- Duration 9 Days
- Altitute 4900m
- Stay Rooms/Tents
- Difficulty Expedition
Stok Kangri Trek
9 DAYS - For Safe Climbing & Better Acclimatization
Whenever people think of trekking or outdoors adventure in India, the location that pops up in the mind are the Himalayas. The Himalaya has mesmerised mountaineers and outdoor adventure enthusiasts for centuries. One popular trek in the Himalayas is the Stok Kangri trek. Stok Kangri is the highest peak in the Stok Range of the Himalayas located in the Ladakh region of North-west India.
At 6153 metres (20,080 ft), Stok Kangri is assuredly the best peak for novice mountaineers and non-mountaineering trekkers to ascent a 6000 metre mountain definitely a feather in anyones cap. In the last few years trek to Stok kangri has gained phenomenal popularity as most trekkers who want to ascent 6000 metres but do not want to do technical climbs have turned their attention to this beautiful mountain. This trip is about making a 6000 metre ascent. People from round the world flock to ascent this peak. We have planned the Stok Kangri Trek with just this and your safety in mind - everything else is secondary. It is 24 kms from the Leh region.
Do be mindful, even though the trek is an inviting one, it is by no means a relaxed trek. You need to be considerably fit for this, which you can achieve with a fair bit of training before the trek. Once you have signed up our team of experts can let you know how you can train for this. This trek is measured as a difficult one because of the height of the destination, which is nearly 70% of the Mt. Everest.
The best months to go for the Stok Kangri trek are July to September. The area is regularly dry in these months with a few bursts of rains in July and August. The nearest town to Stok Kangri is Leh. Leh can also be reached from Delhi by air or from Manali and Srinagar by road.
There is a distinctive flavour to this trek The trail has sections that take you through isolated villages giving you a wonderful experience of giving you a peek into the unique lifestyle of the people in the region. You also get ample occasions to interact with the locals as well as the shepherds who move around on the endless meadows along the trail.
From the Stok Kangri, there are wide open views of the Karakoram and Ladakh range on the north, the Zanskar range on the west and a bird's eye view of the Indus valley and the Leh city. From the summit we come back to the base camp and the next day we walk down to Stok village and from there drive back to Leh where we rejoice the efficacious completion of this adventurous trek.
The climb though non technical is still challenging and requires people to be properly acclimatised and in good physical shape. The biggest challenge on this climb is for one to get used to the rarefied air at high altitudes and for this reason we have the first 3 days planned with the sole purpose of helping group members get acclimatised well. During this duration we will drive up to Khardungla the second highest motorable pass in the world at 5600 m and spend time at this altitude for our bodies to get used to thin air.
Also the itinerary for trek to Stok kangri is designed such that we take the shortest route to the summit this is done keeping in mind the combined effects of exhaustion and high altitude. We have deliberately not kept extra trekking days in the itinerary as we feel one has the best chance to summit if one is physically not very tired and has acclimatised well.
We start our climb from the beautiful Stok village a short driving distance from Leh and move up to the base camp from here. This is a short 5-6 hours stage. From the base camp to the top it is going to be a long hike (6-8 hours) and about 4 hours for the return hike. The climb involves crossing a glacier (not very difficult), climbing up long stretches (exhausting!!) and negotiating a long and steep ridge leading to the summit (can be tricky!). Depending on the month snow conditions will vary. Early on (May-June) there is going to be lots of snow which starts melting by July starting.
You are sure to feel a tremendous sense of achievement on reaching the top of a 6153 m peak in the Himalayas. One is going to be further rewarded with scintillating views all around. There are wide open views of the Karakoram and Ladakh range on the north, the Zanskar range on the west and a bird's eye view of the Indus valley and the Leh city. From the summit we return to the base camp and the next day walk down to Stok village and from there drive back to Leh where we celebrate the successful completion of this adventurous trek.
The Stok Kangri takes you in the lands of mountain climbing. At such a high altitude (6,153 m, that is, 20,182 feet), the weather is a challenging one, so the physical fitness of trekkers is of utmost importance for the successful Stok kangri Trek. Another issue is the acute Mountain Sickness caused by the swelling of the brain tissue due to the lack of oxygen. Please remember on this trail one is not required to have any knowledge of climbing/mountaineering skills but one should have experience of trekking at altitudes upwards of 4000 4500m.
For Stok Kangri trek cost- GIO Adventures offers the most discounted prices while maintaining the quality standards high. We assists you with professionally qualified expert guides. Our guides will run a small course on climbing techniques to get you to know more about the sport and get comfortable with.
