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Chamser Kangri, all of 6622m - Changthang Ladakh

The dazzling Tso Moriri with Chamsar Kangri (6622m) in the background viewed from the only village in the area Korzok at 4600m.

The dazzling Tso Moriri with Chamser Kangri  (6622m) in the background viewed from the only village in the area Korzok at 4600m.

It seems true that once you have been high, you always want to go higher (and  that is coming from someone who hates heights, freezing temperatures and exposed, risky edges.) Chamser Kangri is one of the many 6000m peaks in Ladakh that are less risky in that it is regarded as a so-called trekking peaks. That sounds about right for me, altitude is enough to deal with. We climbed it in September 2013, when conditions were perfect, except for the chill of autumn.

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Climbing Stok Kangri (6130m)

Prayer flags adorn the kangri (snow peak).

 

Stok Kangri (6130m),  literally translates as 'snow-peak  of Stok village'. The peak is a perfect A-line that 'watches over' Stok  some 3000m below.  It is regarded as one of the easiest 6000m peaks in the Indian Himalayas, a trekking peak to be precise. Not one for heights, ice and on the-edge-kind-of-stuff, the suggestion to climb it didn't seem like such a bad one considering it is regarded as 'easy'. Besides this gave me an opportunity to beat my highest climbed altitude to date:   Huanya Potosi at 6080m in Bolivia which I managed on my pan-american bike trip some years back.

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