I was planning a climbing trip to the Indian Himalayas in May (2006), but my partner has bailed.
It looks like I might be going by myself now. Since I'll be soloing, I'm thinking more along the lines
of attempting a "trekking" peak. I was looking at Stok Kangri. From what I've read so far, it
looks feasible to attempt it solo - at least there are no sections where you would need to be
roped up (of course, I realize that its more than 6k in height and hence I should allow plenty
of time for acclimatization). Here are a few questions that I had -
1. I contacted a couple of trekking agencies, and one of them said May is a little early for
attempting trekking peaks, as there will be high avalanche danger. Is this true in general?
2. Will there usually be much (or any) snow on the mountain in early May? How about towards
the end of May? I wouldn't mind having snow though.
3. I'd like to do the peak "by myself" - I mean I don't want to be guided up it, but I'll probably
need some help carrying stuff till my first camp. Can I find some local porters after I get there?
Or should I make all arrangements beforehand?
4. Do I need to get any permit(s) to climb Stok Kangri (I hold an Indian passport)?
Thanks much in advance for any info