Stok Kangri Trek
Ladakh, J & K | 8D/7N | 20,180 Ft.
July to October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Ultimate
- Group Size Medium Group
All about the Stok Kangri Trek.
Arguably the most popular and adrenaline rushing trek in Ladakh, the Stok Kangri trek is the big daddy of all high altitude treks in India. Lapped in the beautiful cold desert of Ladakh, Stok Kangri is the highest non-technical (trekkable) peak, hence the excitement! Resting at a mind-numbing altitude of 20,180 ft., the Stok Kangri peak offers a panoramic view of the sweeping Zanskar and Indus Valley! Mighty mountains like Saser Kangri, Golap Kangri, and various other peaks are also visible through the trek.
The terrain of Ladakh combined with the extremely high altitude makes it a tricky maneuver, but the summit view is worth every struggle along the way. The trail is laden with numerous ridges, and with nearly every turn, a stunning new landscape crops up! The path to the summit goes over glacial terrain, steep inclines, and narrow ridges.
Considering the very high altitude that Stok Kangri trekking involves, the importance of proper acclimatization cannot be overstated. Make sure you’re well hydrated through the trek. Take acclimatization walks seriously, and keep yourself sufficiently warm. A six-thousander is not your regular trek, and as such, requires resilience – mental and physical.
That said, the Stok Kangri trek is a journey of a lifetime. Passing through the beautiful hamlets of Ladakh, the trek also exposes you to the nuances of the vibrant Ladakhi culture and way of life. At 20,180 ft., you can hear nothing but the howling mountain wind and the hammering of your heartbeat as you try to drink in the magnificent, once-in-a-lifetime views of the surrounding peaks and the unfolding valleys below. Book your seats at the best Stok Kangri trek cost with Trekmunk! The Stok Kangri expedition cost includes top-notch grade facilities and safety equipments, with a journey that promises to be scorched in your memory for years!
Best Time to Visit
The best time to do the Stok Kangri trek in Ladakh is between May to mid-October, during which time the weather is quite pleasant i.e. not as harsh as the rest of the year. The average temperature ranges from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius during the daytime and can plummet to as low as 6 to 10 degrees Celsius during the night.
How to Reach
You can take a direct flight to Leh from Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar. Take a cab to the base camp from Leh Airport.
You can reach Leh by road either from Srinagar or from Manali, although the Srinagar route is widely preferred over the Manali route.
Jammu Tawi is the nearest railways station to Leh and is well connected to most major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai.
Day 1 Arrive at Leh
The base to the Stok Kangri trek is Leh, which is easily accessible from Delhi by air and by road. Spend the day resting and getting better acclimatized to the high altitude of Leh.
Day 2 Rest & Acclimatise in Leh
Since the trek climbs up to an altitude of 20,180 ft., acclimatization is not something to be taken lightly. Spend this day exploring in and around Leh. Leh is not only a natural wonder but also a cultural one. Explore some of the countless ancient monasteries and temples that Leh is applauded for. You’re free to choose the places you wish to visit. Make the most of this day, and retire to your accommodation for a good night’s sleep.
Altitude: 11480 ft.
Day 3 Drive from Leh to Stok Village; Trek to Chang Ma
The drive to Stok village is a scenic one. If it is your first time trekking in Ladakh, the landscape will come as a pleasant surprise. Lined with verdant trees and lofty peaks, the one hour long drive to Stok is an adventurous one, especially during the summer. Lying roughly on the south of Leh, Stok is distinguished for a beautiful royal palace that it guards. With the panoramic canvas of Rocky Mountains throughout, you begin trekking to Chang Ma from Stok village. The trek might be a tad bit challenging, considering it is the very first day of trekking in the terrain of Ladakh. Over the course of the next few days, as your body begins to better acclimatize to the altitude and the terrain, trekking will seem much more manageable. Chang is also one of the best campsites of the trek. Overnight camping at Chang Ma after a short acclimatization walk.
Altitude at different points: 11,750 ft., to 13,080 ft.
Time Taken: 1-hour drive; 4 hours trek
Trek Distance: 5.5 kms
Day 4 Trek from Chang Ma to Mankorma
The trek to Mankorma is quite easy and snakes through a couple of streams. You get to really admire the barren, cold desert landscape of Ladakh, in the true sense. You trek throughout along a gurgling river, while lofty peaks keep you company. Camp overnight at Mankorma, right in the laps of the mountains of Ladakh. The night view is stellar and millions of stars watch over the campsite – a magical stay.
Altitude: 14,200 ft.
Time Taken: 3.5 hrs.
