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  • 10

    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.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    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.

  • 10

    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.

  • 10

    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.   

  • 8

    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"!!!!

  • 10

    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!!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    A truly challenging trek and climb with magnificent scenery throughout. Having trekked many times in the Himalaya, including Ladakh, and in the Andes, this was one of the best in all ways.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    After five hours of relentless climbing in the dark on summit day, experiencing the sun rising and casting a beautiful golden light over the snow slopes, and being able to see where we were, where we'd been and where we were going.....at last! On a personal level, and having for many years been involved in supporting the Tibetan cause, the whole climb brought home to me in a very dramatic way the extreme hardship and suffering that Tibetan refugees must experience when escaping over the Himalaya.  And we were cosseted all the way. No real comparison, of course, but definitely inspirational.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie Parkinson is second to none! Having travelled with her before, she has never failed to impress in all aspects of group leading. Also deserving a mention is Jigme, the young Ladakhi trek leader, who was constantly alert and aware of all the group's needs, particularly when trekking over difficult terrain.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't underestimate how challenging this trek and climb is. As other reviewers have said, it is tougher than Kilimanjaro, but, in many ways, far more rewarding.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Acclimatisation time was well planned in and around Leh and also during the trek in climbing Exodus and Palam peaks en route. The whole camp experience was excellent, especially the food! Egg, chips and chocolate cake on the last night was a real treat! Many thanks to the whole support team. My partner, Carole Mahoney, and I took on the challenge of Stok Kangri as a privately organised sponsored climb, and also to celebrate our 66th birthdays! We've now raised over £6,000 which is being shared between Exodus' community projects in Ladakh and the Tibet Relief Fund in the UK which supports Tibetan refugees in India & Nepal. People's generosity has been inspirational too!

  • 10

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    A truly excellent trip. The itinerary is well thought-through, delivering both a good altitude acclimatisation schedule and fantastic views and walking every day of the trek, making it an excellent trip in its own right and not just a peak-bagging expedition. It helped that we had a superb group – the 8 of us got on extremely well. Impeccable organisation throughout. Overall – possibly the best trek I have ever been on (out of c.10-12).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Summiting SK after a 7.5 hours night climb on the relentless steep snowy/rocky slope was obviously a major highlight, but for me so was the leisurely descent in bright sunshine with hardly anyone around, taking time to savour the stunning surroundings. And earlier on in the trip, Exodus peak with its first proper taste of the spectacular scenery, was also special: 360 degree views of snow-capped peaks, butterflies flitting around (at over 5,000m!), large warm slabs of rock to relax on … a perfect spot!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ngima is one of the best trek leaders I have encountered. His judgement, technical and local knowledge, advice and encouragement were much appreciated, but it was also his social skills and sense of humour that made the trip a lot of fun and so memorable for all of us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As other customers have commented, generally the temperature on the trek was quite pleasant and not as cold as I had expected from the trip notes; same applies to the SK climb itself – yes, it is cold on the top and there was plenty of snow, but the ascent is quite energetic (unlike Kili) so most of us were too hot in our down jackets. Those of us who had previously done Kili concurred that the ascent of SK was significantly more demanding physically.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food on the trek was excellent, predominantly vegetarian but not exclusively, with a greater variety of dishes than I have encountered before, all of which were very tasty.

  • 10

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    Overall, a fantastic trip through breathtaking (and not just due to the altitude) scenery, in a unique part of the world. The route taken by Exodus is, for the most part, not the standard tourist route, so for the majority of the trip you don't experience the hoards that you usually do on a climb such as Kilimanjaro, and most days you don't see any other climbers. The aclimatization days in Leh allow you to experience some of the the local culture, and although Kashmir is by no means a wilderness destination (as you will see when you get to Leh), you generally won't come across too many people that have visited that part of the world. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The highlight of the trip is, of course, summiting Stok Kangri itself, taking you above both the 6,000m and 20,000ft barriers, which isn't something that can be achieved on Kilimanjaro.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The trip was led by Valerie Parkinson who, as you can expect from her experience on Stok Kangri itself as well as the region as a whole, and a couple of 8,000m peaks, was a fantastic team leader. Her knowledge of the culture and history of the area is superb, and I doubt there are many people who have anywhere close to her experience on Stok Kangri itself. The safety and well being of the group was always paramount to her, and her leadership helped to bring the whole group together, and made the trip extremely enjoyable and informative.  

