Tips from staff who have climbed Stok Kangri
Equipment and clothing
For most of the trek lightweight clothing is fine with warmer layers for the evening. You can usually sit out with a fleece jacket in the evenings except at the higher camps when a warmer jacket is more comfortable. However if it rains for a few days the temperatures can drop but as a rule of thumb Ladakh is hot and sunny in the summer months with temperatures up to 35C in the daytime. The tops of passes can get cold so a fleece and windproof are essential.
You gear is with you all the way so you just dress as you see fit on the day. On our trip, some people would be in shorts and t-shirts, while others would be in full kit, fleeces, waterproofs etc. at times!
Everyone had different types of jackets. I had a down jacket, with additional water/windproof, 2 fleeces and then base layers/ thermals as well (not all at the same time). People just added and removed as they wanted. Everyone carried spare kit in the backpacks, so you can add to what you have as you go along. The leader was also good at advising people each morning.
I hired an ice axe in Leh, there are lots of places to get one. The gear there won't be brand new but for axes, it doesn't make a huge difference. When I did the climb I didn't really use the axe much. just for balance, but the path you follow to the summit is cut for you by the mountain leader so he creates steps in the snow and everyone follows him. The quality of hired crampons is not so good in Leh. For summit day you will need a good warm jacket, warm gloves, warm socks and good sunglasses. Don’t forget to check your daypack has an ice axe holder. If you have a hydration system, take a normal water bottle. You will be given boiled water in the evening so if you put this in a normal bottle it can cool down before you pour it into your hydration system.
Sterling is fine to take. You don't need a lot, about £200 should cover meals, drinks, tipping etc. For shopping or anything else, you'll need some more, but that's down to you.
It was definitely cold when the wind was blowing and in single figures I'm sure. Saying that, when you got some shelter ot the wind died down, the sun can be quite strong and you start heating up again quickly.
Olly Leicester - Sales team leader
I've heard the 'Delhi Belly' rumours in India -will this be a problem?
India has delicious food to cater for all preferences but, like anywhere in the world, hygiene is important. Keeping your hands well washed before eating, staying as hydrated as possible and sticking to bottled water is the best protection against an upset tum. Otherwise, mashed potato is apparently a good cure!
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Is it possible to get visas upon arrival?
No. Indian visas must be pre-arranged in advance. Check the Indian embassy website for details.
Will Shoubridge - Agency Sales
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