At 6,121m Stok Kangri is clearly visible from Leh, the ancient capital of Ladakh in Northern India. It was the first mountain that we organised an expedition to, in 1988. Since then, aspiring mountaineers have joined us every year to climb it as it remains a brilliant introduction to high-altitude mountaineering. If you are a keen walker or trekker and have used an ice axe and crampons, you could well attempt Stok Kangri as a first Himalayan peak.
You fly from Delhi to Leh and spend two days acclimatising and visiting hill top monasteries, before completing a four-day acclimatisation trek through the quiet Shang Valley to Smankarmo. During the trek you cross many spurs and minor passes, with views northwards towards the Indus Valley, until you reach a high point of 4,960m on the Shang La. Along the way there is plenty of wildlife and it's common to meet shepherds grazing their livestock in the summer pastures. From Smankarmo you walk to base camp and have a rest day and then a further acclimatisation walk to 5,400m before going for the summit. On summit day you cross a glacier and scree to reach the sharp south ridge, which leads in a superbly exposed position to the narrow summit. On a clear day you can see as far as the mighty Karakoram and K2, 220Km to the north west.
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