Stok Kangri

Stok Kangri

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Location: India, Asia

Altitude: 6,153m

Grade: Moderate to strenuous

Fitness level: Good

Route: Leh – Rumbak – Mankarmo – Stok Kangri – Leh

Travel period: June, July, August

Duration: 14 days

Pat Falvey Irish and Worldwide Adventures limited is bonded and fully licenced by the Irish Commission for Aviation Regulation, TA0791.

Description

Our Stok Kangri trek offers an amazing adventure trekking through the Ladakh region of north west India and the foothills of the Himalaya, the highest mountain range in the world. The peak is located in Hemis National Park, 12 km southwest of the trailhead in the village of Stok and around 15km southwest of the city of Leh, the capital of Ladakh. The Himalaya contains eight of the 14 eight-thousanders either entirely or sharing a border with India or China. Their names alone inspire awe – Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri I, Manaslu and Annapurna I.

 

Despite its high altitude Stok Kangri is a popular trekking peak and is often climbed as an initial non-technical foray into high altitude mountaineering.However, Stok Kangri should not be underestimated and the need to acclimatise before and during the ascent makes it an enduring challenge. 

 

ITINERARY


Day 1: Depart Dublin

Day 2: Arrival in Leh, night in Leh

Day 3: Free day in Leh, night in Leh

Day 4: Leh – Zingchen – Rumbak

Day 5: Rumbak – Stok La – Mankarmo

Day 6: Mankarmo – Base Camp

Day 7: Acclimatization day and time for final preparations

Day 8: Extra day in case of bad weather

Day 9: Base Camp – Stok Kangri Summit – Base Camp

Day 10: Base Camp – Stok – Leh, night in Leh

Day 11: Departure from Leh

Day 12: New Deli sightseeing

Day 13:  New Deli sightseeing late Departure

Day 14: Arrive Dublin

DATES


27th July to the 9th August

Please contact us

PRICE


Price: €3,400

Land-only:  (contact us for details of inclusions and exclusions. Please note booking your own flights is subject to airport transfer costs of €50 each way)

Deposit: €500 due at time of booking

Inclusions:

  • Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Transfer between airport and hotel on first and last day
  • Three nights at Hotel in Leh, two double rooms with breakfast
  • An experienced Ladakhi guide (English speaking) who has climbed Stok Kangri many times
  • A cook during the trek
  • An assistant during the trek
  • A horseman with horses/ponies during the trek for the transportation of the equipment and
    luggage, one bag of maximum 13 kg per person
  • The transport from Leh to Zingchen and from Stok to Leh in two private cars
  • Food and camping equipment during the trek (tent, mattresses, kitchen tent, except sleeping bags)
  • Wildlife fee, permit

Exclusions:

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals en route before and after final destination
  • Bar bills, tips and laundry
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal gear
  • Medication
  • Insurance liability and hospital costs
  • Independent flights: Pick up and drop off costs to the airport not included
  • Our trips are designed to avoid any extra cost to the client. If you choose to leave the trip early, There will be additional expenses
  • Optional extras

If you wish to arrange and pay for your own flight to Nepal, we will meet you at the airport in Kathmandu. Full refund applies only if cancellation is received and acknowledged 20 weeks or more prior to departure. For bookings where flights have to be paid for in advance, the flight cost is non-refundable once paid.

PREPARATION & TRAINING


Our Stok Kangri trek is suitable for all as long as you have a good general fitness level. Much of the trekking is moderate but certain parts can be described as strenuous. Most days include between four and six hours of trekking with the exception of acclimatising days.

We recommend that you attend our free meet weekend in County Kerry to say hello to the group and meet with our guides. This is an ideal opportunity to check out your fitness levels when you are assessed by our experienced guides on this preparatory hill walk. The day also provides a good opportunity to get any questions answered or concerns dealt with that you may have in relation to the trip. We talk about dealing with altitude and different weather conditions as well as giving tips on gear and general training.

We consider ourselves among the world’s leading experts in high-altitude trekking and pride ourselves on putting together trips that provide the best possible opportunity to succeed. Acclimatisation is key to success and it’s important that you don’t underestimate the time you allow yourself to adjust to your new environment. The pace is key to preventing AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and our guides monitor the group at all times for signs and symptoms.

On the Saturday of our meet weekend we climb one of Ireland’s highest peaks during the day while, very early on Sunday morning, we undertake a night hike. The hike simulates the requirements on the summit day/night of the actual trek, taking you out of your comfort zone and helping you learn how to prepare your mind and body for the challenge ahead.

