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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

On arrival, we are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Delhi. Here we have a briefing from our Action Challenge leader and local head guide who will be leading us on the challenge. We have some time for individual sight-seeing in Delhi in the afternoon should you wish. In the evening we enjoy a welcome meal together and relax before our early departure in the morning.

 

Meals: D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 3

Leh - 3,500 m

We leave our hotel early and transfer to the airport for our spectacular flight to Leh with views of the Himalayas and we may even see Stok Kangri as we fly in. On arrival at Leh airport, we transfered to our hotel and have the rest of the day to acclimatise to the altitude, either resting or exploring the town of Leh. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 4

Leh Acclimatisation Day

After breakfast, we have more time to acclimatise by visiting Leh valley and some of the most important sites of the city including Sankar Gompa, the town's modest Buddhist monastery and the recently built Shanti Stupa, to promote world peace. You have stunning views back over Leh and the surrounding villages. We will also have time to visit Tsemo Fort, a defining landmark high on the ridge above the town and Phyang Monastery. We take in fantastic views of Leh town and the Stok range valley. Overnight in Leh. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 5

Khardung La Pass - 5,359 m

After breakfast we leave for the Khardung La (la means pass in Tibetan), north of Leh and the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. This is along one of the highest driveable routes in the world and takes us up to over 5,300 m to help acclimatise our bodies to the higher altitude. Khardong La is historically important as it lies on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia. About 10,000 horses and camels used to take the route annually, and a small population of Bactrian camels can still be seen at Hunder, in the area north of the pass. In the affternoon, we return back to Leh and have some time to relax before an early night. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 6

Chilling - 3,200 m

After breakfast, we transfer 2 - 3 hrs drive to the start of our trek at Chilling, located on the banks of the Zanaskar river. The Markha Valley trek usually starts in Chilling because of the relative steepness of the terrain in the opposite direction. On arrival, we have time to explore the camp and have dinner under the stars before an early night.  

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 7

Skiu - 3,500 m - Approx 4 - 5 hours

The trek begins as we take the trail across the river by rope-trolley towards Skiu, a small village in the Markha valley. We start off with a relatively short day trekking, as we stretch our legs and get used to the pace. The walls of the gorge are particularly impressive as the jagged mountains tower above us as we make our way along the arid trail. On arrival at Skiu, we have time to visit the traditional gompa. Overnight in the camp.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 8

Ganda La Base Camp 4,100 m - Approx 7 - 8 hours

Today is a longer day as we start moving further uphill at a steady pace. Stupas and Buddhist shrines dot the trail as we make our way. As we reach Ganda La basecamp, we are rewarded with astounding views of the snow-capped Stok range. Overnight at the camp.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 9

Rumbak - 4,980 m - Approx 7 hours

After an early start, we make our way up tough ascents towards Ganda La, however the higher we get the more impressive the panorama is over the entire mountain range. At the pass, colourful prayer flags flap in the wind, with the Zanskari range in the background. Afterwards, we descend steadily along the Jingchan River to our camp at Rumbak. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 10

Mankarmo - 4,800 m - Approx 7 hours

Today continues through the valley and is known as one of the most spectacular trails climbing up to Stok La. The zig-zag path steepens as you get nearer to the pass. Once we have taken in more magnificent views of the Indus valley, the trail descends towards Mankarmo camp where we rest for the night.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 11

Stok Base Camp - 5,100 m - Approx 4 - 5 hours

Today is a much easier, shorter distance walk of less than 4 km as we take a day to acclimatise. We make our way from Mankarmo to Stok base camp and should arrive by lunch so we have the rest of the day free to go for a stroll and prepare ourselves for the ascent to the summit. Overnight at camp.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 12

Advanced Base Camp - 5,200 m - Approx 3 hours

After an early breakfast, we trek to the advanced camp of Stok Kangri. This is another short trekking day so again we have time to acclimatise. We try out our equipment, walking with crampons, and practise in a rope team before an optional acclimatisation trek using the equipment to increase chances of reaching the summit. Overnight at the camp.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 13

Stok Kangri Summit - 6,153 m - Approx 12 - 14 hours

Today we attempt our summit of Stok Kangri. We start at night to reach the peak before dawn. It’s a tough day, the walk takes you to the glacier and then you follow a steep path to the ridge that leads to the summit. The awe-inspiring view from the peak makes the climb worth the hard work. You have magnificent panoramic views of the Karakoram and Zanskar ranges. We then descend back down to the lower base camp and celebrate our achievement. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 14

Stok Village - Approx 4 hours

After breakfast, we begin our last day of trekking down to Stok village over a descent of around 4 hours. Transfers will be waiting and drive you back to Leh. Upon arrival, we check in to the hotel for a well-deserved rest!

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 15

Free Day in Leh

After breakfast, you have a free day to explore the town or relax at the hotel. We have a celebration dinner together in the evening. 

 

Meals: B,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 16

Delhi

We have an early morning transfer to airport for board flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi airport, we are transferred to our hotel for check-in. We have the rest of day free for individual activities.

 

Meals: B   Accom: Hotel

DAY 17

Arrive London

Depart Delhi, arrive London

 

Meals: B*  Accom: Flight  (*dependent on flight schedule)

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