Stok Kangri Trek

Scale the highest peak in Ladakh region and be mesmerised by the views of Leh, Indus Valley and the shimmering Zanskar.

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About Stok Kangri

Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas. At a staggering height of 20,182 feet, Stok Kangri offers one of the most challenging yet surmountable routes wherein you can contemplate scaling this mountain even if you have limited climbing experience

With breathtaking views of the Zanskar, Karakoram, Ladakh Range, Saser Kangri, Indus Valley and Leh city waiting for you at the mountaintop, the climb is worth every step.

About the Stok Kangri trek

The allure of scaling such a high range in the Himalayas makes this trek extremely attractive and trekkers from all around the world come to attempt the climb. The misty heights of the Stok Kangri can be conquered without mountaineering experience or technical training

For moderately experienced trekkers who have climbed over 13,000 feet, this quest is a great choice. The climb to the Stok Kangri peak involves a steep slope covered in scree and walking over a sharp rocky ridge. You may be lucky to spot the mountain capped with snow depending on the weather conditions

Itinerary for Stok Kangri expedition

You'll spend the first two days of the Stok Kangri trek exploring the charming town of Leh. You'll visit the well-known monasteries and walk around local markets which will allow you to acclimate to the elevation.

Then you'll set off, trekking through scenic mountain landscapes and camp at beautiful campsites. You'll then spend a whole day training for the mammoth Stok Kangri climb at the base camp which itself is situated at a staggering 16,300 feet with fantastic views all around.

You'll experience the thrill of trekking in the dark on the day of the summit. The mountains feel like a whole new world during the night. You're surrounded by dark snow and the far-off sounds of nocturnal animals.

The sun comes up as you reach the peak, casting golden hues all around you. After witnessing the spectacular views that the summit has to offer, you'll climb down to the base camp and make your way to Leh. Once at Leh, you're free to fly back home.

Stok Kangri Trek - Challenges

The weather changes throughout the trek, with the summit experiencing freezing temperatures. The peak itself is not very difficult to climb but you're at a height gain of approximately 19,700 feet in just 10 days

All trekkers have to be physically well prepared, carry the right trekking gear, warm clothes and must give their body enough time to acclimatize to successfully complete this trek. The oxygen levels vary at different points of the Stok Kangri expedition; hence, the itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization.

This trek proposes challenges of high altitude, thin air and unpredictable weather making it an adventure that's second to none.

Trek Summary

  • State: Ladakh
  • Nearest city: Leh
  • Total days: 8 to 10 days
  • Grade: Challenging
  • Max altitude: 20,187 ft
  • Total trekking distance: 48 km-61 km
  • Season: May and mid-October
  • Avg temperature: 10 to 20 degrees Celsius

Stok Kangri trek - 8 days

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive and acclimatize in Leh

  • Acclimatize
  • Overnight Stay: At guesthouse in Leh

Day 2: Explore Leh

  • Sightsee
  • Acclimatize
  • Overnight Stay: At guesthouse in Leh

Day 3: Leh to Chang Ma

  • Trekking distance: 10 km
  • Trekking Time: 6 hrs
  • Overnight Stay: Tents at Chang Ma

Day 4: Chang Ma to Mankorma

  • Trekking distance: 10 km
  • Trekking Time: 6 hrs
  • Overnight Stay: Tents at Mankorma

Day 5: Mankorma to Basecamp

  • Trekking distance: 8 km
  • Trekking Time: 4 hrs
  • Overnight Stay: Tents at base camp

Day 6: Training Day

  • Train
  • Overnight Stay: Tents at base camp

Day 7: Stok Kangri Trek

  • Trekking distance: 12 km
  • Trekking Time: 10 hrs
  • Overnight Stay: Tents at base camp/li>

Day 8: Basecamp to Leh

  • Trekking distance: 8 km
  • Trekking Time: 4 hrs
  • Overnight Stay: At guesthouse in Leh

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

Today you'll check into your guesthouse in Leh where you'll arrive by either flight or car. You will spend a relaxing day here exploring the city, its markets and soaking up its rich culture. As your body is suddenly exposed to a height of 11,500 feet, it needs time to acclimatize to the altitude. You’ll spend the night at the guesthouse.

Day 2:

You'll let your body acclimatize for another day as you sightsee around the scenic town of Leh. There are a number of monasteries and ancient temples you can visit. You can explore the city and experience the Leh way of life. The local cuisine is to die for and the locals are known for their hospitality. Spend the night resting in your guesthouse.

Day 3:

Today you'll be driven from Leh to Stok Village. The drive is extremely enjoyable as you pass by flourishing green trees adding on to the beautiful sceneries. After you reach Stok Village, you'll start your initially challenging but later soothing trek to Chang Ma. The views you’ll get to witness makes it a rewarding walk.

