Ladakh: Stok Kangri Climb

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TGP
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Activity:
Summits
Min age:
18
Group size:
4–16

Trek and camp amidst the striking multi-coloured mountains of remote Ladakh

High above the Indus Valley, this rarely trodden route traverses the magnificent Ladakh Mountains and culminates with the chance to ascend Stok Kangri (6153m). We leave the Zanskar River behind and ascend from lush valleys to the tops of high passes from which towering rock cathedrals rise. The dramatic, stark scenery of this high altitude desert is softened only by the immense charm of the Ladakhi villages and their hardy inhabitants. The summit climb itself is tough but entirely optional and there is an alternative glacier trek for anyone not wishing to attempt it. From the summit panoramic views extend across Ladakh to the Karakorams, the Himalaya and into Tibet.

Highlights

  • Ascend Stok Kangri, 6,153m, with dramatic views of the Himalaya and Karakorum
  • Wild camping under starry skies amidst the mountains
  • Multicoloured mountains and rock formations of the Ladakh Range
  • Ancient Buddhist monasteries and the fascinating city of Leh
  • Optional drive up the world's highest motorable road pass

Key information

  • 6 nights hotels (all en suite), 8 nights full-service wild camping
  • 8 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader, climbing guides and appropriate local staff. Min. age 18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 5260m (6153m with climb), average 4600m
  • Travel by jeep, on foot, and 2 internal flights
  • Experience of using ice axes and crampons strongly advised for anyone intending to summit

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All listed transport and activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Return flights between Delhi and Leh
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Trekking permit
  • Ropes (for the final section to the summit)
  • Exodus kitbag (UK and Eire addresses)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Personal climbing equipment: see Trip Notes
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Trip Notes

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Pace:

Approximately 5-6 hours walking per day on average. Summit day is 12-14 hours walking.

Terrain:

High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain, possible river crossings, snow and ice.

Day by day breakdown
Day 66.0km/3.0miles
Day 74.0km/2.0miles
Day 811.0km/6.0miles
Day 99.0km/5.0miles
Day 1011.0km/6.0miles
Day 114.0km/2.0miles
Day 1214.0km/8.0miles
Day 1311.0km/6.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Delhi.

    We arrive in Delhi in the morning and transfer to our hotel. After a briefing the rest of the day is free to relax and recover from the flight or for individual exploration of Delhi. Rooms in the hotel are usually available from noon. Those who have made their own flight arrangements will join us at the hotel during the day.

    Your leader will collect your passports and make a copy in order to apply for your Stok Kangri Trekking Permit upon arrival in Leh.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Fly to Leh (3500m); afternoon orientation walk.

    We sometimes have to leave the hotel at around 2am and drive to the airport for the very early morning but highly spectacular flight over the Himalaya to Leh. If the weather is good and the flight goes on time we should be in Leh by early morning. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise to the altitude (3,500m). In the morning we rest and catch up on some sleep and in the afternoon there will be a gentle orientation walk of Leh and its bazaars.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Acclimatisation day in and around Leh; trips to Shey and Tikse Monasteries and Leh Palace.

    Today there is a sightseeing tour to two of the major gompas (monasteries) in the area. We first drive to Shey, a former Royal Palace of the Ladakh kings. Inside is a small temple containing a 350 year old copper and gold statue of Buddha. From Shey we take a gentle walk (approx. 1 hour) to Tikse, where we visit the large and spectacular monastery - perched on top of a hill - its red and white buildings can be seen for miles. A recently built temple contains a magnificent image of the Future Buddha. We return to Leh in the afternoon and there is time to explore the bazaar.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Acclimatisation walk in Leh Valley; optional jeep trip to the Khardung La (which at 5,602m, is one of the highest motorable roads in the world).

    Today we will have an acclimatisation walk around the Leh Valley. Set above Leh on the Namgyal Hill are the ruins of the Old Royal Palace. From here a winding path takes us to the Tsemo Monastery, from where we are rewarded for our efforts by magnificent views of the whole of Leh and its surrounding villages. Descending round the back of the palace we walk via Sankar to the recently built Japanese Peace Pagoda with good views back to the palace and across to Stok Kangri, dominating the skyline across the valley. The rest of the day is free to explore the back streets and bazaars of Leh. There is the chance today to make an optional jeep safari to the Khardung La at 5,602m, one of the highest motorable roads in the world. The journey to the top of the pass and back takes roughly 4/5 hours in total and can be booked and paid for locally. Your leader will have details. (If you do the jeep safari this will be in the morning and you can do a walk in the afternoon).
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Drive to Choksi (3200m).

