3 Sep 2012

Stok Kangri, Himalayas, Ladakh, India !!

Stok Kangri, Himalayas, Ladakh, India
 * Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of northwest India.
* The peak is located in Hemis National Park, 12 km southwest of the trailhead at 3,610 m (11,845 feet) in the village of Stok and 24 km southwest of the Ladakhi capital of Leh.
* Despite its altitude, Stok Kangri is a popular peak and is often climbed a

s an initial non-technical foray into high altitude mountaineering.
* The Stok Kangri is the most glamorous trek in India.
* The trek takes you to India's highest trekable summit at 20,086 feet. Such formidable heights are the realms of mountaineering.
* In Trek usually is been conducted in late July and August, but the top of the peak may be snow-free.
* The elevation data was verified by GPS readings from 11 satellites at the Summit during a late July 2007 joint Nepalese-US expedition which encountered snow cover for 85% of the final four hour, four km, 900 meter climb.
* The shortest and most popular approach to the peak ascends the Stok valley, along the Stok Chu.
* This valley's grazing landscape, especially near the village Stok, was decimated by flooding in the first week of August 2006, the most severe in decades.
* The first official winter season ascent was made in march/April 2002, by the Bicton college team, which had three members on the summit.
* Snow was so deep base camp was located over a mile down an adjacent valley pitched on the frozen river.
* The peak has been judged safe enough to climb for teams by expedition companies.

Picture Courtesy : Vani Maradi (Explorer & Trekker )
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