Day 4:

Today you'll ascend in altitude as you journey to Mankorma from Chang Ma. The climb is not that difficult and you'll find it easier with the spectacular views around. It's a beautiful trek; you'll pass through barren lands studded with small shimmering streams against grey cloudy skies. You'll spend your first night of camping in tents.

Day 5:

Today you'll climb from Mankorma to the base camp. The ascent is even higher than yesterday, proved by the experience of a drop in oxygen levels. Move slowly but surely and you should be totally fine.

It's a 4-hour short trek so you'll have plenty of time during the day to rest and recover. Relax at the base camp and enjoy the views of grassy green lands, snaking lakes and streams, all against the backdrop of the mighty mountains. Overnight in tents.

Day 6:

You'll spend today training for the great climb tomorrow. It'll be a relatively light day. You’ll listen to briefing sessions about the use of different types of technical equipment and how to overcome and navigate any situations that may likely arise. You'll have a rather early start tomorrow so you'll be going to bed early. Overnight in tents.

Day 7:

Today is the day where all your training will be put to test. The thrill of a night climb is enough to wake you up energized and ready. You'll leave shortly after midnight and commence the great ascent to Stok Kangri. You have a long walk ahead and you.

Your team and other groups attempting to climb the Stok Kangri peak will cover a distance of 12 km over a stretch of 9 -10 hours. Every step will be worth it in the end when you reach the summit. You'll feel your blood coursing with adrenaline, an unbridled sense of accomplishment and pure joy. You'll head back to base camp after some time. Overnight in tents.

Day 8:

Today you'll retrace your steps back to Stok village where the welcoming sight of vehicles will be waiting to drive you back to Leh. You'll check into a guesthouse here. You'll fall asleep at the guesthouse with an immense sense of satisfaction and pride of having scaled the highest peak in the Himalayan range. You'll check out of the guesthouse tomorrow and you're free to leave.

Inclusions:

Your trip includes all transport from Leh to Leh. Accommodation in a Leh guest house for three nights and accommodation in tents are on triple sharing basis. You’ll also be provided with sleeping bags and mattresses. Veg meals while on trek is included.

First aid medical kits, oxygen cylinder and all trekking equipment will be made available on hand. There will always be a qualified and experienced trek leader, guide and support staff to help trekkers. Your Stok Kangri Trek is also all-inclusive of IMF permits and applicable taxes.

Exclusions:

Any kind of personal expenses, food or beverages in Leh is excluded from your trip. Sightseeing in Leh can be done at your discretion. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage can be arranged for INR 450 per bag, per day. The Stok Kangri trek does not include insurance or anything not specifically mentioned under the inclusions.

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Stok Kangri trek - 10 days

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Delhi to Leh

  • Acclimatize
  • Explore
  • Overnight Stay: At guesthouse in Leh

Day 2: Acclimatising in Leh

  • Sightsee
  • Acclimatize
  • Overnight Stay: At guesthouse in Leh

Day 3: Leh to Rumbak

  • Trekking distance: 10 km
  • Trekking Time: 5 hrs
  • Overnight Stay: In tents at Rumbak campsite

Day 4: Trek Rumbak to Mounkarmo

  • Trekking distance: 14 km
  • Trekking Time: 7 hrs
  • Overnight Stay: In tents at a campsite near Mounkarmo

Day 5: Rest at Mountkarmo

  • Acclimatise
  • Relax
  • Overnight Stay: In tents at a campsite near Mounkarmo
  • Trekking time: 8 hrs

Day 6: Trek Mounkarmo to Stok Kangri Base Camp

  • Trekking distance: 8 km
  • Trekking Time: 4 hrs
  • Overnight Stay: Tents at Stok Kangri base camp

Day 7: Prep Day

  • Train
  • Overnight stay: Tents at Stok Kangri base camp

Day 8: Summit Day! K Kangri (6150m) and back to Base camp

  • Trekking distance: 15 km
  • Trekking Time: 15 hrs
  • Overnight Stay: Tents at Stok Kangri base camp

Day 9: Trek to Stok village and drive to Leh

  • Trekking distance: 14 km
  • Trekking Time: 7 hrs
  • Overnight Stay: At guesthouse in Leh

Day 10: Fly to Delhi

  • Check out of hotel
  • Board flight for the return journey

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

You'll meet your group at Leh airport and travel to the hotel together. After refreshing welcome drinks and a wholesome meal, you're free to go explore the city. Today is meant for your body to acclimatize to the climate so try not to exert yourself much. You can alternatively relax at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2:

Today you'll spend the day sightseeing around the beautiful city of Leh. You can visit the Shey and Thiksey monasteries and there are several temples to admire as well. You'll return to the hotel for lunch and spend the day exploring the Leh market. Make sure you hydrate yourself throughout the day. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3:

Today you'll trek for 4-5 hours towards Rumbark after a 2-hour drive to Zingchen. The drive will take you through the Leh airstrip, the Spituk Gompa and the Indus river. You'll begin your trek here from a bumpy section to Zingchen. The walk helps you acclimatize as you go along a stream and make your way across the undulating meadows of Rumbak, onward to the campsite. Overnight at the campsite.