For beginners, we offer fitness testing weekends and a variety of hillwalking options (see our Courses &Training section) and recommend a 12-month personal training programme for our trips. If you have some degree of fitness and experience, we recommend a six-month training programme to ensure that you can trek comfortably between 4,000m and 6,000m. Our suggested programme is as follows:

  • Months 1-2: These should include fortnightly hillwalking treks lasting three hours and including carrying a small/medium pack weighing 5kg approx.
  • Months 3-4: Increase your fortnightly treks to last six hours plus and increase your pack weight to 7kg approx.
  • Month 5: Do two walks on consecutive days twice during the month. Do a five-hour walk the first day and a six-hour trek the second day. Be careful to avoid injury.
  • Month 6: Continue with some hillwalking but reduce to lower peaks and durations of a maximum of four hours.

Ask your GP for advice on vaccinations, keeping in mind your travel history to date.

Passport/visa:
You will need a valid full passport. Please ensure it has six months before expiry prior to your departure date.

Money:
It is advisable to bring some money in cash for the trip. ATMs are not always reliable or might have a low daily withdrawal limit.

GEAR


Clothing:

  • Lightweight long thermal underwear – tops and bottoms
  • Short and long-sleeved t-shirts
  • Expedition-weight long underwear – tops and bottoms
  • Fleece jacket – mid-weight to heavy-weight; wind stopper an advantage
  • Fleece trousers
  • Parka jacket – down or synthetic parka with hood
  • Jacket – waterproof and breathable
  • Over-trousers, waterproof and breathable

Headwear:

  • Sun hat with good visor and white bandana or buff for protecting your neck
  • Balaclava/facemask – 1, lightweight
  • Wool or pile ski hat
  • Head torch (inc. spare bulbs & spare batteries); suggested: Petzl LED
  • Sunglasses – UV & IR protection

Handwear:

  • Liner gloves
  • Synthetic gloves – lightweight, pile or polypropylene
  • Waterproof mittens – 1 pair (optional)

Footwear:

  • Light hiking boots or trekking shoes
  • Sandals or runners for tea house
  • Socks – lightweight (2-3 pairs), sock liners, warm trekking socks (2-3 pairs)
  • Foot powder
  • Sleeping bag – -15 ºC comfort rating
  • Water bottles – 1 or 2 x 1-litre wide-mouth water bottle, Nalgene
  • Pee bottle – 1 x litre-wide mouth water bottle (optional)
  • Pee funnel – for women (optional)
  • Sunscreen – SPF 30-40
  • Lipscreen – SPF 20-40, at least 2 sticks
  • Sunblock
  • Personal First Aid kit

Travelling:

  • Large duffel bag 100 litre
  • Smaller duffel with lock to store excess gear in hotel
  • Plastic bags to line stuff sacks to keep gear dry or a dry bag
  • Travel clothes
  • Travel towel
  • Toiletry bag
  • Camera gear

Miscellaneous items:

  • Travel insurance certificate
  • Passport, visa and copies of all travel and insurance documents
  • Money in Euro or US Dollars
  • Ear plugs and nail clippers
  • Spare boot laces, bulbs, batteries, memory cards, etc
  • Cold water detergent and some toiletries
  • Small sewing kit
  • Penknife and small scissors
  • Diary or notebook and book for down time
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper – it is good practice to bring your own, but it is provided to anyone if needed
  • Baby wipes/hand wipes
  • Hand gel
  • Water purification tablets
  • Personal medication

WHY TRAVEL WITH US?


Our passion for your adventure treks and expedition is one of the defining characteristics of Pat Falvey Irish & Worldwide Adventures. We love what we do, the places we travel to and the people we work with in each destination. After 25 years of worldwide travel, we remain curious about learning more and retain our delight in sharing what we know with you. We are a hands-on company whose staff are available to answer your queries both inside and outside usual office hours.

Our staff and partners in Nepal, Russia, Africa, Argentina, Peru and Antarctica are as close to us as family members and share our enthusiasm for your trips. We see their work as a vital part of each adventure and have always ensured that local staff, most of whom have worked with Pat for many years, are fairly and honourably treated. The experience and expertise of everyone who works with us is guaranteed and makes for adventures that are high on safety, support and good fun.

Our company is one of the world’s leading experts in high-altitude trekking in remote regions and we pride ourselves in putting together trips that give you the best possibility of success on your adventure. To ensure this, we have a comprehensive acclimatisation formula, designed to maximise each person’s chances of completing their trek without falling prey to the effects of high altitude or acute mountain sickness (AMS). Our guides closely monitor the group at all times for symptoms of the effects of high altitude and are always ready to take the necessary precautions when necessary.

We are not only willing to go the extra mile to make your trip our priority, we are happy to do so.

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