Stok Kangri Trek
One of the most popular treks in Ladakh, the proximity to Leh brings a lot of people in the Markha valley. It offers beautiful landscape and there are good chances to spot some high altitude wildlife. We traverse from the Markha valley to the Stok valley over 4 successive passes and by the time we reah the Stok Kangri base camp we would all be quite tired. We have almost 48hrs at the base camp to rest and recuperate before we set off for the climb. Stok Kangri (6153m) is not a difficult peak to climb, classified as a trekking it is probably one of the easiest 6000m mountain in the Himalayas.
Arrival at Leh (11,480 ft)
Arrive at Leh and check into the guest house and take complete rest for acclimatization.
Acclimatization day in Leh (11,480 ft)
Leh is situated at an altitude of 11,480 ft. The entire day is for you to relax and acclimatize to the high altitude of Leh. In the evening go for a stroll in the Leh market and enjoy the cultural and natural beauty of Leh city’s barren landscape. Make most of your acclimatization day by visiting Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Leh Monastery. Overnight stay at Leh.
Drive from Leh to Stok Village (11,750 ft, 1 Hrs) and Trek to Chang Ma (13,080 ft, 4 Hrs)
Visit Leh Market and have breakfast at one of the famous restaurant of Leh and then we will start our drive to Stok Village (11,750 ft), the starting point of Stok Kangri Trek. The drive from Leh to Stok Village is a short one but a scenic one. We drive towards Manali Leh Highway and then take a right turn from Choglamsar towards Stok Village. Meet our trekking team at Stok Village. After the briefing session, start the trek to Chang Ma (13,080 ft). It is a fairly easy trek crossing the Stok village and the hydro powered Buddhist prayer wheel.
Trek from Chang Ma (13,080 ft) to Manokarma (14,200 ft, 3-4 Hrs)
Ladakh’s barren landscape is out of the world and it is called as the cold desert. During today’s trek you will be crossing various water streams and if lucky you can also see blue sheep “Bharal” which come down to drink water from these streams. This part of the trekking to Stok Kangri base camp helps you the acclimatize to the high altitude.
Trek from Manokarma (14,200 ft) to Stok Kangri Base Camp (16,300 ft, 3-4 Hrs)
After breakfast we will start the next level of Stok Kangri trek, the trek to base camp. Trek to Stok Kangri base camp is a nice place but because of the popularity of Stok Kangri trek, it’s always full house. Stok Kangri Base camp is surrounded by numerous peaks few of them are Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri etc.
Training Day at Base Camp
Today is fairly relaxed day. After breakfast we will go for training to nearby glacier and we will learn how to use crampons. Climbing mountains involves lot of uncertainties. Our Trek Leader will let you know about the different situations which might occur and how to deal with them. This is also the day of relaxation, So that you gain all your strength for next days summit push.
Trek from Base Camp (16,300 ft) to Stok Kangri Summit (20,080 ft) and back to Base Camp (16,300 ft, 12-15 Hrs up and down)
Today is the D day of Stok Kangri Trek , we will start early in the morning in two batches, the early movers and the Pushers at 12 AM and 1 AM respectively. The Stok Kangri trek route passes the advance basecamp, moraine, and glaciers and then comes the steep slope of the summit ridge full of snow. At the start of this slope wear your crampons and start the long climb. When you will be climbing this you will feel that nobody is moving from their place for hours. This climb is the test of your physical as well as mental strength. For an average trekker it takes around 9 hours to reach the Stok Kangri Summit and if you are a slow trekker then add another 3 hours. The Stok Kangri Summit gives you spectacular views the Himalayas to Karakoram. There will be a turnaround point which you have to cross with in stipulated time to proceed further which will be communicated to you during briefing session.
Trek from Stok Kangri Base Camp (16,300 ft) to Stok Village (11,750 ft, 5 Hrs) and Drive to Leh (11,480 ft) (1 Hrs). Overnight in Leh Guest House
The Stok Kangri trek includes high altitude trekking and mountaineering is ultimate experience would finally come to an end today at Stok Village. We will be starting early from base camp and trekking downhill all the way till Stok Village where our vehicles will be waiting for us you to transfer to guest house in Leh
Departure from Leh
Fly back from Leh for onward journey.
What we'll give. What we won't
What is included in the tour:
• Road transportation from Leh to Leh by car.
• Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking.
• All meals (day 1 lunch to day 18 lunch)
• All camping gear including tents and sleeping mattress. Kitchen, dining and toilet tent
• Permits and entrance fees.
• Good English speaking guide, cooks and porters, mules.
What is NOT included in the tour:
• Accommodation and Meals in Leh.
• Personal Insurance.
• All alcoholic beverages and personal expenses.
• Good down sleeping bags can be provided at an additional cost of Rs.200 per day.
What makes this tour special
• Two high passes above 5000m
• Markha Valley
• Heightest Camping Nimaling at 4700m
• Interaction with locals an insight into their lifestyle
• Highest point 5200m
What makes this tour special
• 50% advance payment confirms your booking.
• We will transport all your belongings for you so that you only have to carry your daypack with camera, water bottle, and jacket.
• We serve three meals a day including snacks and drinks. We provide a variety of tasty healthy food including Indian, Chinese and Western meals with lots of vegetables and fruit.