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We climbed Stok Kangri at the end of July / start of August, and temperatures were not as low as many were expecting. Down Jackets were certainly not needed, and although temperatures dipped in the evenings, a couple of layers were generally sufficient. Almost all our group had climbed Kilimanjaro previously, and the general consensus was that it was a far tougher climb than Kili, despite the marginal increase in height. I suspect this is largely down to the large elevation gain in the first few days of the trek (3000m to 5300m within 2 1/2 days), when around half the group started to feel some effects of altitude (I would recommend taking some Diamox along, just in case). The ice axe / crampon work is non technical, and half and hour of practice the day before the summit was sufficient experience for what was required, although more experience never does any harm. The summit day is quite a long slog, although not technical in any way, requires a bit of motivation just to keep on grinding it out. The ridge can be relatively hazardous, not so much for the steep sides, but more just the rocky terrain, which involves a bit of scrambling, and in the course of a long, tiring, day can (and did) lead to a few slips and trips, with high potential for twisted ankles, grazed shins etc. We were roped together for the ridge part of the climb, but the general consensus was the rope made it more hazardous, as the risk of falling down the side seemed unlikely, but holding on to the rope made the scrambling harder, as it used up a hand that would have been useful to assist with grip when scrambling over the rocky outcrops. Overall, the climb is nothing to be concerned about, but you just need to maintain the concentration and motivation for a long day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    A fantastic trek in the Himalayas with amazing scenery every minute of the day, this was a high altitude journey with the exciting opportunity to peak my first 6,000 metre mountain. I loved it!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing Stok Kangri was the most difficult thing I have ever done - but just the best experience ever! Every magnificent step. And a stunning sunrise I'll never forget.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie Parkinson is extremely experienced, knowledgable and caring. She ensured that each group member achieved their best. She builds a great team of local staff around her, who together ensure that the camp is 'ship-shape' and the whole trek runs smoothly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a very challenging trek, and the final summit attempt of Stok Kangri is graded correctly as 'Tough' - don't underestimate it. Experience of crampon walking essential. Most people experienced altitude sickness of some kind, so be prepared and follow all the guidelines and support on offer from Valerie and the other staff.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you to everyone - I had such a great time.

  • 10

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    Overall it was a great trip. It was certainly more of a life experience than a true holiday as you will see India in the raw at times.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Summiting Stok Kangri in snowy conditions and seeing the Taj Mahal on the Golden Triangle trip extension.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Soham was a great guide and showed very good judgement when making decisions on the Stok Kangri climb. He always set a good pace and made sure that we were properly acclimatised at all times. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Maximise your physical fitness before you go on the trip , you will enjoy it more if you do.  Bring walking poles with you. You may not need them below 5000m , but when you get over 5000m using them really helps. The food on the trip is mainly vegetarian. If you are more of a carnivore then bring along some of those dehydrated mountain meals where you just add hot water for the times you feel like something other than vegetarian food.  Bring a flask with you so you can carry a hot drink with you on Stok Kangri summit day.     

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I could not recommend the trip enough, particularly as a stepping stone if you are planning to try bigger mountains in the future.

  • 6

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    Good introduction to Leh area of LadakhGolden triangle extension is a good introduction to Agra and Jaipur (n.b. in itself there is no extra Delhi signhtseeing - that if you do it must come off the main trip) 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Discovering Mughal dynasty and architecture - learned a lot about the history Trekking down the gorges above Stok village  Leh Panneer Tikka Marsalla and Kingfisher Beer 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Great guy - very hardworking 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Golden triangle extension is expensive and hard work if like me you are on your own - you alone have to fend off the plans of the guides to distract you to their chosen shops. In particular watch out for the votive offering scam at Fatehpur Sikri - my guide (a sub-sub contractor) I am convinced was part of the scam.   Hemis Gompa - THE gompa in the Leh valley by repute and according to the trip notes - so why was our trek guide allowed to NOT take us to it? (some story about it being too busy commercial) - Exodus needs to sort this out one way or another. If like me you are not a good acclimatiser but are keen on SK summit beware. The trip notes are WRONG. There is cozy stuff about "setting up base camp at 5200 metres" (the old ABC/advanced base camp). This is NOT TRUE - it's not allowed on the SK permit. So be aware you must add an extra 300 metres to your climb - i.e. its not as easy as you might think. There really is NO excuse for this sort of mistake in the trip notes. The fact that the trip will use the normal lower base camp at about 4900 m is very well known. Fancy a beer with your hotel meal on return from Delhi? Oops - Hotel Clarke Heights can't serve it there - while other Indian hotels can (solution - get licence or another hotel !) Oh and don't expect to see K2 - its too far away! 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is still a good first trip to Ladakh and the golden triangle extension covers the required bases so do NOT be put off by my observations. There was a lot that was very good on this trip including an excellent trek crew. But remember the trip notes are not accurate - and remeber you are climbing from 4900 metres not 5200. 

