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Reviewed 2 September 2013 via mobile

Our 10 day trip with aquaterra was amazing from start to finish. It was very well organized, and our team handled unexpected obstacles (landslides and broken-down buses!) with great competence. Their river skills were excellent - safety and enjoyment and comfort blended seamlessly. It was pure delight to share the trip with them.

Date of experience: August 2013
4  Thank Mommymacc
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

This trip was extremely well organised. The trip had a great mixture of culture, scenery and adventure. The food was plentiful and extremely good. The guides were all very helpful and friendly.

Great trip.

Date of experience: August 2013
2  Thank Alison3149
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

We were a group of 14 who had signed up for the Stok Kangri Summit. Arrangements made by Aqua Terra and team are excellent. Evey minute detail is taken care of and the guides (Chain Singh, Vikas and Kailash) are eager to go out of their way to help us and make us comfortable in every possible manner.

Small recommendation to Aqua terra - try shifting from mogol to another hotel. We were not happy with them.

Date of experience: August 2013
1  Thank nikhilrajpuria
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Together with a friend of mine, I signed up for a 9-day expedition to the Stok Kangri summit. After researching the operators on the internet and some friends, I finally decided to go in for Aquaterra Adventures.

Booking
We made the reservations about 3-4 months before the trip date. From the very start, Aquaterra were very responsive to emails. The reservations process was smooth. We had to fill up some standard forms, send them a scanned copy and make the payment via credit card / bank transfer. Once the reservation was confirmed, Aquaterra sent their checklist for the trip that had quite detailed information on what to expect on the trek, things to carry etc etc. What was most impressive was unlike a lot of other operators, they weren't underplaying how difficult this summit is, and stressed on training and fitness.

Arrival
We arrived in Leh and were met with a cab pick up at the airport. We were dropped off at Hotel Mogol in Leh, which is about 15mins from the Airport. It is on the main tourist road in Leh. The accomodation was on a twin sharing basis. The room was basic but neat and hygenic. There's wifi in the main lawn downstairs, though not in the rooms. The guides from Aquaterra met us at the hotel and we spent the first day relaxing and keeping ourselves hydrated. It is recommended that you not do anything stressful on the day you arrive. It helps acclimatize better.

Day2
We spent the first half visiting some monasteries, which was part of the paid itinerary. The second half we decided to rent bikes and go to Khardung-la.

Day3
We were supposed to leave for the actual trek itself today, but due to bad weather and some landslides, we spent the day back in the hotel. We came out in the evening to do a short acclimatization trek to Shanti Stupa just down the road from the hotel. It involves climbing steps to gain about 120m in 30-40 mins. Its a good short ascent to keep your body in the right physical shape.

Day4-6
We left for the trek on day4. The expedition had 4 climbers accompanied by 5 members of the Aquaterra team. There were two main guides - Chain Singh and Jeetu. Kailash, Rakesh and Megh (cook) made up the rest. The next three days we spent hiking to reach the stok kangri base camp. We gained about 1700m in altitude, from about 3300m to 5000m. Day 5 is the longest which includes traversing stok-la.

Day 7
This was supposed to include a couple of short acclimatization treks to prepare us for the summit attempt, but almost continuous snow over night with little signs of the weather breaking meant we had to turn back from the base camp.

Aquaterra Experience
The guides were extremely helpful, cooperative and encouraging. They would pace themselves with one of them always coming up behind us and one of them staying out in front. We were never pushed to go fast. They had a lot of training and experience backing them, which gives you the much needed confidence that they know what they are doing and should things go bad, they'll be in a position to attempt a rescue.

The food throughout the trek was excellent and hygenic. Breakfast was typically served 7-7.30ish. On days you end the trek early there would be hot lunch at the destination camp. On other days we'd get packed lunch. Dinner was served around 7 in the evening.

There was a basic toilet tent put up for our own use at the campsites.

On the campsites as well as during the trek, most of our needs were well taken care of. Aquaterra is slightly on the expensive side but I would highly recommend them for the overall experience they provided.

Date of experience: July 2013
3  Thank sharadpk
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

We were lucky from the start- we had Vikram Joshi and his experienced and hand picked team of pony men, cook and helper guide ( Meg), the camp was well run and very hygienic and food was excellent. My son John ( 20) and I ( 55), were fit and active walkers but inexperienced with altitude, ropes, ice axes, snow boots and crampons. Vikram put us through our paces for 6 days walking high and sleeping low, prior to our summit day. Even if we had not completed the summit the trek would have been an exceptional experience, with wonderful views including , fresh snow leopard pug marks at 5,100m on an acclimatisation walk. The summit day was long ( 16 hours and hard, snow was both help on the way up and a big hindrance on the way down. It made it a more technical climb than would be the case in late July or August. Stok Kangri is way harder than Kilimanjaro and I think this was the hardest day I've ever put myself through, ( and my experience is long at 55 and I've done over a dozen Marathons and Ultras etc), but Vikram was a great trek leader and encouraging. Over all a great experience, but not to be taken lightly, and don't believe all the fluff about being a trekkers peak!

Date of experience: June 2013
2  Thank Martyn M
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