Stok Kangri trek, Ladakh, India

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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.

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Leh, Ladakh
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At 20,182 feet, Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the Stok range of Himalayas, which offers one of the most challenging yet conquerable routes in this range. At different stretches of the trek the oxygen levels differ, and therefore the trek offers ample time for acclimatization. This is an ideal prep trek for enthusiasts who eventually intend to conquer tougher summits.

IMPORTANT: This is not a fixed departure trip, so a minimum group size of 5 pax is required to make a booking. This will be a private trip, just for your group.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in a cozy hotel in Leh with all meals
  • Camping accommodation on trekking days with all meals
  • Transport required during trek days
  • Certified mountaineering instructor
  • Skilled guide with ample knowledge of the route
  • Cook/helper, and other requisite staff
  • Porters and mules for carrying common luggage like ration, tents, utensils etc.
  • Tents (on sharing basis)
  • Sleeping bags/mats
  • First-aid kit
  • Forest permits and camping charges
    Exclusions
  • Personal porters to carry individual backpacks (can be arranged on an extra cost)
  • Personal trekking equipment like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners
  • Personal insurance
  • Cost incurred in case of emergency evacuation
  • Individual/personal expenses (mineral water/beverages/snacks etc.)
  • Expenses incurred from change in schedule due to weather conditions or personal health issues will be borne by participants
  • Airport transfers in Leh
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Stok Kangri Trek
Leh, Ladakh
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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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Not the easiest, yet the most coveted, the Stok Kangri trek takes you to the soaring altitude of 20,000 feet! From this height, you'll be able to see the entire Karakoram Range, a majority of the iconic Himalayan peaks, and the whole of Leh along with its surrounding regions! The highlight of this trek however, is that you can get to this height without any technical mountaineering expertise. You'll get to the base camp of Stok Kangri within 2-3 days of trekking, while it takes much longer to get to the base camp of any other peak of this height. All along this trek, you'll see the barren beauty of Ladakh; the snow capped mountains, and the boundless stretches of icy desert.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Leh to Stok village and back
  • Accommodation in guesthouse in Leh for three nights on twin or triple sharing
  • Camping during trek
  • Tents on twin or triple sharing
  • Sleeping bags
  • Meals while on trek (veg)
  • Trekking equipment like crampons and ice axe
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
  • Qualified and experienced trek guide and support staff
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • IMF fee of USD 50 for foreign nationals
  • Mineral water and other beverages
  • Wildlife fee
  • Any sightseeing
  • Tips and gratuity
  • Cost incurred due to natural reasons
  • Buffer day cost if required (will cost INR 1975, payable on the spot)
  • Any kind of expenses for loss/misplaced/theft on personal belongings
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary - stay on account of train cancellation / ill health / road blocks and / or any factors beyond control