Velindre, Stok Kangri Expedition 2022

30th June - 13th July 2022

Velindre – Stok Kangri Expedition

Ladakh is an ethereal cold desert that goes by names such as ‘The Last Shangrila’, Moonscape and Little Tibet – all of which ring true, it is a land that seldom fails to baffle or surprise. The South Ridge or Stok Kangri provides an exhilarating climb in these fantastic surroundings. Although straightforward, the route is challenging and interesting, providing stunning views of the Karakoram Range and on a clear day, even K2 in the far distance.

One of the highlights of the trip is visiting Leh, the ancient capital of Ladakh. The regal air of the city, with its ‘potala-like’ palace and the charm of the friendly and traditionally dressed Ladakhi people, all contribute to the experience of this fantastic challenging expedition.

Outline itinerary:
30 June: Depart London
01 July: Arrive India and onward flight to Leh
02 July: Acclimatisation day in Leh
03 July: Acclimatisation day in Leh
04 July: Leh to Shang Sumdo – 4hrs trekking (3800m)
05 July: Shang Sumdo to Shang Phu – 6-7hrs trekking (4350m)
06 July: Shang Phu to Gangpoche (Matho Valley) via Shang La – 5-7hrs trekking (4300m)
07 July: Mathophu to Smankarmo – 5-6hrs trekking (4380m) 
08 July: Smankarmo to Base Camp – 2-3hrs trekking (4980m)
09 July: Rest day 
10 July: Summit day, Stok Kangri – 11-12hrs trekking (6120m)
11 July: Spare day for acclimatisation or bad weather
12 July: Base camp to Stok Village – 4-5hrs trekking / transfer to Leh 
13 July: Depart Leh for onward flight to London arriving early evening

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