Mountain Climbing in Ladakh
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jan 10, 2013 3:03 AM Last Post By: PrasanaMurthi
Nov 12, 2012 1:44 PM
Mountain Climbing in LadakhMy friend and I are wanting to climb a 6000m mountain this summer. We have both climbed high mountains before and we are thinking about Lungser Kangri. Does anyone know what the conditions will be like in July / August?
Has anyone climbed it? Or can recommend a reputable and registered guide?
Nov 12, 2012 4:25 PM
1Can't help specifically with the climbing question. I've only trekked to 5000-5400m, in the same period July/Aug.
Ladakh/Zanskar is a very dry area. It's arid climate and landscape, but the views are stunning. Temperatures get to 40+ daytime (in the sun - there's very little shade). Snow starts at about 5200-5500m depending on area.
I've heard the area including Lungser Kangri was restricted a few years ago, so you might need to check more precisely if it's still in force.
Nov 13, 2012 11:43 AM
2Most people looking to climb a 6000m mountian in Ladakh go for Stok Kangri. It's a straight forward non-technical climb. You'll need crampons and a ice axe, but no ropes are required. No permits are requires, but you'll need to pay a small fee at the begining of the climb. There are lots of travel agencies in Leh that can arrange guides.
July and August are the hottest months in Ladakh, and are peak trekking months. When climbing during this time of year you'll need to be very careful if you're walking on snow. You need to time your summits carefully, waking up extra early so you have a hard surface for your crampons, and descending before midday when the snow has begun to melt.
Nov 15, 2012 2:23 AM
3Stok Kangri is packed with trekkers doing their first and only peak. Good idea to do a different one.
I don't know agencies really because I don't use them (and don't climb peaks), but Rimo is one of the biggest agencies in Leh, and they send about a bazillion groups up Stok Kangri every summer (lots of my young Ladakhi friends have worked for them). With their Stok Kangri experience, they must have adequate equipment and guides to do other peaks too. They would also know which peaks are in allowed areas. Google Rimo Expeditions.
Nov 15, 2012 7:05 AM
Dec 3, 2012 12:01 AM
Dec 6, 2012 12:56 PM
6Julyand August now have a rain shadow from the monsoon, often dull skies and sometimes rain lower down and snow at the top. I now go in June or September. There's a lot of choice if you want uncrowded peaks. Look at the range to the west of Tso moriri, there are several peaks in that spine and access is easy enough from Khorzok or Pang. I can recommend a Ladakhi mate who has climbed there, he is not registered but i doubt you will find anyone there who is. pm me if needed
Dec 15, 2012 12:57 PM
I climbed Stok Kangri in July 2010 and as people mentioned before its a non-technical climb. The air is still thin and takes 4 days to complete. If there are more ice, then the Advanced base camp will be closed as mules/ponies cant walk in thick ice. It snowed heavily in 2010 and therefore i have to stay in base camp two which means the summit day will be longer and tiring.
You can read my climbing experience in my blog
Best of luck.
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