also known as “Little Tibet” Ladakh’s culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet.

The largest town in Ladakh is Leh, followed by Kargil. Ladakhis are Tibetan-Mongoloid in appearance although traces of Kashmiri Moslem influence can also be seen. The predominant religion in Ladakh is the Tibetan form of Buddhism, although Islamic influences are found from the Kashmir Valley as far as Kargil, and there are some Christian families in Leh.

Some interesting facts about Ladakh

  • Ladakh is the highest settlement in India. The fields at Korzok, on the Tso-moriri Lake, at 4,600m are widely considered to be the highest cultivated lands in the world.
  • A Bailey bridge between the Suru River and Dras River in Ladakh, is the highest bridge in the world at an altitude of 5,602m.
  • Only place in India where twin humped Bactrian camels can be found.
  • Ladakh is home to the mystical Magnetic Hill, which is a so-called “gravity hill”. The alignment of the road with the slope of the background can give the illusion that cars are able to drift upwards.
  • The Pangong lake in Ladakh is one of the highest salt lakes in the worldKadakh is also home to some of the rare species of wildlife including Snow Leopard, Kyang (wild ass), Black Necked Cranes, Himalayan Ibex and several other species of brids and animals.
    Day to Day activities

    Day 1: Arrive New Delhi/ Transfer to Hotel/ Welcome dinner:

    • Altitude: 216m

    On arrival to Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi and finish with the immigration and custom formalities, our representative will meet you at the Main Exit with a Hi On Life Adventures placard. It is about 15 to 20 mins drive to the Aerocity where we have chosen your hotel for the practicality for the next days early morning domestic airport transfer. When you arrive at your hotel you will be briefed about your trek and “do’s and don’ts” while your stay in India. In the evening we will have a welcome dinner to begin the taste of India at one of the finest dining in New Delhi.

    Day 2: Fly to Leh 

    • Altitude: 3500m Flight duration: 1 hour 25 mins

    Early morning drive to the domestic airport to fly to Leh. Be prepared for an extensive security checks for your own safety owing to the fact that Leh is strategically located close to Pakistan and China. Baggage allowance Delhi-Leh is only 15kg per person, unless you have a through ticket on the same airline internationally. However, excess baggage charges are only $5 per kilo. It will be an early morning flight to Leh which is a fantastic mountain flight. The flight takes about 1 hour and 20 mins to Leh and approach to the airport at Leh is extremely scenic, so get your cameras ready.  The airport at Leh is also an Indian Air Force Base, therefore it is heavily guarded and again extensive security checks. We will be received at the airport by a representative from Ladakh and will be transferred to our hotel. An important component of our trip that we must adhere to is the acclimatization required due to high altitude. Do not plan on heading out at all today. Rehydration is the key to cope up with the high altitude, so drink water regularly. We will take this first day at high altitude with leisure, maximum exertion should maybe be a small stroll outside to the neighboring shops.

    Day 3: Sightseeing in Leh- Visit Hemis and Thiksey monastery / Overnight hotel

    • Altitude: 3500m- 3100m
    • Sightseeing duration with drives: 6 to 7 hours

    We begin with a 40 km drive to Hemis. The wealthiest monastery of Ladakh and India, Hemis Monastery belongs to the Drukpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. After visiting Hemis monastery, we will visit Thiksey monastery. Thiksey monastery is affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located on top of a hill in Thiksey approximately 19 kms east of Leh. It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest monastery in central Ladakh.

    After the sightseeing, we will drive back to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free.

    Day 4: Drive to Likir and trek to Yangthang

    • Altitude: 3100m- 3610m
    • Drive: 55 kms, 90 mins hours one way
    • Trek: 3 hours

    We drive along the river Indus till Likir monastery, which is again an extremely scenic drive. From Likir we begin our trek on a jeep road until we reach a small pass called Phobe La (3580 mts). From here we leave the jeep road and walk an off the beaten track. After an hour walk we arrive at Sumdo village, cross the river and continue in the valley and finally reach the summit of Charatse La (3700 mts). From the summit descent to Yangthang Village. Yangthang is a beautiful agricultural village.  After spending some time at the village, we drive back to Leh by late afternoon.