    A leisurely start this morning allows time to separate out your climbing gear (ice-axe, crampons, harness, helmet and summit boots if you have a different pair) which you will leave at the hotel - this will rejoin you at Mankarmo or base camp in time for your summit climb.

    We leave Leh and drive to the start point of our trek. The road follows the Indus River for a short while before turning off into a small dirt track, which winds along following the Zanskar River. The scenery is truly spectacular as the valley narrows into a gorge. Where the track ends we leave our vehicle and have a short climb to Choksi (3,210m) where we camp. This pretty village is a model of self-sufficiency. It is inhabited by one large extended family who farm this small valley. In the afternoon we can have a short acclimatisation walk in preparation for tomorrow.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Climb out of the valley to Choksi Drok.

    A fairly hard first days walking as we climb very steeply out of Choksi, walking on some loose scree and shale, and gain over 1000m in altitude before reaching our next camp. As we ascend the valley narrows and becomes more and more spectacular. Looking back we can see the magnificent rock formations of the Ladakh mountains. The dramatic mountains in various shades of purples, greens and browns can be seen for miles in every direction. The trail ascends the valley all day and our first night's camp is a small rocky site by a shepherd hut. In the afternoon we will have an acclimatisation walk up the valley opposite the camp for views of the surrounding peaks.

    Approximate walk profile: Choksi to Choksi Drok, 4-5hrs, 6km (3.7mi).
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Short walk through marmot territory to a spectacular wild camp at the base of Kang La.

    For acclimatisation purposes we have a very short walk today, steadily continuing up the Choksi Valley to the base of the Kang La (4,900m). We will have lunch at camp and in the afternoon we will trek to the top of the small rocky peak behind camp, at 5,056m. We have called it 'Exodus Peak' and from the top the views are magnificent - we can see the Kang La and Palam Peak ahead and the Himalaya are spread out in front of us with the Ladakh range in front. This is one of the most spectacular wild camps with great views across to the Karakorum. Look out for marmots whistling to one another all around the campsite.

    Approximate walk profile: Choksi Drok to base of Kang La, 3hrs, 3.6km (2.2mi).
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Steep ascent to Kang La (5260m) and optional climb of Palam Peak (5368m) for superb mountain vistas; cross Ganda La (4970m).

    Today is a hard day as we cross our first two passes. The climb is a long ascent, which is gradual at first with a last steep rocky section to the top of the Kang La (5,260m). The paths are little used and can be indistinct. From the top of the pass we have the opportunity to walk up Palam Peak (5,380m) for views second only to the view from the summit of Stok Kangri. Ahead we can now see the summit of Stok Kangri and in the distance is Leh. Behind us the Ladakh Range and Himalaya can be seen for miles. From the top we descend a little and then contour round into the next valley. As the trail contours round the top of the valley we have great views across to Stok Kangri.

    We contour round the valley and on up to our second pass, the Ganda La (4,970m). This pass provides access into the Markha Valley and we may well see other trekkers today crossing the pass in the opposite direction. From the pass we can see our route for the next couple of days. We camp at the base of the Ganda La (4,550m).

    Approximate walk profile: base of Kang La to base of Ganda La, 7.5/8hrs, 11.3km (7mi).
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Trek beside the river to Rumbak village.

    It’s an easy descent down the valley and we walk through the one house village of Yurutse to the valley bottom. Crossing the river we have a short ascent to Rumbak village. Rumbak has round 20 houses and we may well be invited in to a local house to try the traditional Ladakhi butter tea. Our camp is just beyond the village at the base of the Stok La tonight (approx. 4,300m). Ahead the mountains are truly amazing; fold after fold of multicoloured jagged rock tower above us and as the sun sets and the light fades the colours change dramatically. One of the beauties of this short trek is that it is a geologist's paradise; every pass we cross brings us in to another spectacular valley with intriguing rock formations.

    Approximate walk profile: base of Ganda La to base of Stok La (Rumbak), 4.5hrs, 8.6km (5.3mi).
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Cross the Stok La (4900m) to Mankarmo.

