DATE: 15 JUNE 2018
TEAM SIZE: 10
TYPE: INTRO MOUNTAINEERING
Ladakh – the land where the high passes end. Located in the very north of the Indian Subcontinent, this stark and barren high altitude desert was once an important step on the ancient Silk Route. Now, it’s the perfect place to gain serious high altitude experience and possibly, summit your first 6000er.
Join us to cross the Stok La (pass), climb Stok Kangri and it’s sister peak, Gulep Kangri.
A classic trek to two spectacular 6000m peaks in Ladakh, Northern India.
Join Base Camp founder Chase Tucker as he returns to Northern India since his last trip exploring the region in 2011 with local climbers.
The aim of the trip is to ascend both Stok Kangri (6153m) and Kang yatse (6400m) range lies on the southern skyline of Leh. Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the range. The climbs are both technically straightforward and safe of any objective dangers, but give the beginner mountaineer an excellent introduction into high altitude siege style mountaineering.
It’s a challenging climb even fit of the climbers and is a great adventure into Himalayan mountaineering.
The following is the outline plan for this epic expedition – the ‘substance’ rather than the specifics.
The goal is to successfully climb 2 peaks – Stok Kangri & Gulep Kangri. The trip will be challenging due to the altitude and terrain. After careful acclimatisation the team will climb Stok La Pass to set up base camp. The ascent to Stok Kangri will be from the south and involves walking over glaciers and traversing the face to reach the narrow edge. Gulep Kangri will then be attempted where you will need to climb a short ice wall to get to the summit. The downhill walk to Stok Village at the end of our expedition will only be a few hours, where you can get a much needed rest in a local guesthouse.
Team members will need to have a high level of fitness due to the altitude, short acclimatisation period and terrain. Previous trekking experience at altitude is preferred.
Training with Base Camp either in Brisbane or online (atleast 12 weeks prior to departure) is a requirement of this trip. This is to ensure all team members are able to meet the demands of the expedition.
Terrain will involve remote and poorly defined trails, steep snow slopes and ice walls, ropes may be used for glacier travel and steeper sections of ice and snow.
An ice axe, crampons and harnesses will be used on summit day, which will commence at midnight. Expect cold conditions.
- All local Permits
- Base Camp Expedition Leader
- Local guides and porters
- All meals while on the trek
- Accommodation in Leh at the start and end of trip in a comfortable guest house (twin share).
- Tent accomodation on trek– 2 people to share one 3 man tent.
- All specialist and safety equipment.
- Transfers to and from domestic flights
- Any personal expenditure and travel/evacuation insurance
- Any out of pocket expenses in case of conditions beyond our scope including any flight delays and/or evacuation.
- Rental of equipment
The price of this expedition is $4900 AUD.
A deposit of $1000 is required to secure your spot.
Final amount is due 90 days prior to the expedition.
Training with Base Camp is not included in this price and will be discussed with you prior to confirming your place on the expedition.
- Let us know your interested in this expedition by clicking the below ‘apply to join this team’ button.
- Fill out the short enquiry form with your details.
- Chase or another Base Camp Coach will be in contact with you to organise a suitable time for a quick chat via phone/skype or facebook messenger. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions about the trip, discuss training options and to assess whether this expedition is a good fit.
- Once accepted on the expedition, you will need to secure your place with a $1000 deposit.
- Training (online)will begin 12 March 2018.
On landing in Leh, remember to look behind you when you walk out of the terminal, because this is your first view of Stok Kangri. You’ll be taken to your guest house, where you can rest and begin the acclimatisation process. Leh is at 3500 mts, but being a desert, has less oxygen than other mountain regions at the same altitude.
Visit Shey and Thiksey monastery.
Today, we’ll do some sightseeing in the morning, followed by a walk to Shanti Stupa in the evening.
Drive to Zingchen village (3700m/12139ft),Trek to Rumbak ( 3900m/12795ft) (2 hours),
After a rough drive to Zingchen Village, which is the roadhead, we begin the hike towards Camp 1. The trail is gentle, and follows a gorge with a narrow stream. It’s a great way to start off the trek. The first view of Rumbak is breathtaking – a little pastoral village with yaks and bundles of hay. We’ll spend the night in a homestay, interacting with villagers and eating local food like Thukpa.
