Stok Kangri trek is the best trek in Ladakh which takes you above 6000mts or over 20000 ft.
Stok Kangri trek is the best trek in Ladakh which takes you above 6000mts or just below 20000 ft. Stok Kangri is the highest peak in Stok range clearly visible from Leh and surrounding areas. The best part of Stok Kangri trek is that you can reach to its basecamp in just 2-3 days of trekking while in any other part of Himalayas it takes around at least 4-5 days of trekking to reach to the base camp of such high altitude peak. Stok Kangri Trek gives you an opportunity to reach this altitude without the technical expertise in mountaineering. Many mountains in Ladakh exceed an altitude of 6000 meters. Stok Kangri Trek gained considerable popularity along side its sister peak Golep Kangri. Stok Kangri is been declared as a trekking peak by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) which means less paper work.
Trek Duration : 9 Days 8 Nights
Destinations Covered during Stok Kangri Trek: Leh, Choglamsar, Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace, Stok Village
Cost per Person: Rs 16700 per person + 4.50% Service Tax (Ex Leh)
Early Booking Cost per Person: Rs 15950 per person + 4.50% Service Tax (Ex Leh)
What’s Included :
Accommodation during Trek (Camping & Guest house in Leh)
Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
Transport as per Itinerary
What’s Not Included :
IMF Fee of USD 50 for Foreign Nationals
Mineral Water & other Beverages
Tips & Gratuity
Cost incurred due to natural reasons
Any Kind Of Expenses For Loss / Misplaced / Theft On Personal Belongings
Cost Incidental To Any Change In The Itinerary- Stay On Account Of Train Cancellation / Ill Health / Road Blocks And / Or Any Factors Beyond Control.
DEPARTURES (All departures for The Stok Kangri Trek are ex Leh)
1st July 2017- 9th July 2017
8th July 2017 – 16th July 2017
15th July 2017 – 23rd July 2017
22nd July 2017 – 30th July 2017
29th July 2017 – 6th August 2017
5th August 2017 – 13th August 2017
12th August 2017 – 20th August 2017
19th August 2017 – 27th August 2017
26th August 2017 – 3rd September 2017
2nd September 2017 – 10th September 2017
16th September 2017 – 24th September 2017
23rd September 2017 – 1st October 2017
30th September 2017 – 8th October 2017
Stok Kangri Trek Itinerary Detail
Leh (Stok Kangri Trek) DAY 1
Arrival at Leh
Arrive at Leh and check into the guest house and take complete rest for acclimatization.
Leh (Stok Kangri Trek) DAY 2
ACCLIMITIZATION DAY IN LEH
Leh is situated at an average high altitude of 3400mts, land at the only high altitude beautiful airport in Leh and check into Ladakhi family guest house and 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.
STOK VILLAGE (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 3
DRIVE FROM LEH TO STOK VILLAGE AND TREK TO MANOKARMA
Visit Leh Market and have breakfast at one of the famous restaurant of Leh and then we will start our drive to Stok Village 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 on Manali Leh Highway and then take a right turn from Choglamsar towards Stok Village. Meet our trekking teak at Stok Village and start the trek to Manokarma. This first trekking day will show you the real beauty of barren landscape of Leh Ladakh and why Ladakh known as cold desert. It is a fairly easy trek crossing the Stok village and their hydro powered Buddhist prayer wheel.
STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 4
TREK FROM MANOKARMA TO STOK KANGRI TREK BASECAMP
After breakfast we will start the next leg of Stok Kangri trek the trek to base camp. Stok Kangri trek base camp is a nice place but because of the popularity of Stok Kangri trek it’s always full house at Stok Kangri Trek basecamp.
STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 5
Today is fairly relaxed day for all trekkers. 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.
STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 6
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.
STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 7
REST DAY (SECOND SUMMIT DAY)
After the successful summit of Stok Kangri you would be tired and need rest, today is complete rest for summiteers and those who couldn’t summit today they can go for second attempt. The beautiful location of the base camp, warm soup and playing cards would take away the pain.
STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 8
STOK KANGRI BASECAMP TO LEH
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 basecamp 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.
LEH (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 9
Keep a Buffer day while booking your return your flight back to Delhi or alternatively plan a visit to beautiful monasteries in Leh and surrounding areas.