Day 4:

Today you'll trek up to Stok La pass and down into Stok valley. You'll start to feel the rising altitude as you climb higher and the path is particularly steep as it winds up to Stok La Pass. The descent into Stok Valley can be spent admiring the stunning views of endless mountain ranges. You'll pitch your tents at a campsite close to Mounkarmo.

Day 5:

You'll spend the day today relaxing and letting your body acclimatize to the high altitudes. You can embark on a short 3-hour walk into a side valley to help you get experience with the height gain. As you return back to the camp you can appreciate the beauty of the Ladhaki landscape. After a hot lunch, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at camp.

Day 6:

Today you'll trek up to Stok Kangri base camp. As you enter the big pasture of the camp, you'll spot other trekkers from around the globe who have also assembled to attempt the mighty Stok Kangri climb. The buzz of excitement in the air is palpable. After a warm meal, you'll go for a short hike that will help you obtain some altitude experience and keep you in form for the great climb ahead. Overnight at camp.

Day 7:

Today you'll spend the day preparing yourself for the greatest climb of your life. Double-check your gear and the necessary equipment to make sure everything is in order. You will have to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to begin your trek, so rest easy and go to bed early. Overnight at campsite.

Day 8:

Summit Day! K Kangri (6150m) and back to Base camp. Today is the most awaited day of your Stok Kangri expedition. The adventure of trekking in the dark will give you a rush of excitement that will wake you up, invigorated and ready. You will leave with your group just after midnight and embark on a 12-15 hour quest to the summit of Stok Kangri.

You'll climb steep paths, cross shimmering ice glaciers and clamber over rocks and moraines. Your arduous journey will seem effortless once you reach the top and set your eyes on the view that awaits. You'll rest for some time, celebrate your victory, and then head back to the campsite. You'll fall asleep with a sense of fulfilment and joy.

Day 9:

Today you'll trek back to the village from the Stok Valley to awaiting vehicles geared to take you to your hotel. Here you can kick your feet up and unwind for the day. You can also step into the Leh market for some last-minute shopping. Spend a peaceful night at the hotel.

Day 10:

Today you'll check out of your hotel to leave for Leh airport to catch your flight back to Delhi.

Inclusions:

All travel from arrival at Leh airport on day 01 till drop at Leh airport on day 10 is included in your package. Arrangements for staying in rest houses, hotels and camping in tents while on the trip is done on twin sharing basis.

You will be provided with all meals consisting of breakfast, lunch, dinner on day 01 to breakfast on day 10. Professional guide fee, sanctuary fee, royalty and permits are included where applicable. All trekking arrangements are done with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook, etc.

Exclusions:

Delhi-Leh-Delhi airfare, railway station or airport transfers in Delhi and any stay and meals in Delhi are excluded from your package. You will not be provided with beverages at the Leh hotel. Jain food can be arranged if an advance request is given. Sleeping bags, items of personal clothing or any expenses of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, insurance, camera fee, etc have to be self-arranged.

Personal climbing equipment can be hired in Leh on a budget of Rs 3000/- on rental. Your trip excludes any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Best time to go/Weather

May to mid-October is the best months to undertake the Stok Kangri trek. During the day, a good amount of sunshine can be expected in the region and the weather is pleasant. The nights; however, can get really cold and the mountain summits are always freezing.

You can expect to see snow in the months of May or June, but there is less snow as time moves on to months of July or August.

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Getting there

Pick up point:The pickup point of the Stok Kangri trek is almost always at Leh Airport. Leh Airport is accessible by flights from any major hubs. You can also choose to travel by road in buses or cars.

Start point:Depending on your itinerary, the start point of the Stok Kangri trek may differ. Whatever your starting point may be, your operator will do all the necessary travel arrangements

What to wear

This walk heavy expedition requires you to wear a pair of good quality sturdy trekking shoes. Wear regular clothes for the day but the temperatures can drop during the night, hence it’s best to don thermal inner-wear, socks and gloves. Make sure to also have a good quality water and windproof jacket handy.