    Today is probably one of the most spectacular walks in Ladakh as we cross the Stok La (4,900m), our last pass of the trek. At first we trek on a beautiful, gently sloping trail, but then the path becomes steeper and steeper as it zigzags up to the top of the pass. Rock flutes rise all around us, home to the elusive snow leopard. From the top the views are even more spectacular; layer upon layer of multicoloured rock cathedrals are spread before us in every direction. The descent is very steep at first and then we contour round two valleys to the junction with the river coming down from Stok Kangri. We follow the river, crossing a few side streams, until we reach a shepherd settlement at Mankarmo (4,380m). Look out for the herds of Blue Sheep scrambling on the rocks around camp.

    Approximate walk profile: base of Stok La to Mankarmo, 6hrs, 10.9km (6.8mi).
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Steady climb to Stok Kangri Base Camp; afternoon equipment check, summit briefing and skill refresher session.

    The next two days are devoted to our ascent of Stok Kangri. From Mankarmo the trail ascends the valley easily. It is a half day walk to base camp and as we ascend the valley Stok Kangri can clearly be seen ahead of us. There will probably be a couple of river crossings today. We will reach our base camp by lunchtime and the afternoon is spent resting and preparing for the climb. Gear will be checked and there will be a full briefing about tomorrow’s ascent and a run through of walking in a rope team and with crampons. After an early dinner we retire to bed to rest for a few hours.

    Approximate walk profile: Mankarmo to Stok Kangri base camp, 3hrs, 4.4km (2.7mi).
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Optional ascent of Stok Kangri (6153m). The route is non-technical, but there is a short exposed section near the summit.

    The summit day is long and hard (at least 12 hours). We leave at about midnight and start with a one hour steep climb out of the base camp to a ridge. The trail then eases for a while as we follow the valley gradually up on a rocky trail for a couple of hours to the glacier. Crossing the glacier we come to the foot of the climb. The gradient now increases significantly and it is a very steep two hours to the ridge. Usually (but not always) there is snow at this point and we will have to use our ice axe and crampons.

    The sun should just be rising as we reach the ridge and we can see almost all the way back to Leh. We will usually rope up for the last two hours up the ridge, which is quite steep and is exposed for some of the time, with some scrambling on loose (sometimes icy) rock. Finally we spot the prayer flags on the top and a final steep section will bring us to the summit. The altitude will be the greatest difficulty, though. The climb from camp to the summit will take six to eight hours. The final hundred metres needs special care while crossing the slopes just below the summit.

    From the summit the views are amazing. Miniscule Leh can be seen in the distance, and all around us the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya, the Karakorum and the Ladakh Range reach far to the horizon. We spend a short while at the top to savour the beauty of it all and regain our breath before descending slowly and carefully back to Base Camp, where the crew will be waiting with welcome hot food.

    Approximate walk profile: Ascent of Stok Kangri and return to base camp, 12-14hrs (estimate only), 14.2km (8.8mi), max. altitude 6153m.

    Please note the actual climb is entirely optional. For anyone not intending to climb there are wonderful walks from the base camp itself. There will be an optional walk for those not climbing to the glacier at the foot of Stok Kangri for magnificent views.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Descend through Mankarmo to Stok and drive back to Leh.

    An easy but particularly spectacular walk down the valley to Stok. As we descend layer upon layer of multicoloured rocks surround us. The trail finally emerges from this amazing gorge and the valley widens as we approach Stok village where our transport will meet us for the short drive back to Leh. We return to Leh by lunchtime for a welcome hot shower and a well-deserved celebration.

    Approximate walk profile: base camp to Stok, 5hrs, 11.4km (7.1mi).
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Fly to Delhi.

    An early start for the flight back to Delhi. The rest of the day is free in Delhi for individual shopping or sightseeing.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    End Delhi.

    Time to say our farewells as the tour ends after breakfast today.




    Meals included: Breakfast
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Extend Your Trip

Golden Triangle extension

Code: XBS

A visit to the incredible Taj Mahal and other great Moghul cities close to Delhi is an excellent way to begin or end a visit to Northern India. The five-day Golden Triangle extension can be booked before or after your main itinerary. The Taj Mahal in Agra was built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, and is one of the most beautiful sights on earth. Close by is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar with its beautiful courtyards and palaces and let's not forget the deserted royal city of Fatehpur Sikri. The extension also visits the Pink City of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, which is one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India.