     

    Festivals in Ladakh

    Day 5: Extra day in Leh for acclimatization and preparations

    Today your guide will organize a short walk to Leh monastery for further acclimatization. You can utilize the rest of the day for last minute preparations before the trek.

    Day 6. Drive to Shang Sumdo 3600m

    Drive: 2 ½ hours

    From Leh we drive towards Hemis monastery and continue to Shang Sumdo to our first camp.

    Day 7. Trek to Trek to Shangphu (4300m) 

    Trek: 6 hours

    Today is an easy walk. The trail follows along the bank of a river on a gentle gradient. We will stop for lunch on a river side.

    Day 8. Trek to Shang La Phu (4300m) via Shang La (4880m) 6 hrs 

    Trek 6 hours

    From the campsite we begin to climb on a moderately steep trail. The trail is wide and scenic. There are many marmots along the trail whose burrows you can see along the path. After a 3 hours trek, we reach Shang La pass, which is a smooth wide pass with beautiful views of Khang yatze and its ranges. After the pass we climb down steeply for about an hour and we stop for lunch. After lunch it is an hour and a half easy walk to campsite.

    Day 9. Trek up Matho Phu (4300m) 

    Trek 5 hours

    We begin with a slight downhill to cross the Tokpo River. After a short walk from here we will reach beautiful grazing pastures for sheep. We will stop here for lunch. After lunch we climb a moderate hill and cross a small stream and camp on the other side at Mato Phu.

    Day 10. Trek to Mankarmo (4400m) via Matho La (4750m) 

    Trek 5 hours

    In the morning we cross the Matho La (4,965m) from where we have our first views of Stok Kangri. After spending some time at the pass, we descend into the valley to the north of Stok Village. We will stop for lunch in between. After lunch we cross a small pass to our camp at Smankarmo.

    Day 11. Trek to Stok Kangri Base camp (4900m) 

    Trek 3 hours

    An easy walk on a gentle gradient brings us to the base camp area for Stok Kangri (4980m) where we will camp. We will take a short walk in the afternoon to take in views of the magnificent surrounding peaks.

    Day 12. Training, safety instructions, rest and acclimatization 

    You wake up when the sun hits your tents. Breakfast table is set out in the open with great views of the surrounding mountains.

    After breakfast your guides will adjust the size of the crampons to your climbing boots and set your harnesses with jumar, descender and carabiners. Ropes will be fixed in the nearby steep slope where you will be given safety instructions and training on how to use your climbing devices along with techniques of ice climbing and glacier walks. We highly recommend you to practice on the ropes until you feel confident about the techniques and uses of the devices.

    Afternoon is free to stroll around the campsite, visit other climbing teams or just relax and get mentally prepared for the climb.

    Day 13. Summit Stok Kangri (6153m) and return to Base camp (4900m)

    We begin around midnight! The initial stretch from base camp to the spur with an elevation gain of 150m acts as a great warm up. From here, you are traversing an easy gradient slope towards the glacier for about an hour.  Then you cross a glacial moraine. There might be snow or patches of glacial ice which can be managed without putting on your crampons as the gradient is very less. From the other side of glacier the big climb to the top of Stok starts. The rocky patch is short but needs to be climbed carefully as it is very loose and gets slippery at times. After a bout 30 mins on this part the steep climb begin. An hour of this steep climb brings us to the shoulder of the peak.  The final section to the summit is on a ridge with exposure on both sides and hence roping up is a must. The entire climb from Base Camp to the summit takes around 9 hours.

    From the summit, you get a 360′ view of the mountains with the Karakoram range beyond the Kardhung La to your north, mountains of Zanskar to the west and towards the Chang La and Changtang and brown hill rolling on towards Tibet.

    The climb down to Base Camp takes about 3 1/2 hours.