  • 8

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    A fantastic intorduction to the Indian Himalayas with a chance to climb a 6000m peak at the end.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of Palam Peak and having a 360 degree view of the mountains was amazing. Obviously the summit of Stok Kangri was amazing as well but the 360 degree view was totally unexpected and absolutely beautiful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ngima was fantastic. He really knew his stuff about avoiding headaches and acclimatising well as well as inspiring total confidence about his climbing abilities and skills in helping the group to stay safe and successful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't underestimate the Stok Kangri climb - this is not for everyone and is incredibly hard work. It's definitely for experienced mountaineers and for people who have high altitude experience. That said, the surrounding countryside is beautiful so if you choose to not do the climb there is still plenty to do on the day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You need to ensure that you know how to fit your own crampons and that you have appropriate mountaineering boots and not just walking boots. Walking for 12 hours in the snow will not go well in normal walking boots and expecting guides to fit your crampons is not really appropriate when the rest of the group is waiting in the cold!   Be aware that there are lots of visits to monasteries during the acclimatisation days in Leh but that this does not continue throughout the trek. It's worth noting that this is not for you if culture and a gentle walk are all you are interested in. If you're after amazing mountain views and a good challenging peak then this is perfect.

  • 8

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    A fantastic place and all the better for having Exodus behind us all the way. The organisation was faultless and the support given by the trek leaders was invaluable. Don't believe the temperature graph in the brochure when it says the average temperature in Leh in July is less than 20C, I'm not sure it fell below 30C! Otherwise a great trip and thoroughly recommended. Didn't need to buy all that winter clothing though! 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The breathtaking views above 5000m

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Valerie and Chospel were fantastic! I couldn't fault the organisation, experience or willing support provided by the group leaders. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    See above - re weather chart! You need to take the winter clothing just in case, but in July it really wasn't needed! The crampons and ice axes weren't used. It good to plan to leave some kit in Leh which can be given to you in base camp. Hence bring another bag if you can. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It would have got 5 stars if I hadn't got sick! I'm not holding exodus responsible but classic is probably not the words to describe my holiday! 

  • 10

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    This trip far exceeded my expectations, an absolutely brilliant 16days! It was a challenge, but more than the physical aspect it was the mental challenge that suprised me... camping for this number of nights consecutively at such altitude was tough and when you feel tired sometimes it's difficult to get motivated for another 7 hours trekking. However, these moments were short-lived and faaaaaar outweighed by the positives.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The obvious moment would be reaching the summit... The last 50m of the climb were difficult, after having found the physical exertion fine until this point I started to really notice the altitude and my chest felt tight, but popping over the top of the ridge and seeing the prayer flags on the summit made this feeling go away and it was replaced with complete disbelief that I'd made it to the top. It was too much to take in at the time and it was only later in the day that the achievement sank in.  Something equally inspiring though was when we were served roast potatoes and pizza followed by apple crumble and custard mid-way through the trek. AND these were brilliant roast potatoes, you'd be proud if you made them at home!!! The food throughout the trek was great but this was a real treat and really lifted our spirits.    

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie was a fantastic Leader. She always knew what was going on, was ready with constant reminders when we asked the same questions over and over again, could tell us about ANY aspect of life in Ladakh - actually, not just Ladakh, make that Asia! - and always had an amusing story about previous trips and travels. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Work on your fitness beforehand - you don't need to be a ridiculously fit (I'm certainly not) but some of the paths to the Passes are steep and the fitter that you are, the more you can enjoy it. Also, prior use of an ice axe and crampons is essential as there really is no time to learn these skills during the trip. Finally, a couple of people in our group brought solar chargers with them, which were great in order to give a boost to iPods etc - I'd definately recommend bringing one of these as there's no where to charge anything once you're on trek!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This really is a fantastic trip. The acclimatisation has been planned incredibly well with lots of "climbing high, sleeping low", if you can call 4,900m low! This means that when it comes to summit day, you'll be well prepared for the attempt. The pacing throughout the trip is spot-on, so although you may be used to walking at a faster speed, this pace means that you are giving your body the best chance to get used to the altitude and climate without completely exerting yourself. If you want a challenge that's surrounded by stunning scenery, in an extremely interesting region then this is it!!! 

