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Proposal - Mountaineering


What do you want to do?

An expedition to the Stok Kangri peak near Leh in Ladakh (6200m in altitude) 


Why do you want to do it?

The dream of my life is to reach the summit of Mount Everest someday. Stok Kangri is the first step towards my dream. It is considered as an ideal first 6000m peak for an amateur mountaineer. 


How will you do it?

There are organizations which organize commercial expeditions to Stok Kangri. (A commercial team is one where an organization charges you a certain amount of fee and then arranges all the equipments, guides, porter yaks and everything needed) However, I prefer to travel to Leh and arrange for the tent, other equipments, yaks, and a guide on my own. 

Tentative Timeline: 

If I start from Mumbai on 15th Jun ’08, then 

  • 16 Jun: Arrival at Chandigarh and overnight bus to Manali 
  • 17 Jun: Acclimatization day at Manali 
  • 18 Jun: Manali – Keylong (By bus/ private jeep) 
  • 19 Jun: Keylong – Leh (By bus/ private jeep) 
  • 20-22 Jun: Acclimatization days at Leh with small height gain treks to nearby hills 
  • 23 Jun: Leh – Stok village (10 kms by road) then trek to Manokarmo 
  • 24 Jun: Trek from Manokarmo to base camp 
  • 25 Jun: Base camp to advance base camp 
  • 26 Jun: Summit attempt and back to advance base camp to base camp 
  • 27-28 Jun: Reserve days for bad weather or physical exhaustion 
  • 29 Jun: Trek from base camp to Stok village and to Leh by road 
  • 30 Jun: Departure from Leh 


Budget?

Mumbai to Chandigarh and back by train Rs. 1000 

Chandigarh to Leh and back by road Rs. 3000 

Food for 15 days = 15*200 Rs. 3000 

High Altitude medicines/ food supplements Rs. 2000 

Accomodation for 5 days at Manali/ Keylong/ Leh = 5*300 Rs. 1500 

Renting of mountaineering equipments* and guide etc for 8 days Rs. 8000 

Unforeseen or emergency expenses Rs. 3000 

TOTAL Rs. 21500 

*Equipments for Stok Kangri will include tent, sleeping bag, harness, carabiners, crampons, snow-boots, trekking pole, ice-axe and winter clothing