Trek Distance: 4 kms
Day 5 Trek from Mankorma to Stok Base Camp
The trek from Mankorma to Stok Kangri Base is not very long. Huddled amongst some grassy patches, the campsite is laced with a number of lakes and streams nearby. After having rested for a while, a short acclimatization walk is a must. The upper reaches of Mankorma afford grand views of the beautiful alpine neighbors like Golap Kangri, Parcha Kangri and more. Besides the spectacular views that the walk brings, it also aids you in getting more acclimatized to the altitude, which prepares you for what lies ahead. In the days that follow, these short walks will prepare your body to endure the extreme altitude, freezing weather, and thin air. Temperatures plummet drastically at and beyond Mankorma. Layer up and keep yourself as warm as you can. Make sure you’re well rested and well fed to enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Altitude: 16,300 ft.
Time Taken: 5 hrs.
Trek Distance: 4 kms
Day 6 Training & Acclimatisation day at Base Camp
Gearing up for the summit. Another crucial day of the trek. You will learn some useful techniques and hacks to make sure that your summit climb is a smooth journey. You will be given some basic training about the technical equipments like crampons, ice axes, ropes, etc. You will also be informed about the terrain changes you’d experience during the climb. It is good to have prior knowledge about the kind of terrain and challenges to be conquered the next day. Beyond here, you are likely to find a heavy accumulation of snow, and the training you receive today will ensure your safety. Proper techniques of ascending and descending, along with practices like self-arrest will also be taught to you. Train well, and retire for a good night’s sleep, as you start the summit attempt in the middle of the night.
Day 7 Trek from Base Camp to Stok Kangri summit and back to Base
The most anticipated day of the trek. You start the big summit climb at around 2 AM, equipped with your crampons and ice axes. The trail is quite tricky, and winds through glaciers and some very steep sections that lead to the summit ridge. It is a long and arduous climb, but the circling beauty and the thought of scaling the summit trumps every other emotion. Once you’re at the summit, savour up the jaw-dropping views of the Karakoram range in the North and the Zanskar range in south. The chilling view from the summit remains dominated by the Saser Kangri peak, which looks as if handpainted in the canvas of the sky. All that remains in that moment is a build-up of raw emotions, adrenaline rush and nothing but alpine grandeur all around. Take a few moments to bask in the glory, and let it become scorched in your memory. The descent is also a bit tricky, given the steepness of slopes and glacial trails. Camp overnight at the Base Camp again.
Altitude: 20,180 ft.
Time Taken: 12 – 14 hours
Trek Distance: 14 kms
Day 8 Trek from Stok Kangri Base Camp to Leh
The final day your trek. With the high of having scaled a six-thousander accompanying you, you’ll be in very high spirits during the trek. The descent to Stok village begins early in the morning, and requires you to exercise caution. The beauty of snow-clad mountain ranges hangs in the skyline as you make for Stok village. Take a short halt at Stok if you wish, and then board your vehicles for the drive back to Leh. The elation of victory accompanies you throughout. Ideally, you should reach Leh by the evening, when you will check in to your accommodation again. You can depart from Leh the next morning.
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
- Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
- Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
- A Life Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Food in Leh: Food in Leh is not included in the package. We can recommend a few good options.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from home to Leh and vice versa is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
- Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
- Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
- Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
Who is this trek meant for?
This trek is considered to be one of the difficult one’s. It is not for beginners. It requires proper fitness, proper acclimatization and a strong heart. It is truly a summit worth climbing for but you need proper preparation and judgement to reach the top. So, prepare and conquer the Stok.
The best season for the trek?
July and August is the best time to do this trek.
Any Phone connections?
Phone network is now and then available on the trek. But the base camp is well connected with the world.
What this trek gives you?
20,800 ft, this is what this trek gives you, highest trekable summit in india. The magnificent and breathtaking view of the entire Zanskar and Indus valley form the summit and the tough climb, an adventure one should never miss. This trek gives you an altitude, a challenge and less oxygen. Ready to accept?
What things are needed to be carried?
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a daypack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines. For a complete checklist, download the checklist from the footer.
|Package Confirmed Dates||Trip Status Trip Status||Price (PP) Excluding Flights||Price (PP) Including Flights|
July 6, 2019 - July 13, 2019
July 13, 2019 - July 20, 2019
July 20, 2019 - July 27, 2019
July 27, 2019 - August 3, 2019
August 3, 2019 - August 10, 2019
August 10, 2019 - August 17, 2019
August 17, 2019 - August 24, 2019
August 24, 2019 - August 31, 2019