Stok Alpinism | 6000m

Climbers moving in alpine style in the Stok range. We will be climbing on the peaks in the background. Steep, aesthetic Himalayan alpinism.

We return to the Stok range of Ladakh for Autumn alpinism. The Stok range is one of the most accessible Himalayan ranges, being a days walk from the airport in Leh.  For this trip, our focus will be aesthetic lines that are off the beaten track.  Beyond successful ascents of 6000 meter peaks, we will be focusing on honing and learning new skills for alpine climbing at altitude. Alpine climbing means no fixed ropes, no porter support on mountain, and in a lightweight and clean style.

Leadership. Luke Smithwick will be guiding and instructing on this trip, and also climbing with you on the mountain.

Cost Effective. Full Service. Our base camp at Stok Kangri BC will be fully stocked with a variety of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with snacks. We will have one pit toilet, and each member will have their own roomy 2 person Mountain Hardwear tent. The purpose of a base camp is for you to have a place to recover, relax, and have space from the mountain to collect your thoughts, gather your energy reserves, and move to climbing on the mountain.  Our goal as a guide service is to provide a climb that keeps you strong, physically healthy, and mentally prepared for your summit climbs.

Proving Ground. The Stok range is an excellent segue way into Himalayan climbing. Come and test yourself on Himalayan giants.

Trust. Climbing at 6000+ meters is no place to be short on resources. We make the proper advance preparations to ensure that our team will be properly cared for, from airport to summit to airport.

>Stok range alpine style climbs | 6000m+
>Focus on alpine climbing and fixed rope mountaineering skills and moving at altitude
>Good preparation trip for climbing to 7000 meters and 8000 meters

trip deposit US$1000
max 2 climbers (one space left)

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Luke Smithwick

Luke Smithwick






Our service includes
3 nights single hotel room in Leh
All other accommodation while present on scheduled trip itinerary
Ground transportation by private vehicle
‘Himalaya Alpine’ alpine style mountaineering trip: Delicious meals, french press coffee and herbal teas, all horse porterage on approach/retreat, local guides and staff, Mountain Hardwear expedition tents, equipped dining tent, experienced western guide.
Solar charging for electronics
Himalaya Alpine Guides duffel bag

Our service excludes
Trip/medical/rescue insurance
International & Domestic flights
India Visa
Meals while not on expedition (Leh)
Personal climbing equipment
Puja cost (allow US$20)
Items of a personal nature (laundry, bar bills, gratuities, etc.)


One of our planned routes on 6000 meter Pyramid Peak.



Our planned routes on Stok Kangri and Shuku Kangri. The standard route on Stok Kangri is walk up the ridgeline on the left (the back peak in this photo).

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Leh
2 – acclimatize Leh 3700m
3 – drive Shang, trek Shang Phu
4 – trek Matho Doksa
5 – trek base camp 4900m
6 – acclimatize base camp 4900m
7 – climbing training on Pyramid glacier 5400m
8 – climb Golep Kangri 6000m
9 – rest base camp
10 – climb Pyramid Peak 6000m
11 – rest base camp
12 – climb Stok Kangri 6153m
13 – trek Stok, drive Leh
14 – depart Leh

 Namaste and Jullay.