Essential Info

Visas

Visas are required if you are British and for most other nationalities. Visa information changes regularly for India; for the latest information on applying for a visa please follow this link: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/travelink/India-visa-information.pdf

If your trip visits Ladakh, in the very north of India, or Sikkim in the north east, do not mention this on your Indian visa application. This can sometimes slow down or even cause the embassy to reject your visa.

If your flight arrives into Delhi Airport and you have an e-visa, please follow the overhead signs to the e-visa booth at the back of the immigration hall. You will need to fill out an additional form at the booth. Please make sure that you have the details of your start hotel ready. These details can be found on your Final Joining Instructions.

Vaccinations

India

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners included.

All meals except for main meals in Delhi and Leh are included; please allow about GBP70 (approx. USD115) for these. Whilst camping, the staff will bring a hot drink (usually tea) to your tent each morning.

Breakfasts typically include cereal, toast and jam, eggs and porridge. Lunch on trek is usually served as a picnic en route (except on shorter days when it is in camp). Lunch and dinner typically include soup to start, followed by a variety of hot dishes (both local and western) such as potatoes/chips, vegetables, curry, pasta, rice, dhal and paneer (cottage cheese). Please note that although some meals will include meat, it is not as readily available whilst camping.

During the trek the camp staff will collect and boil drinking water from the mountain streams and fill up your water bottles for you, but you may wish to use your own water purification treatment as well.

Weather

The weather chart for Leh shows average temperatures only and does not reflect extremes of low and high temperatures. Despite its altitude, Ladakh is a desert setting and can experience surprisingly hot weather during summer in the day times. Generally the weather is good in Ladakh during the summer time, with warm to very hot sunny days (temperatures can reach up to 35ºC or more), and cool to cold nights depending on the altitude (it can be just below freezing at the highest camps in late August and September). There is, however, always the possibility of rain, and snow at higher altitudes, and you should be prepared for this. The sun is very strong at these altitudes and it can be very hot in the daytime.

For the climb of Stok Kangri we will be setting off at midnight and it can be very cold that day before the sun comes up so you will need warm gloves and socks and either down jacket or very good windproof and layers underneath. At least half the summit day is usually on snow.

Ladakh, though technically part of the Tibetan plateau and classified as a high altitude desert, can and does occasionally experience the effects of the Indian monsoon.

Although the departures are timed to coincide with when the weather is normally good, you should remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

Delhi in the summer months is very hot and humid.

Leh

Is this trip for you?

This is a fairly demanding trek graded 'Tough' (the climb is graded 'Tough+') with 8 days walking including the summit day. The maximum altitude is 5,260m (6,153m with the climb), average 4,600m. There are high passes but most of the walking is on well-established trails. The trek is suitable for those who are confident of their physical fitness and have trekked at high altitude before. Daytime temperatures can be very hot especially during the middle of the day as at these altitudes the sun is very strong. The trek culminates with the ascent of Stok Kangri from a base camp. 

The ascent is optional and technically easy and requires strong lungs and a good deal of will power. The climb involves a very steep ascent up a usually snow covered slope to a ridge and a one and a half hour scramble along the ridge to the summit. Summit day will begin at approximately midnight and be a 12/14 hour day. For anyone wishing to make the ascent, previous experience of using ice axe and crampons and walking in a rope team is necessary; it is not possible to learn the skills whilst on this trip. You should be a confident walker and be comfortable scrambling on loose rock on a ridge. For safety we will rope up along the summit ridge. Please note on the ascent of Stok Kangri there are some scrambles on loose rock and exposed ridges and the climb is not recommended for those with fear of heights/vertigo. For those not wishing to climb there will be an optional walk on the climbing day to the Stok Kangri Glacier for spectacular views of the mountain.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: https://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

This trip spends considerable time at altitude. We spend 3 days in Leh (3500m) before the trek to allow you to acclimatise.

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Accommodation

Hotels & Camping

You will spend 6 nights in en suite hotels and 8 nights full-service camping.

In Delhi, we use a comfortable hotel, which has air-conditioned rooms with en suite bathrooms. In Leh we stay in a simple hotel with en suite bathroooms. There is intermittent Wi-Fi available in Leh however there is no mobile coverage for international phones in Ladakh.

