Monthly Archives: February 2015

Kinnaur’s Royal Apple Orchard Tours

Kalpa village during apple season

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, an ‘Apple orchard once in India’ means ‘Kinnaur all the way’. In the lap of blue skies and hills that are enchanted with an awesome view and the famous Kinnauri Apple, one will find tranquility here. The high altitudes of Kinnaur ranging from 2,320 mts to 6,816 mts, are a haven for Mountaineers & Fruiters.

AppleKinnaur is the northeast district of Himachal Pradesh, located about 235 kms from Shimla. Surrounded by the Tibet to the east, the region has a harmonious mix of the Buddhists and Hindus keeping the multicultural values of India alive. Places like Sangla & Kalpa are famous for the apple production. Kalpa is one of the biggest and beautiful villages of Kinnaur where river Sutlej flows through its scenic valleys.  The picturesque Sangla Valley known for rich tribal culture and traditions is perfect for a camp-night under the stars.

Stokes was the mad behind bringing the ‘Apple Revolution’ in Himachal. Explore these beautiful apple growing villages tucked in the western Himalayas.

Must Do: Walk through the Apple Orchards of Kotgarh & Thanedar (origin of apple farms in Himachal) 80 kms from Shimla

Must See: Bhimkali temple in Sarahan, 90 kms from Kalpa. The temple is a rare combination of Bhuddhist and Hindu architecture which is approx 200 years old

Best Season: March – September

Recommended Programme:

Delhi – Shimla – Thanedhar – Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa – Sarahan – Chandigarh – Delhi

The Magnificence of Stok Kangri – 6153 Mtr

ABC 1“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”

-G. K. Chesterton

 The chill in the air might freeze you, but the thrill in your spirit will melt all fears away. Mount Stok Kangri expedition is known to be one of the simpler 6000mt treks in the world. After a hard 5 days trek and some really breath-taking views, there is going to be a sense of fulfillment that will make you forget everything else.

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Perched at a height of 6153 mtrs, StokKangri trek is popular, not so technical yet a demanding foray into high altitude mountaineering.  StokKangri is situated in the Indus Valley of Ladakh region and lies on the Karakorum ranges of the Indian Himalayas, which is the highest peak in the Stok ranges of the Himalaya.The bestmonths to ascend are July to September when it’s usually dry with few rain showers in July and August.

Day 06-Stok Base camp

A classic trek to Stok Kangri can take upto 5-6 days. The trek begins from Stok village which is about 24 kms from Leh district. From the village trek uptil Manikarmo at 4600 mt where you witness barren mountains and wilderness. Matho River Valley is a suitable place for setting up a camp.  Acclimatisation takes a lot of time so it is advised to climb to another height of about 5000mt next day, where you can set up base camp and spend another day for acclimatising and walking up to the advanced base camp to spend some time near the glacier.

Day 09-Way to summit

By fourth day, gear up to start your Stok Kangri summit trek as you pass through rock face, snow trails and catch the views of some of world’s highest peaks like K2. Flag your arrival on the snow clad peak and behold the panoramic views that will take you into a trance, but soon it will be time to return to base camp to spend another night at camp as you celebrate your conquest with your team. Return back with memories, lots of pictures, and a Himalayan adventure you have been looking for.

Day 09-Stok summit

Stok Kangri is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful peaks in Ladakh that gives a real opportunity to climb a 6150mt mountain in less than a week, which is not possible in any other part of the world!If adventure is on your mind, expedition in Ladakh Himalayan belt offers an array of adventure treks and expedition for enthu-mountaineers out there, Mt Nun&Mt Kun to name a few.