Day 1 - 2 : Arrival, Acclimatisation & Exploration In And Around Leh (3500m)
Day 3 : Leh Matho And Trek To Gangpochey (4300m) (Drive / 45 Mins) (Trek / 5 - 6 Hrs)
Day 4 : Gongpochey - Mankarmo (4400m) (Trek / 4 - 5 Hrs)
Day 5 : Mankarmo - Stok Base Camp (4900m) (Trek / 3 - 4 Hrs)
Day 6 : Base Camp Acclimatization And Height Gain
Day 7 : Base Camp - Stok Kangri (6153m) - Base Camp
Day 8 : Stok Base Camp (4900m) - Stok Village (3650m) (Hike / 4 Hrs) - Leh (Drive / 30 Mins)
Day 9 : Leh Departure
First 2 days are planned with the sole intention of getting everyone acclimatised well. First day we will almost do nothing but sit in the hotel and sip on tea/coffee this is done to ensure that we acclimatise well as this is the most important component of this adventure trip. On Day 2 one can choose to do their own thing. Today one can go on a sightseeing trip or check out the local market or just relax at the hotel. If required we can make arrangement for the sightseeing trips. Please get in touch with the trek leader for the same. We will be staying in a good quality, neat and clean hotel with all basic amenities in Leh on the first 2 nights.
Having acclimatised well for 2 days we set out towards Stok Kangri. After a short drive from Leh we reach Matho, starting point of the trek. Today’s hike to Gangpochey is a gradual uphill hike with 2-3 river crossings as well. If lady luck is taking the trip with you then you might spot a Blue sheep or a Snow leopard. It will take us 5 to 6 hrs to reach Gangpochey. Overnight in tents
This is another beautiful day of trekking where we cross over Mathola pass (4900 m) to reach Mankarmo. This day involves gradual uphill walk and will take around 4-5 hours. This is a good day for acclimatising too as one experiences an environment close to 5000m. Overnight in the tents
From Mankarmo there is a steep ascent to reach the base camp for Stok kangri. This is an easy hike and will give you enough time to relax at the camp and get ready for the summit day. On arrival we will set campsite for overnight stay. Overnight in the tents.
On this day we will climb the ridge on top of the base camp. This is a short and steep climb and will help us tremendously in getting acclimatised. For most part of the day we relax at the campsite. We will have an early dinner and go to bed as we need to wake up at around midnight for our climb
We will start very early (around 1 a.m) from the base camp with our head lamps showing us the route for a couple of hours till the sun breaks out. From the base camp there is a steep climb to the ridge just above the camp and this will set the tone for the climb to come. From the first ridge we move to a big glacier which we negotiate carefully and from here we find our way up to the final ridge which will lead us to the summit. The final stretch is quite steep and the thin air makes it even more challenging. Early on in the season (May – June) there is lots of snow on this stretch while in July and August there is comparatively lesser snow making the climb easier. This is a very interesting though tiring stretch as we move through a typical high altitude terrain which has boulders, scree laden ridges, glaciers and high snow capped mountains all around. The summit rewards us with wide open views of the Karakoram and Ladakh range on the north, the Zanskar range on the west and a bird's eye view of the Indus valley and the Leh city. Enjoy the feeling of having achieved a difficult task of climbing a 6000m+ peak and take a few pictures before climbing down to the base camp. The climb to the top will take anywhere between 6 to 8 hrs while the return trip will take us around 4 hours. Overnight in tents
Today we trek back to the Stok village from the base camp. From here we drive for an hour to Leh and check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel
Trip ends after breakfast
Accommodation on sharing basis as per the package taken
- Day 1 : Overnight in Hotel ( Leh)
- Day 2 : Overnight in Hotel (Leh)
- Day 3 : Overnight in Tents (Gangpochey)
- Day 4 : Overnight in Tents (Mankarmo)
- Day 5 : Overnight in Tents (Stok Base Camp)
- Day 6 : Overnight in Tents (Base Camp)
- Day 7 : Overnight in Tents (Base Camp)
- Day 8 : Overnight in Hotel (Leh)
Good Quality of Camping Arrangements. The following equipment is provided on the trek:
- Good quality of alpine tents
- Fresh and clean Sleeping bags of very good quality
- Comfortable camping mattresses
- Mess Tent
- There will be 2 toilet tents [separate for gents and ladies] having portable toilet seats
- First Aid / Medical kit
- Day 1 : No meals
- Day 2 : No meals
- Day 3 : Lunch, Dinner
- Day 4 : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 5 : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 6 : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 7 : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 8 : Breakfast, Lunch
- Day 9 : No meals
- Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
- Porter / Mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
- Forest entry charges, permits & Camping fee
- Basic first aid for the group
- 1 Big Oxygen Cylinder of 15 liters
- Accommodation in any other location not mention above
- Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
- Any meals/services not mentioned above
- Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
- Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
- GST 5%
Rs. 22,900Departure Dates
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