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 adventure.
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 beautiful as we cross high passes and gentle meadows. For several days there are no houses or villages. We gradually gain altitude as we trek through the valley of Matho into 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.
A superb introduction to Himalayan climb
Experience the magical beauty of Shang valley trek
Centuries old monasteries of Likir, Hemis and Thiksey
Day hike through the beautiful villages in the Sham Valley
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)
Rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Spice market in Old Delhi
Visit to Taj Mahal (add on)
Day 1. Arrive in New Delhi, Transfer to hotel.
Day 2. Fly to Leh 3600m/ Trasfer to hotel at Leh/ Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3. Sightseeing around 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 3600m/ Overnight camp
Day 7. Trek to Trek to Shang Phu 4300m/ Overnight camp
Day 8. Trek to Shang La Phu 4300m (Interim camp) via Shang La 4880m/ Overnight camp
Day 9. Trek up Matho Phu 4300m/ Overnight camp
Day 10. Trek to Mankarmo 4400m via Matho La 4750m/ Overnight camp
Day 11. Trek to Stok Kangri Base camp 4900m/ 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
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
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 in the world. 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”, 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 with monuments that have been present for thousands of years. There are 22 major languages in India, written in 13 different scripts, with over 720 dialects.
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India at a glance:
Area: 3,287,590 Sq Kms
Population: 1.2 billion
Capital city: New Delhi
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 world
Ladakh 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.
Grading: This expedition is graded I B. Please read our Grading system. .
Please note: Any ascent of a Himalayan peak must be taken seriously. The Group leader will take all factors concerning group fitness and acclimatization, weather and snow condition into consideration when making a decision. While recognizing that this ascent is important to the group, first priority will always be safety. The decision on whether or not you will be able to attempt Stok Khangri rest with the Group Leader. His/ her decision is final and must be accepted.
Trek Distance: Approx. 77 km
Maximum altitude: 6153m (20,187ft)
In / Out: New Delhi
Arrival/ departure and all internal transportation while in Delhi in private vehicles
Welcome dinner at Delhi’s finest Indian restaurant
2 nights hotel in Delhi at 5 star hotel
½ day sightseeing in Delhi with rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the Spice Market and Bride’s Market
Round trip flight from Delhi / Leh/ Delhi
5 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 kitchen helpers and mule herder with mules
All meals while camping with all camping facilities
Boiled and treated water 3 times a day
Sleeping tent/ dining tent with comfortable tables and chairs/ kitchen tent/ toilet tent and shower tent
Combination of Ridge mat and Exped 7 W Down Mattresses for sleeping in the tent
Complimentary Hi On Life duffle bag (65 litres) to take away
Use of 1 sleeping bag (-20C/ -4F) with fleece inner liner for sleeping bag
Use of Hi On Life down jacket and rain poncho
15 kgs personal baggage allowance per member
Bottled oxygen with mask & Regulator for Medical Use
All personal climbing equipment except climbing boots and crampons
Staffs Insurance/ wages and equipment allowance
Transportation to Agra and back in private A/C car
Full day sightseeing in Agra (Taj Mahal and Agra fort)