Area : Ladakh Himalaya
Duration : 10 Days (3 Days travel/7 Days trek)
Best Season : Mid June - Mid October
Altitude : 6125 mts.
Total Trekking : 80 K.M
Crossing several obstacles, climbing on the steep slopes, withstanding sunny mornings to blizzard and walking past meandering tracks towards the 6153 meters is what it takes to do the Stok Kangri Trek. That's the challenge trekkers have to accept to reach the paradise within 5-6 challenging days. Being one of the most difficult treks in India, the Stok Kangri Trek is meant for those amateur and experienced trekkers that have one or two trekking experiences above 5000 meters.
Ladakh brings forth many trekking tours but the Stok Kangri Trek is simply a walk to heaven. If one is lucky enough, he has the opportunity to catch the glimpse of the towering peak of K2 and the view of several crystal crests and large moraines winding down the barren valleys. During the trek get the chance of 360 degree view of the Saser Kangri, which dominates the northern sky on the Karakoram Range and the Zanskar Range on the south.
The Stok Kangri Trek is one of the strenuous treks in the Ladakh region that requires serious acclimatization before hitting the tracks to Rumbak village. Even after crossing several mountain passes like Stok La at 4900 meters, the trail requires acclimatization at the Stok Kangri Base camp after camping and crossing Mankorma. The journey en route and thereafter passes through some narrow tracks and dangerous moraines; one might encounter snowstorms, which may slow down or hold back trekking to Stok Kangri. The Stok Kangri Trek creates a wholesome experience for the trekker. This dream expedition offers camping, facilities for home stay at a remote village, scenic beauty and pleasant stories.
The best time to visit Stok Kangri Trek is between May 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 magnificent Stok Kangri (6153m) is situated in the south of Leh. Declared an open trekking peak by Indian mountaineering foundations, Stok Kangri can be done by anyone who is physically fit. From the summit stunning views of Karakoram Range, Ladakh Range and Zanskar range can be witnessed. During clear sky K2 can also be seen at far distance.
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.
This day will be to get more accustomed to the weather conditions in Ladakh. We shall go for a short day hike to practice ascending techniques. Overnight stay in hotel.
Today, we will drive to Spituk, which is the nearest road access to Stok Kangri. We shall begin our trek with an easy preliminary walk for around four hours until we arrive at Zingchan. Camp overnight at Zingchan.
Post breakfast, we shall be trekking to the base of Stok La from Zingchan. Stok La is positioned below. The nights are cold and days are comparatively warm here. Arrive at Stok La, relaxing sleep at the camp.
Our trek will be towards Mankorma, where we will camp. Get the amazing panorama of Stok Kangri and the trail to the peak from the base camp.
Early in the morning, we will head out for the base camp. We will reach early to camp and will utilize time in taking rest. After relaxing for few hours, we will take a small ascent from base camp. We will ascend a further 100 meters and then descend down again to get enough time in night for preparation of tomorrow's peak attempt. Overnight stay in the base camp.
Today, we shall start early to utilize the best weather conditions. We will ascend to a ridge first. This ridge leads to a large glacier that we will cross in order reach the peak. The last steps towards the peak are most difficult and require sound physical and mental potency.
It is a spare day to explore nature's beauty at the peak.
Today, we will descend down to the Stok Village from the base camp. We shall cross ruins of old forts. It takes around six hours to reach Stok Village where the vehicles will be waiting for us. We will drive for two hours back to Leh. Check-in to the hotel and overnight stay.
Transfer to the airport and catch flight to Delhi from Leh.
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You should book Stok Kangri Trek 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 Stok Kangri 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.
Stok Kangri trek is a moderate to challenging trek with a maximum altitude of 20175ft (6150m) so the minimum age required is 15 years.
Between the months of July and September the temperature during the trek can go as low as 8 Degree Celsius during the night and the day time is sunny with temperature ranging between 15 and 25 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.
Stok Kangri 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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