Stok Kangri is a one of the major trekking peak is Ladakh the summit of which is as high as 6153 meters. The trek to the summit of Stok Kangri in Ladakh offers a great opportunity to scale a 6153 meter peak, requiring no mountaineering techniques at all.
Trekking in Ladakh is an lifetime experience in itself, but being able to see its beauty from as high as 6153 meters is crazy !! That's where the true Himalayan High is !! Summiting Stok Kangri is a pride which very few can boast of.
Though Stok Kangri is a trekking peak, its altitude and other dangers cannot be ignored. It requires good planning and the mountain rejects the over confident trekkers. For few who tried to underestimate the high altitude terrain of Stok Kangri has had paid their price, sometimes fatal. For those who go to the peak with respect, the mountain rewards.
Day 1: Arrive in Leh. Day 2: Acclimatization Day in Leh. Local sight seeing. Day 3: Leh to Zinchan ( drive ) Trek to Rumbak. Day 4: Rumbak to Mankorma, via Stok La. Day 5: Monkormo to Stok Kangri Base Camp.Day 6: Acclimatization, Training, Orientation Day Day 7: Summit Day Day 8: Base Camp to Stok Village to Leh.
Detailed Itinerary of Stok Kangri Summit Trek:
Day 1: From Delhi To Leh (Fly)
Fly to Leh from Delhhi and checkin to the guest house. Leh is dry and the air is very cold. Suddenly when you breathe in cold dry air, your body might not adjust to the new changed environment, that too in just 2 hours !!
Its advised that you drink adequate water before boarding your flight to Leh. Also, have a Vaseline handy to apply to your nostrils to moisten it, if you feel the air is too dry and cold to breathe easily. We meet in the evening over a light Snacks for a formal Team Introduction and share brief information on the trek preparation and planning.
Day 2: Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day
Today we spend our day visiting places around Leh and acclimatizing further. Leh is at very high altitude and this day is very important for us. We visit places like Leh Palace, Chemo Monastery, Shanti Stupa, etc.
Each of these places can be hiked to and its the best for us to do, if we are not feeling exhausted. If we do, we need to take some light walks in the town itself for some window shopping. Leh has some good shops selling trekking gears. So you can do some last moment purchases. Evening we will visit the monastery of Shanti Stupa to seek some peaceful aura around it.
Day 3: From Leh To Rumbak , Via - Zinchan (Drive/Trek, 4-5 Hours)
Today we start early morning to board our cab to Zinchan. Once we reach, our horses are loaded and we start our trek to Rumbak. An easy day.
Day 4: From Rumbak To Mankorma , Via - Stok La (Trek, 5-6 Hours)
We start our day early and begin our trek to Monkorma with stunning view of the Ladakh Himalayas. The magical mountainscape continuously motivates us and keeps us really engaged, making us forget that we are trekking.
We are to tackle the steep climb to the top of Stok La, which serves us the very important purpose of acclimatization. Since we climb upto 4900 meters and sleep low at 4400 meters, it help us better acclimatize to the altitude for higher ones to come.
On reaching, we ease out for the day. Its been a rewarding day till now. Post tea, we go for slight walk around the place to explore further. Do not forget to sight the summit of Stok Kangri from here.
Day 5: From Mankorma To Stok Kangri Base Camp (Trek, 3 Hours)
Today the walk is very less and we move out easily, though not very late. We leave for Stok Kangri Base Camp, and it take us around a hour and a half to reach the campsite. On reaching, we have hot lunch and relax a bit.
We will also go for a short acclimatization walk. We will climb up the direct hill in front of us on the route to Stok Kangri. Its a higher ground, and also offers great views. If you have zoom lens, do try to zoom in and catch a glimpse of the Stok Kangri Summit.
Once we come back form the acclimatization walk, we ease out, play games along with snacks, soup, dinner and hot drinks. These easy days are actually preparing us for the grand summit day.
Day 6: Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day (Rest, Acclimatize)
Today we train you on some technicalities of mountaineering to be used on the trek. Use of ice axe, some rope work, roping up, etc. During June July and even early august some year, the quantity of snow are too much and these basic orientation helps us in achieving success on the summit.
Day 7: From Stok Kangri Base Camp To Stok Kangri Base Camp, Via - Stok Kangri Summit (Trek, 10-11 Hours)
Today is THE DAY for us. We will attempt the Stok Kangri summit today. We start our long testing day to the summit post midnight around 1 AM in order to reach the summit on sunrise. All our previous day's efforts and acclimatization walks will be tested and brought into use today.
The route climbs up straight to the top of the hill we climbed previous day, and from there is descends to the glacier. A small crevasse can be negotiated with a slight jump, although in the dark, you should stay alert and together with the team. After you jump the crevasse and traverse the glacier, your next bid is to climb to the ridge leading to the summit of Stok Kangri. Never-ending switch backs follows and the high altitude makes it very slow.
If time and energy allows, we descend down to Monkorma to rest for the night.
Day 8: From Stok Kangri Base Camp To Leh, Via - Mankormo, Stok Village (Trek/Drive, 6-7 Hours)
Today we trek down and walk straight up to Stok Village. The trek is route is just so beautiful. We board our cab to get us back to Leh. We checkin into a hotel and settle for the day. In the evening, we meet for our last dinner together and celebrate our trek experience.
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Peaks: Kun ( 7077m ), Nun ( 7135m ), Stok Kangri ( 6153m )Passes: Stok La ( 4900m )Rivers: IndusVillages: Zinchen, Stok VillageDuration: 8 days/ 8 nights, Leh to LehHighest Altitude: 6153mGrade: ChallengingTerrain: Meadows, rocky, snow field, glacierTrail Type: Same Exit Entry PointStarts At: LehEnds At: LehRegion: India - LadakhNearest Airport: Leh
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