Stok Kangri Expedition – Day 5 – Thiskey Monastery to Shang Sumdo (3,800m)

Thiskey MonasteryFrom Leh, we drove along the Indus Valley to the ancient monastery at Thiksey. After that the plan was to continue our journey, turning off the highway to follow a rough road up into the mountains as far as Shang Sumdo (3,800m) where we’d spend our first night under canvas. Continue reading “Stok Kangri Expedition – Day 5 – Thiskey Monastery to Shang Sumdo (3,800m)”

Stok Kangri Expedition – Day 3 – Exploring Ancient Leh

Leh PalaceTo climb a 6000m peak you need to acclimatise and to do this you need to spend a substantial amount of time at high altitude so another acclimatisation day was required to firstly get used to already being at 3,524m above sea-level and secondly to prepare us for the much harder task ahead. Today it had been scheduled that we were going to take a walking tour around the ancient city of Leh in which we were staying to help with this ongoing process. Continue reading “Stok Kangri Expedition – Day 3 – Exploring Ancient Leh”

Stok Kangri Expedition – Day 2 – Alchi Monastery

We drove for hours across a dusty and barren landscape which made up the Indus Valley. Our minibus was headed for Alchi Monastery a few hours up river and deeper into the Ladakh countryside. The Monastery consists of a small collection of monastic temples dating from between A.D.958 and 1055. Continue reading “Stok Kangri Expedition – Day 2 – Alchi Monastery”

Stok Kangri Expedition – Day 1 – Arrival in Ladakh

snapseed-3 copyWe flew into Leh on the first day of our adventure aboard a very early morning flight out of Delhi. The approach to Leh airport is what could be termed interesting. 360 degrees of surrounding mountain ranges (including Stok itself), a narrow valley and a dusty ex military airstrip to try to land on. It was a sick bags out and hold onto the seat of your pants kind of a landing! Continue reading “Stok Kangri Expedition – Day 1 – Arrival in Ladakh”