Stok Kangri, Ladakh

Hello!
Is anyone out there going on the trip to climb Stok Kangri, departing 19th August?
Really looking forward to it. Hope I can make it all the way to the summit!
Mary

Hello Mary

I'm going on the same trip as you. I'm excited but also quite daunted as I have never attempted anything higher than on the Everest base camp trek and my legs feel like lead weights already! I'm also quite short of equipment so looking to rent, beg, steal, borrow what I can etc.

Should be fun though as I love travelling to the Himalayas and have never been across to the western part in Ladakh.

If you want to compare pre-trek notes my email is -

[email protected].

Look forward to meeting you and good luck with your preparations.

Just wondered if anyone on this forum has made the Stok Kangri ascent before and can give any good tips on getting prepared.

Was also wondering about renting equipment in Leh. Probably going to rent boots/crampons in England but looking to hire sleeping bag/mat and helmet/ice axe in Leh. Any comments would be appreciated!

Hi Mark,
I've never been to Ladakh either but have heard it's lovely and like you, I loved walking in other parts of the Himalaya (once in Nepal and once in India). It will also be my first time above 6000m but the itinerary looks like it builds in lots of acclimatisation. The scramble along an exposed ridge section near the summit sounds interesting :)
Have you done much winter mountaineering before?
I think I have all the kit I need except for an ice axe, so I'll be looking to hire it in Leh. But I am struggling to pack everything in while keeping the weight down to 15kg. Might end up wearing lots of layers (and a sleeping bag and a helmet...) on that flight!
Mary

Hiya Mary. Never done any mountaineering (gulp) before apart from some icy scrambles in the Himalaya wearing grips or socks on my boots but nothing like th is involving harnesses, helmet, ice axe and crampons apart from a small glacier walk and ice wall climb in Iceland. Hopefully I'll wing it and although daunted I am really looking forward to the experience.

I'm going to sort out kit next week and will hire boots and crampons from here, borrow a helmet and harness from a friend and on a wing and a prayer hire a sleeping bag and mat and ice axe in Leh to cut down on the international and domestic flight weight.

Bye for now
Mark

Looking at the trip I think the most important thing to remember is to bring along a good hat and the best sunscreen money can buy!

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