The trek itself is on a full-service camping basis, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents for you, cook, and do all of the camp chores for you. You need only carry your day pack. Most of the camping on this trek is wild camping amidst the mountains. We stay in two-person tents which have enough room inside for your kitbags. Sleeping mats and bags are not provided – please see the packing section. We also have a dining tent complete with table and folding chairs, and at least one toilet tent (usually two) for use during the evenings.  No running water is available whilst camping. You will be camping close to a river or stream and the camp staff will provide bowls of warm water (to wash with) whilst trekking.

Single rooms and tents can be requested for a supplement from £320 (subject to availability). Please note that you may still be asked to share a tent at base camp (days 12 and13 Ex London) as space can be limited at this camp. Please enquire at the time of booking.

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  • Reviewed September 2017
    Patricia G

    Stok Kangri and Hiking in Himalayas

    A physically demanding trip with a chance to appreciate the culture and landscapes of a remote part of India.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I really enjoyed the visit to the monastery at Thyxie- we were there at prayer time and got to experience the singing and music- drums, bugles and conch shells very close up. Close enough to see the monks chatting and messing at the back! I was lucky enough to get to the top of Stok Kangri so that was good too.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ngima is super fit, and a bit of a talker but he does have the necessary mountain experience to lead the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is high altitude desert and is incredibly dusty, particularly in Leh and in some of the higher camps. This is bad for the sinuses and most people in our group were suffering from sinus problems- three or four were doing steam inhalations in the mess tent at night, and using various nasal treatments bought in Leh. The locals all cover their mouth and nose with a mask or buff. You should do the same and bring any treatments that you use at home. Some of the days were harder than the trip notes would suggest- the notes allow you to calculate the starting and finishing altitude but there can be big height gains and losses in between. These add to the difficulty of the day and are not obvious from the trip notes and can only be estimated if you also have the map of the area with the contours. On an altitude trip people are always talking about certain medications but paracetamol, ibuprofen and something effective for sickness were more useful for our group. The route does allow for acclimatization, but I was still nauseated quite a few times and was eating less than usual. I liked that we were doing the Lake Louise scoring for AMS- I think travelers should be familiar with this before departure- it takes the mystery out of AMS

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A trip with a summit can be a pressurized, it's important to be fit in advance but not "over trained" so that you are not too tired or sick and have the energy to hike. We flew out early and stayed an extra day after the group and this allowed a bit more time to explore Delhi and have a day trip to Agra. I think this was a good idea so that the trip isn't all about summit day. If you do that you can sort of have three holidays Delhi/Agra, Buddhist Ladakh and Trekking. The Delhi metro is very crowded and busy so may not be the best way to travel with your luggage. There are variable rules about luggage on internal flights in India- there was a new rule that power packs had to be in hand luggage.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Lee-Anne Thomson

    Zstok Kangri trek and summit

    fantastic trek, amazing veiws, awesome caring fun and extra fit guide Ngima, the best group, tasty food excellent caring assistant guides,porters, cooks and horsemen. the tents we slept in were fantastic and good quality. To sum it up i had the best time ever and would do it again! lots of laughs and some tears on summit day. Exodus i can not fault your service you provide from the beginning with the help and advice via Email through to the end of our trek. thankyou so much

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    summiting stok Kangri with our amazing guide and awesome group we all worked together and we all summited together, it was tough and hard going but once at the top the veiws from the summit are out of this world and made the hard times worth it.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ngima was the best, he made sure his group was always looked after, he made sure we all treked together never got separated, and all made the summit. He is professional, takes his work seriously and loves his job this shows through the help he gives all his knowledge of the mountains around and beyond, the animals, birds ect all around that cross your path while walking. Ngima was the best and we wouldnt have made it without him and his crew

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    make sure you train hard and go for it.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Charles Bennett

    Stok Kangri

    A fantastic trek topped by summiting Stok Kangri. Great group, great guides, great cooks, and great porters.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Summiting with all eight in the group. A long and fairly hard day with a bit of suffering thrown in. But worth every step.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent group leader. Knowledgeable, experienced, supportive. We wouldn't all have made it without him and his team.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    James Milne

    Stok Kangri 2015

    A very enjoyable and challenging trip. I was lucky to have a very nice group which made the trip even more enjoyable

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching to top of Stok Kangri in beautiful sunshine and seeing the surrounding mountain ranges. Also seeing the moon rise over the Stok Lah pass

