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Climbing this 6000m mountain in 10 days is probably the quickest that a person can do it in, keeping in mind that one needs some time to acclimatize to the altitude as well. We'll spend the first few days acclimatizing in Leh, during which time we'll also visit some monasteries and the Leh market.

We then set off for a week-long trek. Instead of approaching the mountain head-on, we travel some distance west and then approach it through a slightly longer route crossing the Stok La (4890m) and then descending to the Stok valley. This approach gives us a little more time to acclimatize and the steep climb up to Stok La acts as a good test before the final ascent.

The final climb of Stok Kangri will present a challenge to even the fittest. Even being fully acclimatized and completely in shape, any climb over 6000m isn't easy. However, the climb itself is not technically demanding. On days with good weather conditions, this involves going up a steep rocky scree slope and walking over a sharp rocky ridge to reach the snowy summit.

Most of the snow on the mountain melts away by early August, and we have rarely used crampons on our August departures. However, with the weather becoming more & more unpredictable, we cannot rule out the possibility of dealing with unexpected snow & ice on the mountain.Given it is one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Indian Himalayas (and on the planet), and its proximity to Leh (the capital of Ladakh) the mountain brings a lot of people to its summit. This is not such a difficult peak to climb, and our trip has a short acclimatization trek built in where we climb a 4890m/16040ft high pass to get to the base of the mountain.

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