spituk-stok-trek

Spituk to Stok Trek

Area : Ladakh Himalayas

Duration : 06 Days (3 days travel/3 days trek)

Best Season : Mid June - Mid October

Grade :

Easy
These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers.

Altitude : 3900 mts.

Total Trekking : 35 K.M

About Spituk-Stok Trek

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.

Spituk Stok Trek Ladakh

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.

Spituk-Stok Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Get the opportunity to explore the beautiful Rumbak Village
  • Enjoy once in a lifetime wildlife expedition
  • Cross through the magnanimous Stok la pass
  • Lose in the beauty of historically steeped Stok palace

Best Time to Visit

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.

Where is this Trek?

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.

How to Reach?

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.

Spituk to Stok Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi – Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatization)

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.

Day 02: Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis

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.

Day 03: Leh – Spituk - Zingchen

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.

Day 04: Rumbak – Stok la – Camp Site

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.

Day 05: Camp Site – Stok – Leh

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.

Day 06: Leh – Delhi

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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Things to Carry for Spituk to Stok Trek

  • Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
  • Sunglasses, Light gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  •  Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Daypack
  • One liter water bottles wide mouthed
  • Trekking Boots
  • Water purification/filter
  • Camp shoes/sneakers
  • Walking stick/Trekking pole
  • Cotton socks
  • Note book with pens and pencils
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Lip balm
  • Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
  • Down jacket/vest
  • Camp towel/towel/sarong
  • Fleece jacket/vest
  • Personal toiletries
  • T-shirts
  • Personal medicines
  • Underwear
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Trekking pants
  • Energy bars
  • Thermal tops
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Thermal bottom
  • Extra passport photos
  • Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Wind- and rain-gear with hood
  • Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
  • One pair cotton trousers or shorts
  • Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Spituk to Stok Trek?

You should book Spituk to Stok trekking two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

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.

Where to meet us?

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.

How we run the trek?

We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 18 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Spituk to Stok Trek ?

Spituk to Stok trek is an easy trek with a maximum altitude of 13000ft (3950m),so the minimum age required is 12 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Spituk to Stok Trek?

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.

How long we trek during Spituk to Stok Trek?

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.

How monsoon affects the Spituk to Stok Trek ?

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.

Can I take Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

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.

What kind of shoes will be required?

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.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

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.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

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.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

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.

Are your fixed departures dates are definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

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.

How to book the trek

Register for the trek and we will send you the details of the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure with Dates 2016

24 June – 04 July 2016 08 July – 19 July 2016 15 July – 25 July 2016
22 July – 01 Aug 2016 29 July – 08 Aug 2016 05 Aug – 15 Aug 2016
12 Aug – 22 Aug 2016 19 Aug – 29 Aug 2016 26 Aug – 05 Sept 2016
02 Sept – 12 Sept 2016 16 Sept – 26 Sept 2016  

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