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nginoa was a very good leader who used his local knowledge to ensure that everything ran smoothly. From the initial arrival briefing, through the daily briefing we were always clear on what was going to happen. Nginoa also encouraged us along the way and ensured that everyone was safe.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The internal flight luggage limit is a bit of a challenge however you can buy most of the kit you need in Leh (and in some cases the local brand is better and a lot cheaper than what you get at home). You need to take more money than is recommended - I took about £250 which was just about enough to pay all expenses and bring home a few presents. You cannot use your UK phone in Leh and you cannot get a local sim. It is a military zone so prepare those you like to keep in contact with, that contact will be sporadic (I used facebook - when the hotel had internet).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip for me was a big step up from the Kilimanjaro and Cotopaxi trip run by Exodus. Every day of the trip was different, challenging but very enjoyable.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Sarah Turner

    Stok Kangri trek

    Valerie was an excellent leader: considerate, interesting, warm. She offered optional yoga at over 4,000m, a fun card game and told fascinating stories about her experiences. The local staff were excellent. We had a problem with the zip on out rent, which was frustrating, but the local staff always seemed to manage to fix it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being presented with delicious cakes, made by the cook, at high altitude. Views of the mountain and the surrounding area.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie was fabulous.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take diamox, and drink 5 litres of water a day. You need to be quite fit to do this trek. You also need to have experience of using an ice axe and crampons to do the final climb. If you just want to trek, the trip is still very much worthwhile.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Visit the donkey sanctuary whilst in Leh, and take carrots with you; the donkeys will be very greatful!
  • Reviewed April 2014
    Clinton Hunt

    Stok Kangri Summit Climb

    A great trip that consists of a number of valley walks, acclimatisation climbs and satellite peaks in preparation for the summit bid. Paid off as all those that set off for the summit reaching it. Overall it was well organised and good fun. I hope I've made friends for life from it. Thanks you Exodus!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Finally reaching the summit. It had been a great deal of hard work to get there. I was also inspired by the others in the group. We had a 100% success rate and it was great to see all those that had set off the night before on the summit together.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our Group Leader Chosphel was outstanding throughout the trip. Thoroughly knowledgeable, patient, reassuring, approachable and good fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit first. It's a long number of days trekking and all attempting it should thoroughly prepare beforehand.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Well organsied, constantly informed, well supplied. Great and memorable trip. Thank you.
  • Reviewed November 2013
    Anonymous

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    An inspirational trek encompassing the diversity of remote Ladakh; from colourful Buddhist monasteries to jagged snow-clad peaks, wild campsites nestled on the barren slopes of this high altitude desert, and intriging multi-coloured rock formations. All this culminating with the challenge of ascending a 6000m peak, which dominates the skyline.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    You can not underestimate the raw emotion and sense of accomplishment as you and your rope team take those final few steps... chests heaving to draw breath in the thin mountain air, calves burning from the scramble up the ridge, adrenalin pumping, and the prayer flags in sight. Standing at 6,153m looking down to Leh in the distance, and upon the valleys and passes that you have overcome during the past week. You can't beat that.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader was Chospel, a local Ladakhi leader, born and raised in a small agricultural community a short distance outside of Leh. An unassuming gently-spoken man with a wealth of experience and a passion for the mountains. He was extremely knowledgeable with a beaming smile and a great sense of humour. He really made the trip. Excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for all weather eventualities from hot (30 degrees or so) to cold (minus 5 degrees of lower) and bring layers; the sun can be extremely strong in the mountains so bring high factor suncream, a hat and something to cover your neck. The summit day is optional and there is an alternative glacier walk for those who opt out. There's no need to worry about holding others up on summit day as there are additional mountain guides so you tend to  naturally split into four or five groups of differing pace. Bring some cards or games for the evenings.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A real highlight for me was the camping aspect of the trip having only done a tea-house trek previously; sleeping under canvas in wild campsites beneath starry skies. The third campsite at the base of the Kang La was my personal favourite. The camping crew and cooks deserve a great deal of credit too. They really worked hard to look after us - we were woken with a tea delivery to our tent and a warm bowl of washing water, each day the tents were erected by the time we arrived at the next spot, and a delicious two or sometimes three course cooked dinner prepared every evening.
  • Reviewed September 2013
    Anonymous

