Stok Kangri (6,153 metres ) is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of north India. The peak is located in Hemis National Park ,12 km southwest of the trailhead (3,610 metres) in the village of Stok and around 15 km southwest of the city of Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Despite its high altitude, Stok Kangri is a popular trekking Peak and is often climbed as an initial non-technical foray into high altitude mountaineering. However, the difficulty of Stok Kangri is often underestimated and the need to acclimatise before and during the ascent makes Stok Kangri an enduring challenge. In late July and August, all but the top of the peak may be snow-free.
Over the last few years, Stok Kangri has become tremendously popular amongst trekkers and novice mountaineers due to its non-technical nature. The peak is considered non-technical from July–August, but becomes quite technical during the height of winter. Even in summer, novices should be well prepared, with appropriate physical fitness and equipment. The climb is exhausting and requires a good amount of stamina, both physically and mentally.
Name – Stok kangri Trek
Trek Starting & Ending Point – Stok Village, Leh
Duration – 08 nights/09 days
Maximum Altitude – 6153 m
Walking distance – 56 kms
Grade – Moderate – Difficult
Pickup & Drop – Leh
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Day Wise Itinerary –
Day 01 – Arrival at Leh
The fun and excitement of Climbing Stok Kangri begins with your arrival in Leh. Check-in to your stay and relax. Sip on tea/coffee. Do note, since it is very important for you to get acclimatized in order to have a healthy journey, the first three days will be reserved for the same.
Overnight will be spent in hotel.
Day 02 – Acclimatization and Exploration of Leh
During the first half, indulge in breakfast and dash off for an acclimatization hike of 3-4 hours. The latter half, you can enjoy unraveling the well-known monasteries around Leh like Shey and Thiksey. Overnight will be spent in hotel
Day 03 – Drive to Stok Village and Trek to Chang Ma (13807 ft)
It is one of the best sites that you would have once you have decided to trek this area of land. Trekking in Leh, could be considered by some people to be living their dreams. At any point of time, you might just feel that you are right in the middle of heaven. This is a day when you would enjoy a great drive and have an enjoyable trekking experience.
The day starts with a drive to Stok village. At the start of the drive from Leh, you would go through many exotic and beautiful scenes. The drive to the Stok village is an adventurous one and if full of natural beauty and lush green trees. The weather is perfectly fine for the summer season. The Stok village lies immediately to the south of Leh and it is well known for a royal palace. The recently crowned king of Ladakh lives here. There is also a small museum inside the palace which has beautiful and religious artifacts.
The day 3 is however the day when you trek to Chang Ma. This might be a difficult trek and you may experience the joy of a snow trek. You would like to spend the night here and the overnight stay would be in tents in the open lands. Overnight will be spent in hotel
Day 04 – Chang Ma (13087 ft.) to Mankorma (14200 ft.)
With three good days spent on acclimatization, on day 4 and 5 you set off to Stok Kangri trekking.
The whole trek passes through the barren grey landscape of Ladakh. From chang ma trek up to Mankorma, This day will show you the real beauty of ladhak and gives you the answer why ladhak known as cold desert, while trekking you will cross the 2-3 times small streams, it is a fairly easy trek along with the river and you would love the overnight stay in tents.Overnight for both the days will be spent in tents.
Day 5 – Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.)
A few hours trek takes you back to the base camp. This exotic base camp is a pleasurable place. It lies in a grassy area. This area has a number of water bodies in the form of lakes and water streams. During the day time, you can walk on the upper areas of the campsite and enjoy the views of the surroundings. There are some beautiful peaks like Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri and many others. You can also take rest in the base camp to make sure that the group is ready for the next day’s trek and touring. You would get time to acclimatize to the weather. This is pretty necessary because in the coming days, you wuld find a drastic change in the climate and might experience thin air and lack of oxygen.
The overnight stay, would again be arranged in tents and make sure that you have enough warm clothes for the lowering temperature.
Day 6 – Rest day + training day
This day is an easy day for trekkers. You would enjoy the time for going around and knowing the place to a much better extent. It is essentially a day to train for the upcoming trek and know the possibilities and challenges that are involved in it. Your trek leader and guide would let you know about all the different changes in the terrain.
You need adequate knowledge and experience to go around the mountains. There might be situations where you have to trek in the sinking snow. You would find your legs sinking up to your knees. Therefore it is essential that you know the weather and surrounding conditions. It is also a day when you would to take enough rest so that you are well prepared for the coming excursion. The overnight stay would again be in tents. By now, you should be well familiar to the conditions prevailing during the day and night.
Day 7 – Base camp (16300 ft.) to Stok Kangri (20080 ft.) back to base camp.
Now that you have had rest for a day i.e. the Stok Kangri trek, you should be well prepared for the big climb. You should wakeup early to start the climb. The route goes through glaciers and then comes to steep slopes to the summit ridge. This is a long climb, so you should be mentally strong and prepared psychologically. It would take somewhere between 9 to 10 hours for average climbers. Slow climbers may take another 2 to 3 hours in addition.
At the start of the trek, after a couple of hours, you should reach to the summit of the ridge. The summit offers you great views of the area. The wide and open surroundings give you a royal feeling. Towards the north, you would get a view of the Karakoram range. The Saser Kangri dominates the sky in the north along with the Karakoram, and the Zansker ranges in the south. The overnight stay, as usual, would be in tents.
Day 8 – Base camp to Leh
Day 8 would be the ultimate day of your fantastic trekking experience. The trek which included high altitude trekking mountaineering and expedition would finally come to an end after this day. But before you end the day, you would see a lot of snow clad beauty and memorable view of mountain ranges. The joy of Ladakh trekking can be rejuvenated from this spot. As the day rises, you would have to start coming back from Base camp to Leh.
The trek back could be difficult and you need to perform care and precision. On the same day, after you reach Leh, you would also have to cover up to Stok Village on your feet. Stok village is the final stopping point of trekking. From Stok village to Leh, you would have to take a drive. The drive may make you nostalgic of all the fun that you had while trekking the mountains in the last eight days.
Day 9 – Departure from Leh
Return to your destination with nostalgia of your journey in the mountains
- Assistance upon arrival at Leh Airport.
- Traditional welcome in the Hotel with Welcome Drink (Hot Tea/Coffee /Kahwa) on arrival.
- 08 Nights Accommodation.
- Pick up, drop and all transfers as per itinerary.
- Environmental, Wildlife & red cross fees.
- Ladakh Inner Line Permit.
- IMF Permits for Expedition
- Trek Equipments, First aid kits & oxygen cylinder.
- A qualified tour guide, Helper & Cook
- All meals with veg & non veg during trek..
- All camps stay 05 nights on twin sharing basis.
- 5% GST charges.
- Travel Insurance.
- Portage of personal backpack/bags/luggage during the trek.
- Any expense of personal nature.
- Any meals/refreshments not mentioned Under the head inclusions.
- Any service not mentioned in the inclusions section.
- Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date – 5% deduction
- Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure – 50% deduction
- Less than 15 days of departure – No Cash Refund
- Normally HTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule/porter.
- Charges of offloading backpack can directly pay at village on arrival.
- The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover.
- Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.