Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the Stok range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region. The peak is located in Hemis National Park, at 6153 metres (20187 ft) above sea level. The peak is located in Hemis National Park, 12 km south-west of the trail-head in the village of Stok and around 15 km southwest of the city of Leh. Despite its high altitude, Stok Kangri is a popular trekking peak in Ladakh. This is the world's highest treckable peak. This is a really good tracking peak in summer but in winter it becomes difficult to climb. This trek embraces deserted surroundings and offer its trekkers the opportunity to experience complete peace of mind.
Travel to Leh - Ladakh will always be a cherished experience. The monasteries leave you speechless. But it is advised that one should take complete rest for the first 48 hours after reaching the city as its located at high altitudes and the levels of oxygen is low hence your body needs time to adjust to the environment. Besides monasteries, it's famous for the Magnet Mountain that is one of the popular tourist attractions. The mountain has magnet elements due to which your car will start moving on its own even if it is out of gas. Pangong Lake is also a famous lake to be visited at the outskirts which is half in India and has its other Half in China. The lake changes its colour at every hour of the day. To watch the clear water of the Indus River is simply an experience in itself. If you visit Leh don't forget to shop at the Tibetan market and also don't miss an opportunity to see the palace.
- Duration: 8 Days (Leh to Leh)
- Highest Altitudes: 6150 m
- Difficulty Level: Challenging
- Best Season: Jully, Aug, Sept, Oct
- Terrain: Meadows, Rocky, Snow Fields, Glacier
- Starts At: Leh & Ends At: Leh
- Region: Ladakh – India
- Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
- Nearest Railway Station: Katra, Jammu Tawi
Day - 1 Arrive at Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (11550ft)
Today it is very crucial that we take enough rest and acclimatize to the weather properly. You need to submit us copy of ID's and 2 photos and for foreigners a copy of passport and visa. At Leh, only postpaid SIM's works well. In the evening we have Introduction and Briefing about the whole trip also you can get to know each other well after a round of introduction. Overnight stay at Guest House.
Day 2: Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day (11550 ft to 11880 ft)
Today we discover the highlights of Leh city. We adapt the program to your interests and desires and what you have seen before. There are sightseeing options like monasteries: Hemis, Shey Palace, Thiksey, Sangam, Shanti stupa etc. Also, you can check your gears before going on the mountains. If you miss any trekking related equipment then you can buy them at the Leh market because tonight you have to pack your rucksack as per your requirements.
Day 3: Leh to Chang Ma via Stok Village (13080Ft)
After having breakfast, we will all go in a taxi/Jeep to Stok village which is just 20km away from the main Leh city. We start our trek to Chang Ma, an easy walk today. The first part of the trail is a winding smooth path which offers fantastic views of Leh valley. The total distance you will be walking today is approx. 6km. On the way you will be crossing many water streams also you can fill up your water bottles in them. After 5/6 to hours of moderate level hiking, we reach our camp to Chang Ma which is situated at 13080ft. Overnight Stay in tents.
Meals: All meals
Day 4: Chang Ma (13080) to Manokarma (14200)
After breakfast, we move towards our next camp Manokarma. Almost 4/5km of a walk which can be covered in 3 to 4 hrs. The entire trail has incorporated many ridges so you can notice the sudden change in scenery. Then we face a continuous zigzag ascent of 1 hour through the glacial moraine. Overnight stay in tents.
Meals: All Meals
Day 5: Manokarma To Stok Kangri Base Camp (14520 ft to 16665 ft)
Today we make a slightly tough hike to Stok base camp(16660ft), situated at 4-5 hours walking from Manokarma camp. We climb up along the many water streams till half of the way. We get our first glimpse of Gholap Kangri peak and Parcha Kangri peak and many others on the way to our basecamp. Once we reach the basecamp hot lunch will be waiting for you. Overnight stay in tents.
Meals: All Meals
Day 6: Acclimatization (Buffer Day) & Training Day (16665 feet)
The day will start after having breakfast. We will issue technical equipment to everyone and there will be individual checking of equipments. Our trek leader will give you training on how to use the technical equipment. Also, there will be important planning and briefing about the summit day. We sleep early after dinner. Before going to sleep you have to make sure that all your equipment is ready for the next day.