Trek to Mankarmo (4300m/14107ft) over Stok La (4900m/16076ft)(6 hours)
After breakfast, we reach the base of Stok La in about an hour, from where it’s a steep climb to the pass.We spend some time at the summit, tying prayer flags, taking photos,and descend into the stok vally. From here, Mankarmo camp is a short distance (in mountain terms!).
Occupy Basecamp (4900m/16106ft)(3 hours): It’s a short, but strenuous walk to Base Camp.
Most of today will be spent at rest, eating and drinking in preparation for the summit. We will practise roped walking and cramponing, as well as communication and protocols.
At around midnight, we will begin the hike to the summit. The route goes over small ridge, bringing us into the next valley, from where we traverse to a small glacier. At this point, we may need to rope up, depending on conditions. After the glacier is a steep, and challenging walk, to the summit ridge. The ridge itself is narrow, but wide enough to walk on safely, and leads directly to the summit. Depending on conditions, we will return either by retracing our route or by walking down the face. We aim to be at the top by sunrise, and down in time for lunch.
Rest and recover.
Summit Gulep Kangri
Gulep Kangri is a 5900 meter peak, easily accessible from base camp. The climb takes us to a ridge just above base camp (scrambling), from where one needs to climb a short ice wall (approx 50degrees, one or 2 pitches), to get to the summit. While considered more ‘technical’ than stok, it’s much shorter distance wise.
The downhill walk to the roadhead is easy, and you will complete it in a few hours. A taxi will be waiting to bring you back to your guest house.
A taxi will drive you to the airport. Flights leave Leh at around 9am, and arrive in Delhi by around 10.30 am. Please keep in mind that flights to and from Leh are often delayed or cancelled because of weather conditions. You should not book International Flights on this day.
WHY CHOOSE A BASE CAMP EXPEDITION?
- You and your team mates have a high level of fitness (giving everyone the best chance to summit)
- You’ll be surrounded by like-minded people who you will meet in person (or online) prior to departure
- Your expedition leader is an experienced mountaineer and mountain sports coach.
- We only partner with highly qualified and experienced local guides and support team.
- You’ll have access to a huge range of training and trekking resources so that you’re 100% ready.
- Bespoke itinerary that will ensure you have the best experience possible.
This is an intro mountaineering trip. It would be great if you had previous trekking experience, but this is not a requirement if you commit to the training and are well prepared.
You can book a 1 on 1 with Chase to discuss your suitability if you are concerned.
Team members will need to have a high level of fitness due to the altitude, short acclimatisation period and terrain. You do not need to be an athlete!
If you follow the training program you’ll be more than prepared for this trip.
We’ll give you the knowledge about altitude, symptoms and management. You’ll have an experienced expedition leader to ensure you make the best decision possible if altitude sickness does occur.
The itinerary has also been specifically designed to provide sufficient time to acclimatise before and during the expedition. We also have allocated rest days.
Yes! This is a key part of the trip, and makes a Base Camp expedition different to others out there. Everyone on the team is fit, knowledgable and prepared for the trip. Guaranteed this will make your trip a more enjoyable experience and give you the best chance of summiting the 2 peaks.
Contact Base Camp straight away. Our cancellation policy is in the terms and conditions and is inline with most reputable trekking companies. Please understand we’ll do everything we can to help especially in exceptional circumstances.
– Cancellations outside of 90 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
– For cancellations made within 89-60 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment.
– For cancellations within 59 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.
We strongly recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent.
Book a 1 on 1 chat with Chase to discuss the injuries. We can modify the program to rehabilitate and ensure no further injury.
We have support guides that will help you back down the mountain and ensure your safety and medical needs are taken care of.
If you are unwell and/or suffering from altitude sickness, the trip leader will be in charge of deciding the next course of action.
It’s important that you visit a travel doctor and seek their advice on this.
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