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    I can't recommend the Exodus Ladakh/Stok Kangri trek highly enough.  If you enjoy breathtaking views far from the crowds with a stunning glacier and ridge walk summit ascent then this is the trip for you!  It's not an easy trek, but it's well within the grasp of fit or experienced hikers and is thoroughly enjoyable, and made all the better if you are lucky enough to have Valerie Parkinson and Sukman lead it!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day was different.  So many different views and colours, I felt far away from crowds and in a world of our own.  The group I was with were super and made it all the better, looking after each other and sharing the awe at the scenery.  Each pass we reached brought elation, but of course reaching the summit was the most inspirational part.  Back in Leh I really enjoyed learning about the Circle of Life and also visiting the Donkey Sanctuary.I was also inspired by the cleanliness.  With the exception of base camp we didn't encounter rubbish, used tissue or any of the ghastly sights that swamp other mountains like Kilimanjaro. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader, Valerie, was fantastic.  She was able to share so much history, background and insight to the places we visited which really added richness and depth to the experience.  On top of this her stories about other treks were fascinating and funny.  She did a great job of making sure everyone was well looked after, as well as encouraging us to look after the mountain and the local villages by being considerate about our rubbish.   She was excellently supported by Sukman who kept a good pace at the front and kept everyone's spirits high, he was a great motivation.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Personally I found my experience of hiking in Scotland gave me good experience for this trip, and I recommend hiking some of the tougher Munros if you are able to.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is the best trek I've done and it's left me eager to go back to the region and explore more.  In particular I will be looking up any trips that Valerie runs as I'm confident that not only will they be interesting, they'll probably be something different to what other operators offer, and she'll make the trip all the more fascinating with her local knowledge and experience.   
  • Reviewed September 2013
    Anonymous

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    Really well organised, a good route but absolutely not for the faint hearted or those not accustomed to altitude (I am now a Diamox junkie!).  Be prepared for some cramped nights in the 2 man tents (you can opt for a single I now know :-( )

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The summit is obviously dramatic, but the insight into village life was probably more 'inspirational'.  I loved the night in Chotski, with apricots dripping from the trees.  The landscape is outstanding, a geologists dream.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ngima was a great guide, well informed, good company and he went the extra mile.  The assistant guide has a lot to learn about pacing himself, keeping the group together, watching out for the 'back of the pack'.  He needs to mature into the job.  Generally the staff were great, couldn't do enough, and turned out the most amazing meals (given the circumstances).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the kit list carefully!  It's well compiled and whilst you clearly can't predict weather in the mountains and there is a limit on weight (20kg max), you need it ALL.  Yes shorts, thermals, waterproofs, and a good sleeping bag and mat is a must.  You can hire things like ice axes and crampons in Leh, not expensive, but I wouldn't hire their harnesses or helmets.  And when it says you need "good lungs" - it's serious advice.  If you're not fit, don't try this trek.  Some of us grabbed a minibus to Agra on return to Delhi; well worth the trip to the Taj, and the journey down was incredible if (like me) you've not witnessed Indian life before.  It's a long day out, but it can be done given the early timing of the flight into Delhi.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One little innovation which would make things a lot more 'civilised' - a loo seat for the toilet tent!  Don't expect too much sleep.  In Delhi it's too hot, in Leh the stray dogs and donkeys will be howling and braying under your hotel window, and on camp you can rely on more donkeys to serenade you with a dawn chorus.  In truth the hotel in Leh could work harder to manage the noise.Leh is also locked down as far as mobile phones are concerned; if you don't buy a local SIM card, you are left with the unreliable internet, and the daily power cuts!  So get used to "being away from it all"!!!!
  • Reviewed August 2013
    Anonymous

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    Fabulous trip which exceeded my expectations. This was my first visit to the Himalayas and will definitely be back! I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to attempt a 6000m peak.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having the opportunity to trek with someone who has experienced Everest first hand and to reach the top of a 6000m peak. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Don't think words can do Valarie justice. She made the trip one of the most memorable experiences of my life and was supportive throughout. It is a refreshing change to be in the company of someone so passionate for an area than simply just wanting to get to the top...

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book it!! Fantastic opportunity to climb a 6000m mountain and take in some amazing scenery on route. And don't be worried about rumours re: Delhi belly - the cooks on the trip deserved medals and even served up pizza & chips one night!!!

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Trip Extension: If you would like to visit India’s Golden Triangleit is possible to extend your trip. For more details please refer to the Trip Notes or call our Sales team, who will be happy to assist you.

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