Day 01: Delhi - Leh (3500 m): 1 hr flight
In the morning, fly from Delhi to Leh. On arrival at Ladakh, meet our representative. Check-in to the pre-booked hotel. Take rest and be acclimatized. Visit the local market of Leh in the evening. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 02: Leh
This day will be to get more accustomed to the weather conditions in Ladakh. We shall go for a short day hike to practice ascending techniques. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 03: Leh - Zingchan (3900 m): 5/6hrs
Today, we will drive to Spituk, which is the nearest road access to Stok Kangri. We shall begin our trek with an easy preliminary walk for around four hours until we arrive at Zingchan. Camp overnight at Zingchan.
Day 04: Zingchan - Stok La (4400 m): 6/7 hrs.
Post breakfast, we shall be trekking to the base of Stok La from Zingchan. Stok La is positioned below. The nights are cold and days are comparatively warm here. Arrive at Stok La, relaxing sleep at the camp.
Day 05: Stok La - Mankorma (4900 m): 5/6 hrs
Our trek will be towards Mankorma, where we will camp. Get the amazing panorama of Stok Kangri and the trail to the peak from the base camp.
Day 06: Mankorma - Base Camp (5000 m): 4/5 hrs
Early in the morning, we will head out for the base camp. We will reach early to camp and will utilize time in taking rest. After relaxing for few hours, we will take a small ascent from base camp. We will ascend a further 100 meters and then descend down again to get enough time in night for preparation of tomorrow's peak attempt. Overnight stay in the base camp.
Day 07: Base Camp - Stok Kangri (6150 m) - Base Camp (5000 m): 10 hrs
Today, we shall start early to utilize the best weather conditions. We will ascend to a ridge first. This ridge leads to a large glacier that we will cross in order reach the peak. The last steps towards the peak are most difficult and require sound physical and mental potency.
Day 08: Reserve Day for Summit
It is a spare day to explore nature's beauty at the peak.
Day 09: Base Camp - Stok village - Leh (3500 m): 8 hrs
Today, we will descend down to the Stok Village from the base camp. We shall cross ruins of old forts. It takes around six hours to reach Stok Village where the vehicles will be waiting for us. We will drive for two hours back to Leh. Check-in to the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 10: Leh – Delhi
Transfer to the airport and catch flight to Delhi from Lah
Trip Ends With Sweet Memories !!!
Area : Ladakh Himalaya
Duration : 10 Days (3 Days travel/7 Days trek)
Best Season : Mid June - Mid October
Altitude : 6125 mts.
Total Trekking : 80 K.M
About Stok Kangri
Crossing several obstacles, climbing on the steep slopes, withstanding sunny mornings to blizzard and walking past meandering tracks towards the 6153 meters is what it takes to do the Stok Kangri Trek. That's the challenge trekkers have to accept to reach the paradise within 5-6 challenging days. Being one of the most difficult treks in India, the Stok Kangri Trek is meant for those amateur and experienced trekkers that have one or two trekking experiences above 5000 meters.
Ladakh brings forth many trekking tours but the Stok Kangri Trek is simply a walk to heaven. If one is lucky enough, he has the opportunity to catch the glimpse of the towering peak of K2 and the view of several crystal crests and large moraines winding down the barren valleys. During the trek get the chance of 360 degree view of the Saser Kangri, which dominates the northern sky on the Karakoram Range and the Zanskar Range on the south.
The Stok Kangri Trek is one of the strenuous treks in the Ladakh region that requires serious acclimatization before hitting the tracks to Rumbak village. Even after crossing several mountain passes like Stok La at 4900 meters, the trail requires acclimatization at the Stok Kangri Base camp after camping and crossing Mankorma. The journey en route and thereafter passes through some narrow tracks and dangerous moraines; one might encounter snowstorms, which may slow down or hold back trekking to Stok Kangri. The Stok Kangri Trek creates a wholesome experience for the trekker. This dream expedition offers camping, facilities for home stay at a remote village, scenic beauty and pleasant stories.
Stok Kangri Trekking Tour Highlights
• Visit some of the important monasteries of Ladakh
• Get a good look at some of the stunning landscape and hulking high peaks of Zanskar and Karakoram Range
• Cross through the gorgeous Markha Valley
• Homestay at some scenic remote village and an opportunity to imbibe the lifestyle of the locals.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Stok Kangri Trek is between May and mid-October. During this time, the weather in Ladakh is pleasant and the average temperature ranges between 20 and 30°C in the daytime. July and August are the ideal months for Sham Valley trek as during these months Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways also opens for private vehicles.
Where is the Stok Kangri?
The magnificent Stok Kangri (6153m) is situated in the south of Leh. Declared an open trekking peak by Indian mountaineering foundations, Stok Kangri can be done by anyone who is physically fit. From the summit stunning views of Karakoram Range, Ladakh Range and Zanskar range can be witnessed. During clear sky K2 can also be seen at far distance.
How to Reach?
By Air: Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the main airport in Leh City. It has a number of flights that connect Leh with Delhi as well as with few major cities of India.
By Road: Leh is connected to the rest of India by two highways: NH 1D (Srinagar-Leh Highway) and Manali-Leh Highway. The Srinagar-Leh Highway passes through Kargil and Zoji-La (3505m), whereas Leh-Manali Highway passes through famed Rohtang Pass and Tanglang La (5325m). It also passes through the upland desert plateau of Rupshu whose altitude ranges from 3,660 m to 4,570 m.