The region of Ladakh is a truly inspirational destination which was only opened to foreigners a few years ago. After a couple of days exploring the local Buddhist Gompas and hill top monasteries to acclimatise, we trek through the quiet Shang Valley to Smankarmo village en-route to Stok Kangri.
We leave Smankarmo for Stok Kangri’s base camp at 4900m, set amongst the aromatic shrubs and wild roses and you may see the agile native blue sheep or rare snow leopard camouflaged against the bare mountains. The ascent of Stok Kangri is technically straightforward and makes an ideal objective for a first Himalayan peak but will be challenging due to altitude.
An early morning start will see us across an impressive glacier before easy scrambling across rock and snow slopes leads to the final narrow ridge to an elegant summit. A clear day provides spectacular and far-reaching views across Ladakh and the Indus towards Tibet and the great mountains of the eastern Karakoram. This is a wonderfully varied trip where the people of Ladakh and their unique culture give a unique feel to a stunning trek and a 6000m mountain that can be completed in just 2 weeks.