Ladakh Stok Kangri Peak Ascent for Schools & Colleges

Expedition Type: Peak Ascent, Trekking    Region: Asia
Season: Autumn, Summer   Duration:13 Days

Demanding

Expedition Information

OverviewItineraryAbout LadakhMore Information

This 13 day expedition is suitable for students who have a good level of fitness. Towering at an impressive 6153 meters (20187ft), Stok Kangri is a serious challenge. Although at such an impressive height, it is not a technical climb and requires no advanced mountaineering skills. We work our way up to base camp over a number of days to maximise acclimatisation and improve chances of a successful summit attempt. The view from the top is one of the best in the Himalaya offering great views of the Zanskar and Karakoram ranges including K2 (8611m), the second highest peak in the world. This is one of the best trekking peaks in the Indian Himalayas and it’s proximity to Leh makes it very accessible. Ladakh, often referred to as ‘little Tibet’, is characterised by Buddhist culture and tradition. Visits to monasteries, palaces, markets and remote villages are all included in this expedition.

The itinerary includes a community project which gives students an insight into the lives and traditions of the people and communities they visit, as well as providing a valuable service to the local community. Students can volunteer in Delhi or in Ladakh. Repairing irrigation channels, painting schools, building walls and interacting with local kids are just some of the options available. Earth’s Edge will work with your school to design a community project suited to the needs of your school and the local community.

Day 1: Dublin to Delhi.
Depart Dublin on an overnight flight to Delhi.

Day 2: In Delhi.
Arrive in Delhi in the mid morning. Rest for the day or go sightseeing & shopping.

Day 3: Delhi to Leh (3505m).
Take the short flight to Leh, capital of Ladakh.

Day 4: Community Project.
Spend the day volunteering.

Day 5: Leh to Rumbak (4000m), 5 hrs trekking.
Drive to Zingchen and then trek to Rumbak.

Day 6: Rumbak to Mankarmo (4200m), 7 hrs trekking.
Trek from Rumbak to Mankarmo.

Day 7: Mankarmo to Base Camp (4900m), 3 hrs trekking.
Trek from Mankarmo to Base Camp.

Day 8: Rest day at Base Camp.
Rest and go for a short acclimatisation hike in the afternoon.

Day 9: Base Camp to Stok Kangri (6153m) to Base Camp, 10 hrs trekking.
Trek to Stok Kangri and back.

Day 10: Spare Summit day.
This day is included to account for possible bad weather or further acclimatisation if needed.

Day 11: Base Camp to Stok Village (3480m) to Leh, 5 hrs trekking.
Trek to Stok village and drive to Leh.

Day 12: Leh to Delhi, afternoon sightseeing.
Fly to Delhi. Explore Delhi and go shopping in the afternoon.

Day 13: Delhi to Dublin.
Fly Delhi to Dublin.

Country information

Ladakhi Flag

Area: India; 3,287,263 sq km Ladakh;  86, 904 sq km      

Population: India; 1,210,193,422 Ladakh; 270,126

Official Language: Ladakhi

Religion: Buddhism & Islam

Local Time: GMT +5.30

Foreign Exchange
Local Currency: Indian Rupee
Currency for Exchange: EURO, USD$ & GBP.
Where to Exchange: Most major towns – your Expedition Leader can advise you on arrival. Worn or ripped Rupee notes may prove difficult to use, so beware of this when accepting notes.
ATMs: Available in Delhi and Leh
Credit Cards: Accepted in larger outlets.

Up-to-date information concerning global exchange rates can be obtained at www.xe.com.

Climate
The monsoon does not reach Ladakh and the region is generally much drier than other parts of India. It typically experiences pleasantly warm summers, with day temperatures reaching from 25 to 30°C, but nights are cooler. At higher altitudes temperatures can drop well below zero especially at night. Rain is unusual but does occur during the summer months. Up-to-date information on the weather can be found at  www.wunderground.com.

Visa Requirements
At time of writing, Single entry visas are required by IRE, UK, AUS, NZ, USA, CAN citizens – other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate.

Please contact your local consular office for particular information regarding travel from your country. All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related issues with the relevant Embassy prior to departure. Visa requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

Vaccinations & Prophylaxis
We recommend consulting your national website for expert advice:

Ireland: www.tmb.ie
UK: www.nhs.uk
US: wwwnc.cdc.gov

Please consult your local healthcare provider for further advice. Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

Electric Supply & Plugs
230v, 50Hz. A variety of electrical plugs are found throughout India, so an all-around adaptor plug set is recommended. Type D is most common. Some hotels have desks and workstations which accept a variety of plug types. But no matter what type of plug, voltage in India is 230V, 50 Hz.

For more information contact us by email on info@earths-edge.com or call on one of the following numbers;

Ireland: +353 (1) 4433314
UK: +44 (20) 81338682
USA: +1 (415) 315 9411