What to carry

You’ll be given a list of things to carry by your operator. Be sure to check off every item on the list. You will have to carry your own clothes and toiletries. Important items to pack will be your sleeping bag, some trekking gear and shoes.

Preparation/Fitness

The Stok Kangri expedition is challenging and you need to be in excellent physical health to undertake the trek. A strict fitness regimen can be followed prior to the trek in order to prepare for it. Strong physical fitness also means faster acclimatization and an overall enjoyable trek.

FAQs about Stok Kangri trek

Can beginners do the Stok Kangri trek?

The Stok Kangri trek is a pretty tough one, while you don't need any technical mountaineering knowledge or skills, the extremely high altitudes and long hours of climbing make it an experienced trekker’s terrain. But if you’re in good physical shape and have an unbreakable will, you should definitely give it a shot.

What is the packing list for the Stok Kangri trek?

Your operator will provide you with a full list of things to carry, including clothing and trekking gear. You will be required to carry a sturdy pair of shoes and warm clothes for chilly nights.

What is the best time for the Stok Kangri trek?

The best time to contemplate this trek would be between the months of May and mid-October. The weather is pleasant and the region experiences a little bit of sunshine during the day. The mountain weather although is unpredictable and its summits and nights are shrouded in cold.

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If climbing the highest peak in the Stok Range isn’t enough to get your adrenaline rushing, then we don’t know what is! At 20,000 feet, the Stok Kangri peak is a bucket-list trek for many, not just because of its height, but because of its magnificence. It's the only trek to this altitude that you don't require any technical mountaineering knowledge for. An added bonus is that for a peak so high, it would take you longer to get to the base camp. Here, you'll be at the base camp in two days. Of course, there are spectacular views of Ladakh's cold desert all along, and you'll have the thrill of a night climb in the snow.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Leh to Leh
  • Accommodation in a Leh guest house for three nights (triple sharing)
  • Accommodation in tents on triple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Veg meals while on trek
  • Trek equipment
  • IMF permits
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
  • Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide and support staff to help trekkers
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any food or beverages in Leh
  • Sightseeing in Leh
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 450 per bag, per day)
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the inclusions
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Embark on this trek to Stok Kangri, and summit the highest peak of the Stok Mountain ranges. This 9-day trek is not easy, hence it is best suited for experienced trekkers. On this trek, you'll trek through thick snow, over sprawling glaciers, and high altitude ridges to reach the peak. You'll also cross some clear water streams, and spend the night in tents pitched at high altitudes. This trekking trip to the Stok Kangri is for those who seek adventure, thrill, and aim to summit the highest peaks of the world.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in hotel in Leh on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 8 on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Accommodation in alpine tents from Day 3 to Day 7 on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Meals from Lunch on Day 3 to Lunch on Day 8
  • Services of an experienced, certified trek leader and support staff
  • Transport from Leh to road head at Stok Village, and back
  • First aid kit
  • All required trekking equipment
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • All required government, trekking, and forest permits/fees
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Insurance (can be arranged for INR 700)
  • Porters to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 2700)
  • Meals during the hotel stay in Leh, and during the road journeys
  • IMF permit fees for foreign nationals
  • Any kind of personal expenses like extra meals, beverages, tips, shopping, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
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Summit the highest mountain peak in the Stok range of Ladakh on this action-packed, challenging trek to the peak of Mt. Stok Kangri. A fast-paced adventure, this trek takes you over thick snowy glaciers, steep rocky inclines and barren grey trails. At an altitude of more than 20,000 feet, you'll reach the summit of Mt. Stok Kangri, a bucket-list item for many adventure junkies. At the top, panoramic views of the snow-stormed landscape await, with towering peaks peeking over the clouds. The only trek to this altitude that doesn't require mountaineering or technical expertise, the Stok Kangri trek is an adventure of a lifetime.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements between Leh and Stok village in a private, non-AC vehicle
  • Accommodation in a hotel at Leh for 3 nights on triple-sharing basis
  • Accommodation in tents while trekking for 5 nights on twin-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bag, mattress
  • Common kitchen/dining and washroom tent
  • All veg meals from lunch on day 3 to lunch on day 8
  • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • All government permits and charges
  • Services of experienced trek leader and support staff
  • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinder, stretcher)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between your home city and Leh
  • All meals during the stay in Leh
  • Services of mules to carry personal luggage (arranged at INR 2,700 per person, per rucksack of maximum 11 kgs; if booked in advance)
  • Entry fees and charges at sightseeing locations
  • Personal expenses such as extra meals, beverages, gear, tips to staff
  • Costs due to unforeseen circumstances such as natural calamities, bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Adventure insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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