  • 6

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    Good high level camping in a spectactular high desert region surrounded by mountains. Good logistics and very good food and support on the trek.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of high level passes with mountains all around. And small things like:  a visit to a Ladakhi house and being caught in a downpour in Delhi

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Helpful and able, good sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In August the area was hotter than expected.  A bandana helps to keep dust out of face. Discovered Delhi shut on independence day and security is tight

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Though the hotel at Pitampura was very good,  it is too far from Delhi city centre; travelling in an out, even by metro is a bit of a pain.

  • 8

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    Great

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Piers was great.  However, how can you send us a letter in June which said that the change in leader was a last minute enforced change, when Peirs knew he was on this trip in February.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    Getting to stok kangri after 7 days trekking made this trip a genuinly tough prospect. The early morning ascent was both exciting and inspirational. Strapping on crampons and traversing the ice field to the summit ridge was not for the faint hearted but what a feeling to be up there amongst jaw dropping scenery. All the effort was worth while just to see the sense of achievement on new friends faces.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Drive to the start of the trek was spectacular. The acclimitisation climbs were essential and the scenery fantastic. Certainly ensured a 100% summit success on the final climb. To stand on a 6000metre peak , with both of us 50 years of age, was a lifetime achievement and it felt great !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leader was always part of the team, he was always there for us and ensured that less experienced members of the trip always felt safe and capable of progressing. An all round good egg.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Listen to guides instructions and take it easy initially. Slowly slowly makes for a better chance of summitting at altitude.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Snacks could have been provided between breakfast and lunch, nuts fruit etc. Previous trips have provided this and have been good little morale boosters during difficult days.

  • 8

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    Excellent trip, if somewhat tiring!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The mountain views and reaching the peak!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie Parkinson was excellent; enthusiastic and knowledgable about Ladakh.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Travellers must bring a decent sleeping bag, i.e. 4 seasons. Some seemed to think that because it was a hot desert it would be warm at night! The trip advice should be more specific about what type of torch is required. It should state a head torch for the start of the peak climb in the dark.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This review form seems very short and does not split the feedback into the different areas. The local staff were excellent. The food was plentiful and delicious. One comment is that the guide/leader at the front of the group does need to ensure that the group does not get too spread out and should stop and wait for all the group to gather before setting off again.

  • 8

    LADAKH: STOK KANGRI CLIMB

    A well thought out trip to a relatively unvisited area of the Himalayas. I enjoyed all aspects of the holiday, from the temple and monastery visits to the acclimitisation and eventually the Stok Kangri climb itself.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the cloud clear revealing a brand new mountain view after a heavy snow shower while crossing the Stok La. Getting to the summit on a clear windless morning. Beautiful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie is a very competent leader who knows a lot about Ladakh, its history and its people. It was very interesting to get the low down on the recent history of the area from her. To make Valerie's knowledge of Ladakh more complete would be difficult, but I feel more knowledge of the local geology and also more animal and bird life knowledge would make a good addition to her already encyclopedic mind.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take factor 50 (at least) sun cream. Decent fabric boots are fine for the walk up to base camp. Take lip cream which includes a strong anti UV agent. Take plenty of paracetamol which seems to get rid of the altitude headache quickly, and you may also find yourself doling a few out to your trekking partners. There is scope for your kit bag to get wet, so make sure everything is in plastic bags in your kit bag and rucksack, and pack a few extra bin liners as they may be very useful. A washing line and pegs is also a handy little thing to take - there are a couple of days on the trek where there is plenty of time for washing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Stok Kangri is described in various  places as 'the easiest 20,000ft mountain', but please be aware that there is NO SUCH THING AS AN EASY 20,000ft MOUNTAIN. In my opinion, the summit ridge of Stok Kangri was more taxing that the ascent of Kilimanjaro and certainly more technical that Mera Peak. Do not go on this trip expecting to be handed a 20,000ft summit on a plate, and please be equipped for extremes of both hot and cold.

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