    Day 14. Contingency in case of bad weather 

    Day 15. Trek to Stok Village and drive to Leh (3600m) 

    After a well earned good night sleep we wake up around 7 am and start to pack up Base Camp.After breakfast we will start to descend down to Mankarmo. After Mankarmo we will continue to follow the river down the valley through dramatic canyon of sharp rocks. We will stop for lunch at Stok village after a 4 1/2 hours trek. After lunch we board our bus and drive to Leh. Upon arrival to Leh we check in to our hotel.

    Day 16. Fly to New Delhi/ Trasnfer to Hotel- Sightseeing around Old Delhi

    Early morning flight to New Delhi and upon arrival we check in to our hotel. At around 3 PM we will take a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi.

    Day 17. Trip ends- Departure

     

    Optional Extension

    Day 17: Drive to Agra and visit Agra Fort / Overnight hotel in Agra

    Day 18. Early morning visit to Taj Mahal and drive back to Delhi / Overnight hotel in Delhi

    Day 19: Trip ends- Departure

Cost Includes:

  • Arrival/ departure and all internal transportation while in Delhi in private vehicles
  • Welcome dinner at Delhi’s finest Indian restaurant
  • 3 nights hotel in Delhi at 3/4 star hotel
  • ½ day sightseeing in Delhi (visit Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb, if we have time: Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah)
  • Both way train fare to Agra in Shatabdi Express in A/C chair compartment
  • Full day sightseeing in Agra (Taj Mahal, Agra fort, Fatehpur Sikri)
  • Lunch at The Grand Buffet – Jaypee Palace Hotel Agra
  • Both way flight from Delhi / Leh/ Delhi
  • 4 nights in Leh at tourist class hotel with all meals
  • Transfers from airport/ hotel/ airport in Leh
  • All Monastery fees.
  • Wild life fee and Stok khangri permit fees
  • 1 English speaking guide
  • 1 Experienced Climbing Sherpa from Nepal
  • 1 Experienced Cook from Nepal
  • Local porters and mule herder with mules
  • All meals while camping with all camping facilities including dining tent/ kitchen tent/ toilet tent and shower tent
  • Single tent on the trek and Base Camp.
  • 30 kgs per member for personal baggage
  • Bottled oxygen with mask & Regulator for Medical Use
  • All necessary Climbing route equipments
  • All personal climbing equipments except climbing boots and crampons
  • Staffs Insurance/ wages and equipment allowance

 

Cost Excludes

  • Insurance: Travel/Accident/Medical /emergency evacuation
  • Private room accommodation in Delhi and Leh unless a single supplement is paid.
  • Staff tipping
  • Indian Visa
  • Telephone, laundry, mineral water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation cost if needed
  • All other personal nature expenses.

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Grading

Our grading system for trekking:

There are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip
Our grading are based on various factors such as length of trek and walking day, trail conditions, maximum altitude and average altitude, elevation gain/loss per day, prevailing weather conditions, temperature range, remoteness and general level of comfort.
Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us at info@hionlifeadventures.com

Grade A: Leisure

These adventure tours are our least demanding trips suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. These trips may involve long drives usually on private transport. Sightseeing trips are conducted on foot. The itinerary may also take you to remote places with basic lodging facilities and may also involve a day or two of hiking. We expect you to carry a small back pack weighing about 4 to 5 kgs.
Recommended preparation: Walking on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

Grade B: Easy to moderate

These adventures involve trekking between 7 to 10 days in remote areas where facilities are often basic. These trips involve some camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 3 to 6 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. In the Himalayas, flat trail are extremely rare sights, so there will be plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 3800m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 400m with perhaps an odd day ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to 0C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade C: Moderate

These treks are slightly more difficult. Our moderate treks are between 11 to 15 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 4 to 7 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined but with plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 4500m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with occasional harder days ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to -5C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade D: Challenging

These adventures are more challenging and remote and with altitudes up to 5600m. Our challenging treks are between 13 to 24 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 5 to 7 hours of walking each day with some days involving crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking. Generally the trails are well defined, but there will be days which involve climbing steep rocky terrains at high altitudes and crossing icy and rocky glaciers in harsh weather conditions.
The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with a few harder days ascending/ descending about 1000m. The itineraries often include rest days after such big ascents.
Temperatures can get below Zero in the daytime at high altitudes and can fall down to -10C at night.

Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

Grading system for Expeditions:

A realistically chosen trip maximizes both your enjoyment of the experience, as well as your chances of summit success. Selection of a trip that is beyond your ability could result in uncomfortable experiences. You might end up having the leader not taking you on the climb for your own safety and for the safety of the other team members.

Therefore to let you make a more realistic selection of your mountain, we have categorized each mountain into 2 tired grading systems which describes the technical difficulty (I-V) and fitness (A-E) required for each expedition.

Technical Difficulty

I          Straightforward climbing/ scrambling on low angle snow/ rocks. Previous climbing experience is not essential. No ropes required.

II         Involves glacial travel on ropes with ice axe and crampons. Previous experience of Ice axe and crampon comes in handy but not a compulsory.

III        Involves ice climbing on short sections of snow or ice up to about 50 degrees. Previous snow/ ice climbing experience are essential.

IV         Good all-round climbing ability required. Involves low grade rock climbing and long, steep snow and ice slopes over 50 degrees.

V          Difficult climbing on very steep ice or technically difficult rock. It is suitable only for competent and experienced mountaineers who have successfully summited technical mountains above 6000m.

Fitness

A             Good basic fitness required.  Ability to walk 6 to 8 hour over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight.

B             Good cardio-vascular fitness required. Regular training, by running, hiking and perhaps some gym work is essential. Expect to be able to do 8 hour days in hilly and often steep train, carrying a pack of 6-10kg in weight with the occasional extra-long day.

C             High level of fitness coupled with physical endurance required with regular training as part of your normal routine. Expect days of up to 8 hours and longer while carrying a pack up to 8-12kg in weight. Summit night could be easily in excess of 12 hours.

D             Superlative fitness is called for. Climbs of this grade are exceptionally strenuous and some weight loss is inevitable. Regular, long and intense physical training is required for preparation. Expect 10-15 hours of climbing in testing weather conditions (especially summit day) carrying up to 10-15kg in weight.

E              Extreme physical effort at extreme altitude which requires arduous preparation based on your experience of previous trips. You will be pushed physically to the limit and then beyond. Be prepared for very long, sustained days with 10 – 12 hours on a regular basis and more than 15 hours on the summit day. Discomfort to achieve your goal is to be expected.

If you need further help, please do not hesitate to contact us, who are happy to discuss which trips would be suitable for you.

Booking terms and conditions

What are the booking procedures, terms and conditions?

The following procedures, terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our trip.

Booking:

At the bottom of each tour/trek/ expedition page that you wish to participate, you can click the link to book that trip and you will come to a page with instructions on how to book a trip with us. We will then send you an invoice for deposit payment of 250 USD, which is non-refundable. Once we receive this payment we will send you a confirmation on your reservation of the trip.

Balance Payments:

The balance payment is to be made at least 45 days prior to departure, payable by bank account transfer. If the balance is not paid when due, Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.

Cancellations & Refunds:

In case you should cancel your reservation, the following cancellation charges apply:

Days prior to trip Start date                      Cancellation Fee

31-45 days                                                              50% of trip price
16-30 days                                                              75% of trip price
0-15 days                                                                 100% of trip price

Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. However, if you wish to transfer from one trip to another, we are happy to assist you at no extra charge, provided that it is done before 60 days prior to the trip start date. Thereafter, our cancellation policy applies. Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will be regarded as full settlement.

 

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Quick Facts

Destination:
 India
Trip Code:
 HOD-LD
Trip Grade:
 
Duration:
 20 Days
Trek Distance:
 
Starting Elevation:
 3500 m
Peak Elevation:
 6153 m
Accommodations:
 Hotels and camping while on trek
Best Season:
 June till August

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If you have extra days in Nepal, you can book an extension.

Available Extensions

Pokhara and Close up with Annapurna

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: 7 days

Pokhara & Bandipur

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: As per package

Chitwan Jungle Safari

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: According to package

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