Meals: All Meals
Day – 7 Stok kangri Base camp to Stok Kangri Summit and Back to Base Camp (16665 ft to 20300 ft)
Summit Day! We will start at night. Today is the long climb so you have to be fit physically as well as mentally. The ascent to Stok Kangri becomes steeper and rougher as we cross several moraines. From basecamp to first rest point is steep and it will take around 40 to 50 mins. Before the summit, you have to cross one glacier which has crevasses. It's really such an amazing experience. From there you have to trek for almost 5-6 hours to reach the summit. The route will take you through multiple glaciers and steep slopes until you reach the top. After reaching the top you will realize that all the pain was worth taking, to be where you are!!! At the top you will see a 360-degree view of some of the highest peaks including Apsarasas Kangri, Chamshen Kangri, Lungsher Kangri, Saser Kangri, Mamostong Kangri etc. The descent is equally long and tiring. Come back to the base camp retire for the day. Overnight stay in tents.
Meals: All Meals
Day – 8 Stock Base Camp to Leah Via – Manokarmo, Stok Village
Today after breakfast we trek down to Stok village. Cab will be waiting for us at Stok village. Start back to Leh by cab, check in to the hotel and retire for a day. (Next day morning checkout from hotel)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
What is included in the tour
- Activity: Trekking, Camping, sightseeing etc
- Tented Accommodation
- All meals while on trek (Veg)
- Permits (Foreign national need to pay extra on spot)
- Basic First aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced Trek Leader (2), support staff, Helpers
- Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tent and Sleeping bags and Carry mats.
- Local route guide
What is NOT included in the tour
- Meals during transit
- Mineral Water or soft drinks
- Transportation of any kind (but can be shared between trekkers)
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage during the trek.
- Cost Escalation due to natural reason.
- Unscheduled stay due to landslide.
- Ruck Sack : Compulsory to carry strong and steady rucksack, Between 55 to 60 Litre
- Ruck sack cover : Protect your things from quick rain or snowfall
- Day Pack : Optional, carry only if you are planning to offload your bigger bag. If you are offloading your bigger backpack then you have to carry your personal valuable things, water bottles, pack lunch, raincoat/poncho etc.
- Trekking Shoes: Good quality rubber soul shoes with ankle support is advisable. Please make sure that shoes are well use before trek. Note: Sports shoes are not recommended but you can carry as additional back up shoes.
- T-shirts: As per your need, carry at least one quick dry type, avoid too bright/dark colours T-shirts. Cotton T-shirts avoid especially while walking. Full sleeves T-shirts are recommended.
- Track Pants: As per your need, one synthetic quick dry type track pant is highly recommended.
- Warm Jacket: Highly recommended, one thick fleece jacket/ Down feather jacket is must to carry. You can use this when you cool down at camp.
- Windproof Jacket/ Windcheater: We advised to carry, it is resisting wind chill/snowfall and quick burst of light rain.
- Thermal Wear: You can use this once you reach at campsite. Thermal keep your body warm especially during harsh winter temperatures.
- Towel: One medium size light weight towel quick dry type
- Raincoat/ Poncho: Raincoat/ ponchos is a water-resistance to protect the body from rain.
- Woollen Cap / Balaclava: Mandatory to carry woollen cap or balaclava to protect from cold.
- Sun cap / Hat: To protect you from direct sunlight
- Undergarments: As per your need.
- Socks: Hiking socks has ability wick moisture and keep feet dry. Full length socks are advisable.
- Hand Gloves: Compulsory to carry, few gloves are constructed of water resistant or waterproof material that keep your fingers dry.
- Walking stick / Trekking pole: Trekking pole provide useful literal stability on rough terrain and give balance while descending also reduce pressure on knee.
- Water Bottle/ Hydration pack: Compulsory to carry, please do not carry packaged drinking water bottles.
- Sunglasses: Compulsory to carry. It is protecting from snow blindness. Person who use spectacle need to carry custom make powered sunglasses.
- Head Torch / Torch: It is mandatory to carry with extra batteries. Head torch is advisable to keep your hands free while walking.
- Sunscreen Lotion: Optional, advisable to carry sunscreen lotion (SPF 50+ and more)
- Chapstick/ Cold cream: Optional, As per your need
- Toilet Kit Must to carry, Personal toilet kit (toilet paper)
- Sandals / Slippers: Optional, to walk around camp
- Small Lunch Box & Tea mug: Compulsory, sometimes we give pack lunch so you can carry pack lunch items in it (one small leak proof lunch box is the best one), also carry one tea mug/glass
- Dry Fruits / Energy Bars: We provide healthy adequate food on trip. Some do feel very less energetic compare to others, so you carry energy bars, dry fruits etc.
- Repairs Kit: Must, one small repair kit which includes safety pins, needle, thread and string
- Personal Medical Kit: Must to carry small basic first aid. If you are taking any specific medicine from your doctor please inform us in advance. There will be a basic first kit will be available throughout the trek. Our Instructor has done a first aid course.
- Camera: Optional, to capture your lifetime memories.