Stok Kangri Peak located at 6152 M is the highest Peak in the stok range of Himalayas. The peak is located in Hemis National Park and its clearly visible from Leh and surrounding areas. Standing at the summit of Stok Kangri, you can view the Karakoram Range to your north and Zanskar Range to your south. The best part of Stok Kangri trek is that you can reach to its basecamp in just 2-3 days of trekking while for any other peak of this height it takes at least 4-5 days of trekking to reach the base camp. Other compelling feature of this Trek is the opportunity to reach this altitude without the technical expertise in mountaineering. It is often climbed as an initial non-technical foray into high altitude mountaineering. Stok Kangri along with Friendship Peak and Ladakhi Peak have been declared as a trekking peaks by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) which means less paper work. The 6000 m + peak presents the usual challenges of a mountaineering expedition, despite its relative ease. Therefore, one must be considerably fit and mentally strong to scale this giant. The biggest hurdle at such altitudes is rarefied air, which can give acute headaches and nausea to even the fit climbers towards the last stage of climbing the peak.
|3||Altitude of the summit||6152 M / Stok Kangri|
|4||Best Season||Mid June to October|
|5||What is included in the fee||Camping during the trek and Guest House Stays in Leh (Day 1, Day 2 & Day 8)
Trek Meals (Starting Lunch on Day 3). 4 meals during Trek
Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
Transport from Leh to Road head and return
|6||What is not included in the fee||Meals in Leh
Meals during road Journeys
Any kind of personal expenses
Any kind of Insurance
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions
The most convenient way to reach Leh is by Air. But this has to be followed by at least 2 days of acclimatization in Leh before you head out for a trek like Stok Kangri. You can also reach Leh by road but this option requires at least 2-3 days of travel on the road. You will receive the detail of accommodation in leh through an email from us. After reaching leh check into the Guest House/Hotel. Have some rest. Evening can be utilized to explore the Leh market.
Explore the cultural and natural beauty of Leh. This will make you familiar with the town and also help in acclimatize to the weather. Leh is the centre point of Laddakh and also a major town from where all expeditions begin. It is also a culturally rich place. There are dozens of monasteries and ancient temples that you can go around. They are located in and around the town. Enjoy the local cuisines which are major attraction for travellers.
This is the day when we would enjoy a great drive and have an enjoyable trekking experience. If you haven’t trekked in Laddakh before this day will come as a surprize. The beautiful landscapes of region will give you an out of the world feeling. The rocky mountain peaks all around look so perfect as if they have been painted on a canvas. The day will be difficult mostly because it is your first day of walking in this region. Over the next few days as your body will get acclimatized you will feel much better while hiking. At the start of the drive from Leh, we would go through many exotic and beautiful scenes. The drive to the Stok village is an adventurous one and is full of natural beauty with sight of lush green trees. The weather is generally fine in the summer season. The Stok village lies to the south of Leh and it is well known for a royal palace. Inside the palace there is a small museum which has beautiful and religious artefacts. We will setup camp as soon as we reach Chang Ma. We will settle in camps after a small acclimatization walk.
Today is a fairly easy trek along a river. We will cross water streams a couple of times. Real beauty of Laddakh will start showing today. Mankarmo has a big Parachute café. We will pitch camps & settle in after a short acclimatization walk. Camping in Mankarmo is a lovely experience.
After a few hours trek from Mankorma we reach the base camp. It’s a grassy patch of land with number of water bodies in the form of lakes & streams. Utilize the day to walk upto the upper area to enjoy the surrounding views. In sight are some beautiful peaks like Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri and many others. You would get sufficient time to get acclimatized to this altitude. This is very important as in the coming days, you would find a drastic increase in the altitude and experience thin air and lack of oxygen. Keep yourself warm with proper clothing as temperature can be very low here.