Essentials Things to Get for Stok Kangri Trek
· Backpack (Min 60 Ltrs) with Rain Cover · Trekking Shoes (Forclaz 100,500 recommended) · 3 Pairs of Full sleeve shirts/T-Shirt and Track Pants (1 should be waterproof/windproof) · 3 Pair of cotton socks. 3 pairs of woollen socks · 2 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket (preferable) · One Heavy Jacket (Down Feather preferable) · Thermal Inners 1 Pair · 1 pair water proof hand gloves · 1 Pair woollen Gloves. · Sun Cap · One Scarf · Light towel · Lip Balm · Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+) · Water Bottle 1 Lt · Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries · Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper · Personal Medicine Kit · Dark Sunglasses (U/V protected) · Walking Stick (At least one) People who were spectacles- Should avoid contact lenses and use use photo chromatic glasses instead
Stok Kangri Peak in Leh Ladakh is most famous trekking peak and this trek offers multitude of adventures along the trekking route to Base camp and towering Stok Kangri height at 6153 meters high from mean sea level. Trek starts from Stok village where centuries old Stok Palace still stands strong. Leh Ladakh Tour is a must for any adventure enthusiast. Stok Kangri Trek is an ideal challenging trek for both experienced as well first time trekkers to Himalayas but they need to prepare well because the climb is a challenging trek because of its altitude.
The Stok Kangri Trekking experience entails ice climbing, crampon, glacier trekking, Ice climbing and traversing the thin trekking trail to summit over the sharp ridge. Combine your Stok Expedition with a short tour to Zanskar Valley, Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley.
Everything is Mind
When I was doing my Basic Mountaineering Course in HMI Darjeeling we had one instructor by the name Mr. Bhutia. He was an extremely talented mountaineer and a very good teacher. During our training he used to keep repeating the phrase ” Everything is mind”. Which meant that we could do anything if we could conquer our minds. This is probably as true for life as it is for mountaineering and high altitude trekking.
This pic which I came across reminds of that phrase.
During my first Expedition in Leh Ladakh those words inspired me a lot. Mind over matter in now a truism I try to live by. Every year many trekkers from world come for this expedition from June to October few only reach up to the summit. Trekking or Mountaineering is more of mental game rather then physical. Below picture is an example when I reached on the summit of stok for the first time in 2011 there was fellow trekker (In Red Jacket) who was on the summit and he was an amputee and he reached the summit of Stok on his own with his guide.
The arc-shaped Indian Himalayas extend along the entire northern boundary of India from the state of Jammu & Kashmir in west to Arunachal Pradesh in the east. The term “Himalaya” from Sanskrit meaning the “The Abode of Snow”. For centuries Indians have been fascinated by these mountains for pilgrimage in early days now for trekking and other adventure sports.
The Indian Himalayas cover a vast area along the northern frontiers of the country and span five Indian States — Jammu and Kashmir , Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh — from west to east. The true divisions of the Indian Himalayas are based on the mountain ranges rather than the state boundaries. From west to east, the Indian Himalayas can be divided into
Kashmir (Jammu & Kashmir)
Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir)
Zanskar (Jammu & Kashmir)
Lahaul and Spiti (HP)
Arunachal (Arunachal Pradesh)
My Top Peaks in the Himalayas of India
Khangchendzonga / Kanchenjunga
Kanchenjunga gets its name from the the Bhutia and Tibetan languages which means “The Five Treasures of Snows” as it contains five peaks. Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the Himalayas and the world and the highest in India. Kanchenjunga stands tall with an elevation of 8,586 meters (28,169 ft).
Nanda Devi (25663 ft, 7824 m)
Nanda devi is the second highest mountain peak in the Himalayas in India. This is the highest peak (entirely) in the country, as Kanchenjunga lies on the border areas of India and Nepal. It was the highest known mountain in the world until 1808 when western surveyors discovered Dhaulagiri. The mountain stands tall at an elevation of 7824 meters (25663 ft). The Nanda devi peak is the part of Garhwal Himalayas and lies in the state of Uttrakhand.
Climbing is not allowed on Nanda Devi as it is declared as holy peak. During my discussion with Mr. Kushang Sherpa (Climbed Everest from all side including Kangshung face and other 8 thousanders) he said that Nanda Devi is the toughest to climb. A fabulous trek that takes you into the Nanda Devi Sanctuary is the Kuari Pass Trek.
Kamet (25446 ft, 7756 m)
Kamet is the second highest mountain peak in the Himalayas of Garhwal. It lies in the Chamboli District of Uttrakhand. It is the third highest peak in India (according to India however, the rank is much lower as it includes in its list of mountains all those in Pakistan occupied Kashmir).
Saser Kangri (25172 ft, 7672 m)
Saser Kangri (or Sasir Kangri) is the highest peak in the Saser Muztagh, the easternmost sub-range of the Karakoram range in India. This massif lies toward the northwestern end of the Saser Muztagh, at the head of the North Shukpa Kunchang Glacier, a major glacier which drains the eastern slopes of the group.
Mana (23860 ft, 7273 m)
Northeast of Badrinath is another impressive cluster of mountain peaks in the Himalayas. The mountains rise almost on the Indo-Tibetan border with Mana and Kamet as the principal peaks. Mana itself marks the eastern extremity of the Zanskar range. It lies between the pass of the same name and the Niti Pass.