About Stok Kangri: At 20,182 feet, Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the Stok range of Himalayas, Ladakh, which offers one of the most challenging yet conquerable routes in this range. From the top, one gets an absolutely stunning view of the Zanskar, Karakoram, Ladakh Range, as well as Saser Kangri, Indus Valley and Leh city.About the Stok Kangri trek
This mountain adventure takes you into the misty heights of Stok Kangri, the highest peak in the Himalayas which can be summited without mountaineering experience or technical training. It is a great choice for moderately experienced trekkers who have some experience with treks over 13000 feet. Climbing to the summit of Stok Kangri involves climbing a steep slope covered in scree, and walking over a sharp rocky ridge. Depending on the weather conditions, you may see some snow or ice at the top of the mountain.
The glamour of scaling a summit this high in the Indian Himalayas attracts trekkers from around the world.Stok Kangri expedition
The first two days of the trek are scheduled for you to explore the scenic town of Leh, visiting the local markets and the famous monasteries, allowing you to acclimatise to the elevation. Stok Kangri trek blogs tell stories of some trekkers not being suitably well prepared for the changing weather throughout the trek (with freezing temperatures at the summit) and the high altitude. Although the peak itself is not difficult to climb, the height gain is roughly 19700 feet in just 10 days so the key to completing this trek successfully lies in being well prepared i.e physical fitness, carrying the right trekking gear and warm clothes as well as giving your body enough time to acclimatize. At different stretches of the Stok Kangri expedition, the oxygen levels differ, and therefore the itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. The challenges of thin air, high altitude and unpredictable weather make this an adventure like no other.
The early section of the trek takes you through beautiful mountain scenery, and you'll camp at gorgeous campsites. The Stok Kangri base camp itself is stationed at a staggering 16,300 feet with fantastic views all around. From here, the climb becomes steep and the air thins, posing a thrilling challenge for trekkers. On the day of your summit attempt, you'll start trekking just after midnight, using headlamps in the darkness. The mountains look completely different at night, with the sounds of nocturnal animals all around. You can expect to negotiate boulders and scree-laden ridges for this section and will cross the beautiful Hemis National Park that is renowned for the endangered snow leopard. The sun rises as you approach the summit, lighting up the glaciers and peaks around you, making this one of the most memorable experiences of your life.
If you're going on Stok Kangri expedition in May or June, you can expect to see snow, but as the months advance to July or August, there is less snow.