Area : Ladakh Himalayas
Duration : 06 Days (3 days travel/3 days trek)
Best Season : Mid June - Mid October
Altitude : 3900 mts.
Total Trekking : 35 K.M
A part of the unexplored Markha Valley Trek in the Ladakh region, the Spituk Stok Trek is one of the most beautiful and easy treks in Ladakh that cuts across the stunning Stok La at 4900 meters. It is where one can enjoy the panoramic view of the legendary Indus valley, en route the hidden Rumbak village. The ramp to Stok La also encourages trekkers to mull over the history of Ladakh by offering access to Stok Palace museum that displays a chronicle history of several Ladakhi rulers.
The Spituk Stok Trek is a niche journey for travellers seeking a pleasure hike. Following a contrasting landscape, where the barren hills slowly mix with greenery moving into the Zingchen valley and cut by the River Rumbak, the trail truly intends to get a flavour of Ladakh even being low on time.
Set in the midst of snowcapped mountains, the Rumbak village that lies in the route of the strenuous Stok Kangri Trek showcases the colourful and wild nature dotted with flora and fauna. Walking and exploring the ambiance is more than a treasure hunt rewarded by the sights of Blue Sheep, Argali and if Lucky then Tibetan Wolf and if Fortunate then Snow Leopard. Nonetheless Rumbak is also an abode of various migratory birds and thus offering some serious birding.
The best time to visit Spituk trek is between June and mid-October. During this time, the weather in Ladakh is pleasant and the average temperature ranges between 20 and 30°C in the daytime. July and August are the ideal months for Sham Valley trek as during these months Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways also opens for private vehicles.
The Spituk Trek is one of the classic treks in Ladakh region. Spituk has an average elevation of 3,307 metres and is about 8kms from Leh city. This easy trek takes one from Spituk to Rumbak via Zingchen through the Zingchen Gorge and the Hemis National Park. Enroute, you one has the opportunity to witness endangered Snow Leopard if trekking is done during winter or early fall. Stok La is the highest point in this trek. From atop the pass, spectacular views of the towering mountains and the lush Indus Valley will serenade you.
By Air: Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the main airport in Leh City. It has a number of flights that connect Leh with Delhi as well as with few major cities of India.
By Road: Leh is connected to the rest of India by two highways: NH 1D (Srinagar-Leh Highway) and Manali-Leh Highway. The Srinagar-Leh Highway passes through Kargil and Zoji-La (3505m), whereas Leh-Manali Highway passes through famed Rohtang Pass and Tanglang La (5325m). It also passes through the upland desert plateau of Rupshu whose altitude ranges from 3,660 m to 4,570 m.
In the morning, fly from Delhi to Leh. On arrival at Ladakh, meet our representative. Check-in to the pre-booked hotel. Take rest and be acclimatized. Visit the local market of Leh in the evening. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Today, we shall go on a sightseeing tour to some important monasteries in the area. We will be visiting Shey Gompa, which was once the summer capital of Ladakh kings; Thiksey Gompa, which is said to be one of the most beautiful structures in Ladakh and the famed Hemis Monastery belonging to Drukpa Order. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Post breakfast, we will drive to Spituk (8 kilometers from Leh). The trek begins here at the bridge over the Indus River around a kilometer away from the west of Spituk Village. We will trek an easy trail to Zingchen. Set out a camp after reaching Zingchen. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Today, we will up to 4900-meter Stok Pass also renowned as Namlung. It takes less than 1.5 hours in ascending to Stok La. We shall walk about 10 minutes in the east side to find the campsite. Overnight stay in the tent.
Post breakfast, we shall take an easy trek to the hill along the stream on the left bank as it leads towards the north. The track is easy and wide. The wild roses and willows adorn the trail. On arrival, explore Stok Palace. Overnight stay in a hotel in Leh.
In the morning transfer to hotel to catch a flight to Delhi. A drive to Manali or Srinagar can also be arranged on request. It takes two days to complete the journey by road. The overnight halts during this journey can be either Kargil, which lies on Leh-Srinagar Highway, or Sarchu, which lies on the Leh-Manali Highway.
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You should book Spituk to Stok trekking two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.
There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.
Once you book your trek with us we will provide you a list of things to carry, which should not weigh more than 12 Kgs.
Our pick up and drop point for Spituk Trek is at Leh airport. From airport, our guide will pick you and then assist you through the expedition.
We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.
Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 18 people with mix of men and women.
Spituk to Stok trek is an easy trek with a maximum altitude of 13000ft (3950m),so the minimum age required is 12 years.
Between the months of June and mid-October, the temperature during the trek can go as low as 8 Degree Celsius during the night and by the day time it remains between 15and 20 Degree Celsius.
We plan our treks in a way that after 6 – 7 hours of trekking we can reach next camp around the lunch time. Normally, 10 - 15kms per day of trekking is required.
Southern Zanskar Trek is only conducted during the monsoon season: July, August and September. However, monsoon doesn't affect this trek as there are no rains in Ladakh area.
Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.
If we have to extend the trek due to the reasons which are beyond our control then additional charge may apply for hotel stay and food.
Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500, Hi-Tec Colman and Salomon are good shoes with value for money.
We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Thukpa, local dishes etc.
Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.
Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.
We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.
Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.
Register for the trek and we will send you the details of the booking procedure.
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