Stok Kangri, Ladakhfrom
Stok Kangri Peak located at 6152 M is the highest Peak in the Stok range of Himalayas. Located in Hemis National Park join one of the most adventurous treks from our Offbeat Experiences bucket.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Snow & Ice
Activity Level Challenging
TIME OF THE YEAR:- April to October
DURATION: 5 days
DIFFICULTY: Difficult for armatures. Moderate for professionals
HIGHEST ALTITUDE: 6000mtrs
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE: 15 degrees to -20 degrees.
Stok Kangri Peak located at 6152 M is the highest Peak in the stok range of Himalayas. The peak is located in Hemis National Park and its clearly visible from Leh and surrounding areas. Standing at the summit of Stok Kangri, you can view the Karakoram Range to your north and Zanskar Range to your south. The best part of Stok Kangri trek is that you can reach to its basecamp in just 2-3 days of trekking while for any other peak of this height it takes at least 4-5 days of trekking to reach the base camp. Another compelling feature of this Trek is the opportunity to reach this altitude without the technical expertise in mountaineering. It is often climbed as an initial non-technical foray into high altitude mountaineering. Stok Kangri along with Friendship Peak and Ladakhi Peak have been declared as a trekking peak by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) which means less paperwork. The 6000 m + peak presents the usual challenges of a mountaineering expedition, despite its relative ease. Therefore, one must be considerably fit and mentally strong to scale this giant. The biggest hurdle at such altitudes is rarefied air, which can give acute headaches and nausea to even the fit climbers towards the last stage of climbing the peak.
- Camping during the trek and Guest House Stays in Leh (Day 1, Day 2 & Day 8)
- Trek Meals (Starting Lunch on Day 3). 4 meals during Trek
- Technical equipment
- Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
- First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
- Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
- Transport from Leh to Road head and return
- Meals in Leh
- Meals during road journeys
- Any kind of personal expenses
- Any kind of Insurance
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions
Arrive in Leh
The most convenient way to reach Leh is by Air. But this has to be followed by at least 2 days of acclimatization in Leh before you head out for a trek like Stok Kangri. You can also reach Leh by road but this option requires at least 2-3 days of travel on the road. You will receive the detail of accommodation in Leh through an email from us. After reaching Leh check into the Guest House/Hotel. Have some rest. The evening can be utilized to explore the Leh market.
Acclimatization in Leh
Explore the cultural and natural beauty of Leh. This will make you familiar with the town and also help in acclimatize to the weather. Leh is the centre point of Laddakh and also a major town from where all expeditions begin. It is also a culturally rich place. There are dozens of monasteries and ancient temples that you can go around. They are located in and around the town. Enjoy the local cuisines which are major attraction for travellers.
: Leh (11500 ft.) to Chang Ma (13087 ft.) via Stok Village (11800 ft.)
This is the day when we would enjoy a great drive and have an enjoyable trekking experience. If you haven’t trekked in Laddakh before this day will come as a surprize. The beautiful landscapes of region will give you an out of the world feeling. The rocky mountain peaks all around look so perfect as if they have been painted on a canvas. The day will be difficult mostly because it is your first day of walking in this region. Over the next few days as your body will get acclimatized you will feel much better while hiking. At the start of the drive from Leh, we would go through many exotic and beautiful scenes. The drive to the Stok village is an adventurous one and is full of natural beauty with sight of lush green trees. The weather is generally fine in the summer season. The Stok village lies to the south of Leh and it is well known for a royal palace. Inside the palace there is a small museum which has beautiful and religious artefacts. We will setup camp as soon as we reach Chang Ma. We will settle in camps after a small acclimatization walk.
Chang Ma (13087 ft.) to Mankorma (14200 ft.)
Today is a fairly easy trek along a river. We will cross water streams a couple of times. Real beauty of Laddakh will start showing today. Mankarmo has a big Parachute café. We will pitch camps & settle in after a short acclimatization walk. Camping in Mankarmo is a lovely experience.
Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.)
After a few hours trek from Mankorma we reach the base camp. It’s a grassy patch of land with number of water bodies in the form of lakes & streams. Utilize the day to walk upto the upper area to enjoy the surrounding views. In sight are some beautiful peaks like Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri and many others. You would get sufficient time to get acclimatized to this altitude. This is very important as in the coming days, you would find a drastic increase in the altitude and experience thin air and lack of oxygen. Keep yourself warm with proper clothing as temperature can be very low here.
Acclimatization & Practice day
It is essentially a day to prepare you for the summit day. You will understand the possibilities and challenges involved. You will be briefed about the technical equipment. A basic training would be imparted on the usage of equipment such as Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope etc. Techniques like ascending & descending in snow, Self arrest using an ice axe will be covered in the training session. Today we go to bed early as we will start the summit attempt at mid of night.
Base camp (16300 ft.) to Stok Kangri (20080 ft.) back to base camp.
Wake up call would be at 12:30 AM. Get ready for the summit attempt. Technical gear will be distributed. Start walking at 2:00 AM. The route goes through glaciers and then comes to steep slopes to the summit ridge. This is a long climb. It would take somewhere between 9 to 10 hours. The summit offers 360 degree view of the region. The wide view and open surroundings give you a royal feeling. Towards the north is Karakoram range. The Saser Kangri dominates the sky in the north along with the Karakoram, and the Zanskar ranges in the south. Descend to the base camp. Overnight stay in Camps.
Base camp to Leh
With a 6000M peak up your sleeves todays trek will be a joyous experience. We start early for Stok Village. Return trek can be a little difficult & be extra careful on downhill slopes. From stok village we start the road drive for Leh. The drive back can be a nostalgic experience as you recount the precious experiences from your days on the expedition. We will reach Leh by evening. Check into the Guest House/Hotel.
Departure From Leh
Trip ends on this morning. You will be required to checkout from Hotel at 10 :00 AM. On this day you can take a direct flight to Delhi from Leh. Alternatively, if you plan to tour the other spots in Ladakh, keep a couple of spare days in your Itinerary.