Situated in Hemis national park, the Stok Kangri is the highest peak in the Stok range of Ladakh. This is a popular choice for trekkers to foray into the world of high altitude mountaineering. In summer (July-August), the mountain becomes snow free except the top. The trekkers can explore the shortest and most popular approach to the peak, which ascends the Stok valley, along the Stok Chu.
Stok Kangri – the pride of Ladakh & one of the least explored 6000mt summits in India. Be the one to join the elite club of trekkers to have conquered the 20000ft / 6000mt peak. Being at 20K Ft it is still considered as an easy peak as this peak does not require technical skills. This route has been uniquely designed to approach the summit from one side & descend from the other.
The trek route is unique & the entire route passes through green pastures with high oxygen availability and an entry from one side & exit from the other, so that you will not have to repeat the route along with MUCH BETTER VIEWS of the valley.
Length: 8 Nights/ 9 Days ; from Leh to Leh.
Access: From Delhi one can take a direct flight to Leh.
Maximum altitude: 6153 m
Grade: Strenuous & Challenging
Season: June- August
Leh-Stok Village-Chang Ma- Mankorma-Base Camp- Stok Kangri Summit-Base Camp-Leh
Day 01: Arrival at Leh
Arrive at Leh and check into the guest house and take complete rest for acclimatization.
Day 02: Leh (Acclimatization day)
Acclamatization day in Leh so you can roam around in the colorful Leh market. You can also visit Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and Shankar Gompa. Or else you can plan for Shey Monastrey, Thikse Monastrey and Hemis Monastry tour.
Day 03:Leh to Chang Ma via Stok Village
Today is the actual start of the trek. The drive to the Stok Village is quite adventurous and has bounties of nature never before experienced. Full of lush green, silver birch trees and colourful flowers, there is no better ride. The weather is perfect during summers and roaming around is very peaceful. Stok Village is situated to the south of Leh and is well known for its royal palace and the King of Ladakh who resides here. Stok Kangri is not a camping site, but the place where you start your walk to Chang Ma. As it is just beginning, the trek might be a bit difficult to start off. Experience the immense joy of trekking on snow and open up huge possibilities, for moving ahead. After a trek of around 4 hours, the destination for the day arrives. Chang Ma is a popular spot for camping, a firm open ground where tents can easily be placed.
Day 04: Chang Ma (13087 feet.) to Mankorma (14200 feet.)
Today the trek is to Mankorma, at an altitude of 14200 ft. The day’s trek will involve some climb. The walk will traverse through the rough and barren landscape of Ladakh. The landscape is astonishingly beautiful, and the huge mountains add glory to it. It is crucial to maintain a healthy rhythm between your trek mates. There will not be any trees on the trek. But this is the actual beauty of Ladakh; grey barren lands make Ladakh the highest cold desert on the planet. The winds are quite strong and gusty and might even sway you from side to side. Do look forward to seeing valleys and vast barren lands. You will have to pass many small streams, and putting your legs into the icy cold water is thrilling. The days trek is fairly easy, and Mankorma will arrive in little more than 3 hours.
Day 05: Mankorma (14200 feet.) to Base camp (16300 feet.)
Stok Kangri Base Camp is in an altitude of 5000m the base camp will be the starting point for the summit. The base campsite is a place where you can enjoy to the fullest. It takes roughly 5 hours to reach the campsite, and the trek is beautiful in its own way. The area has many water bodies around it, and when the sun rays fall on it, they sparkle like diamonds. The air becomes considerably thinner as you climb. When you reach the base camp you have to try hard to breathe. The temperature here is considerably less than the other places in the trek. After having lunch and an hour of rest, go to the nearby mountain peaks of Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri and many others. This is surely going to make your day and prepare you for the final expedition.
Day 06: Rest day (training day)
The day will be easy for trekkers. Today is specially meant to know the place and the route to the summit in detail. You can enjoy your time by visiting nearby areas and knowing the place to a much better extent. But don't take this rest day to sit inside your camp and take naps. It is very crucial to know all aspects of team work and the techniques involved in climbing a peak filled with snow. Your trek leader and guide will train you for the upcoming climb and tell you about all the challenges and possibilities involved. You need to have enough knowledge about the terrain, depth of snow and other environmental aspects before you start climbing Stok Kangri. The most exciting as well as terrifying part is when your legs will sink into the snow, the snow being very soft and fresh, won't be able to take your weight. Snow trekking boots are an absolute necessity as it is slippery on the outside and lets you plough through the snow with ease. Know the surroundings very well and the weather forecast for the next few days.
Day 07: Base camp to Stok Kangri Summit and back to base camp
So, this is the most exciting of all days in the trek; the most challenging day. This day is also termed as the summit trek day. It will take more than half a day to travel to and from the summit, 14 to 16 hours altogether. Hence, the journey if started as early as possible is all the more better.
The trek to the summit – Stok Kankri is divided in to four phases. And by this way the trek would be easier and you won't feel tired and the distance won't look longer. Anyhow, the first part would be achieved when you get to a pass around forty five minutes later. You can spot the whole of the Leh district sleeping below. The second part comprise of crossing a large glacier. The time taken up to this place is another hour.
Now for the third part, you will have to trek on steep slopes of the glacier. The snow covered terrain will be followed next. Crampons are supposed to be used from here. The snow will be deeper with every step; and following your guide is must. Couple of hours after, you will reach the ridge that will take you to Stok kangri. The final part encompasses a steady hard trek on the ridge and getting to another large glacier. Crossing the Glacier will take us to the Summit.
The sight that welcomes us is beyond words. The summit is a marvelous place surrounded by magnificent Himalayan peaks on all side. All the pressure, training, exhaustion, fatigue will be worthy, the effort will be worthy. The descend starts after an hour. It wouldn't be as difficult as the climb was. You will reach the base camp within a couple of hours. Get a good night's sleep at the camp.
Day 08: Base Camp to Leh
Today the return to Leh will let you enjoy the snow clad mountains and breathtaking views. Ladakh is known for the black and white beauty with a touch of grey that it provides to its visitors. The joy of trekking can be rejuvenated at this location. The trek back to Leh is exciting and a bit challenging. You will tend to lose balance if you descend very soon, so be careful. Today the walk involved is more than 12 Kms as you need to walk to Stok Village by foot. From there, a drive back to Leh.
Day 09: Departure From Leh
INR 16000.00/- per person
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Nature offers its own challenges from time to time. As Stok Kangri is a challenging terrain it is possible to have minor/major changes to the designed plan. It is also possible that trekker will have to incur additional costs owing to the challenges arising out of the ground level challenges. There will not be any refund in case of trek cancellation due to natural calamity / policy enforcement