It is essentially a day to prepare you for the summit day. You will understand the possibilities and challenges involved. You will be briefed about the technical equipment. A basic training would be imparted on the usage of equipment such as Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope etc. Techniques like ascending & descending in snow, Self arrest using an ice axe will be covered in the training session. Today we go to bed early as we will start the summit attempt at mid of night.
Wake up call would be at 12:30 AM. Get ready for the summit attempt. Technical gear will be distributed. Start walking at 2:00 AM. The route goes through glaciers and then comes to steep slopes to the summit ridge. This is a long climb. It would take somewhere between 9 to 10 hours. The summit offers 360 degree view of the region. The wide view and open surroundings give you a royal feeling. Towards the north is Karakoram range. The Saser Kangri dominates the sky in the north along with the Karakoram, and the Zanskar ranges in the south. Descend to the base camp. Overnight stay in Camps.
With a 6000M peak up your sleeves todays trek will be a joyous experience. We start early for Stok Village. Return trek can be a little difficult & be extra careful on downhill slopes. From stok village we start the road drive for Leh. The drive back can be a nostalgic experience as you recount the precious experiences from your days on the expedition. We will reach Leh by evening. Check into the Guest House/Hotel.
Trip ends on this morning. You will be required to checkout from Hotel at 10 :00 AM.
On this day you can take a direct flight to Delhi from Leh. Alternatively, if you plan to tour the other spots in Laddakh, keep a couple of spare days in your Itinerary.
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Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice axe, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.
Mid-June to October
Stok Kangri is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. If you have already done a trek that climbs to 4700-5000 meters. It is recommended not to opt this trek if you cannot get acclimatized in the mountains of Ladakh. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete the expedition. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
If you are meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
Here is your checklist for this trek. Make sure you pack all these items for a comfortable trekking experience.
The trek begins from Leh region in Ladakh. The best travel option around Leh is by air
Jet Airways, GoAir, and Air India provide daily flights from New Delhi to Leh. It is recommended that you make your flight bookings well in advance not only to save on the price but also for a confirmed seat.
You can also take an alternate flight route to Srinagar. Fly to Srinagar from Delhi and then drive to Leh from Srinagar. The 10-hour road journey from Srinagar to Leh can be covered by hiring a shared taxi which will cost you around INR 3000-4000. The drive route from Srinagar to Leh is scenic.
For coming back, you can either take a direct flight from Leh to New Delhi. Or take the same route via Srinagar. Flights from Srinagar to Delhi are cheaper than Leh-Delhi.
You can take a route from Manali to Leh.
There is a bus from New Delhi to Leh with one side fare of INR 1365. The bus journey begins at 2:30 pm from Delhi ISBT reaching Keylong next day at 1:30 pm. After an overnight halt at Keylong, it reaches Leh at 7:00 am.
The another route to Leh can be taken through Srinagar. There are shared taxis from Srinagar to Leh available at cost of INR 3000-4000.
If you are an ardent biker, you wouldn’t mind taking a bike trip from Delhi to Leh and back.
Leh is a paradise on earth with so many enchanting attractions to see. During your acclimatization period, you can roam around the town and visit the monasteries; Diskit Gompa, and Lamayuru Monastery. Drive up to the Magnetic Hill and experience the crazy magnetic phenomenon on the hill. The picturesque Nubra Valley will take your breath away. The green oasis villages, the monasteries, the ruined palaces- Turtuk and Bordang; there is a whole different culture in this place. It is 150 km away from Leh. You can take a shared taxi to this route. How can you leave Ladakh without seeing Pangong Lake, the sapphire blue lake? Also, visit Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Leh Royal Palace.
BSNL has the best connectivity in Leh-Ladakh region followed by Airtel. However, all the mobile networks like Idea and Vodafone also work in Leh. Please note that only postpaid numbers work in J&K state, prepaid connections will cease to work as soon as you enter Ladakh region. On & Off-network coverage is available throughout this trek (BSNL mostly) and sometimes (if you are lucky) you can even get network from the summit of Stok Kangri! Yes! Believe it or not.