Trek to Stok Kangri

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 Stok Kangri 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.

Destination

Located in the Hemis National Park, Stok Kangri is the highest peak of the Stok range. From the peak, you'll get uninterrupted views of the Ladakh Range, Zanskar Range, the Karakoram Range and the Indus Valley flowing below!

Although it requires no prior experience in mountaineering, this trek to Stok Kangri does require a level of acclimatization. This is done from your starting point in Leh, giving you two full days to explore the beautiful Ladakhi culture. From then on, your trek will trail through the Stok Village and Mankorma before reaching the base camp, marking your gradual ascent in altitude. On the summit day, you'll begin early in the morning, giving you the unforgettable experience of hiking in the dark and watching the sun rise over the mountains.

Destination highlights

Conquer a 20,000 foot high peak, the highest in the Stok range. | Watch the dawn sky turn pink on summit day. | Camp at starkly beautiful locations. | Spend a couple of days in Leh and visit Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Leh Monastery.

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29 hrs

10 kms

Leh

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Leh

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Stok Village

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10:00

10:00

Arrive in Leh and check into your guesthouse for a day of complete rest. As the Stok Kangri trek is one of the high altitude treks, it requires immense amount acclimatization for your body. Thus, the first two days will be spent in Leh only, adapting to its climate. Overnight in guesthouse.

Overnight in guest house.

Spend your first night of this adventure in a cosy triple sharing guesthouse in Leh. /Couples will get twin sharing rooms. No meals are included in today’s package. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and take it easy today to help you acclimatise.

Food

No meals provided today

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Day 1 Milestone

Leh

Leh

10:00 AM

Today you'll spend your day exploring the beautiful city of Leh along with the multiple aspects of the Ladakhi culture. Visit the market, the local shops, try the cuisine and visit its famous sights such as the Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Leh Monastery. Overnight in guesthouse.

Overnight in guest house.

Spend the night in Leh in a triple sharing guest house. No meals are included in today’s package.

Food

No meals provided today

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Day 2 Milestone

Leh

Leh

07:00 AM

After breakfast at a famous Leh restaurant, you'll drive to Stok Village. Though short, it is scenic. The route passes through the Manali-Leh Highway before taking a turn from Choglamsar towards Stok Village. From Stok Village your real trekking journey begins towards Mankorma. Through your trek, you will be exposed to the true Ladakhi beauty of barren landscapes and the reason behind it being called a ‘cold desert’. Overnight stay in tents in Mankorma.

Overnight in tents.

Spend the night in Mankorma in a triple sharing tent. Today’s package includes a vegetarian lunch and dinner.

Food

Lunch | Dinner

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Day 3 Milestone

Leh

Mankorma

07:00 AM

Today’s trek entails hiking up to the base camp of the Stok Kangri. It is a steep trek marking your ascent in altitude. Stok village is a popular sightseeing spot for travellers to Leh, and is also the start point for the Stok Kangri trek. You'll find it is quite crowded. Overnight in tents at Stok base camp.

Overnight in tents.

Spend the night at the Stok Kangri base camp in triple sharing tents. Today’s package includes a vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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Day 4 Milestone

Mankorma

Stok base camp

07:00 AM

Today is a light day to let you acclimatise. It's also a fun one, because you'll spend the day training on how to use crampons in the snow. You'll eat breakfast, and then hike to a glacier nearby. Here you'll be briefed about how to use your crampons, and how to handle different situations that might arise on the trek. Back at Stok base camp, you'll eat something and try to get some sleep. Your day begins shortly after midnight, so go to sleep early. Overnight in tents at Stok base camp.

Overnight in tents.

Spend the night at the Stok Kangri base camp in triple sharing tents. Today’s package includes a vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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Day 5 Milestone

Stok base camp

Stok base camp

07:00 AM

The big day is here! You'll wake up at midnight, prepare for your trek, and begin walking. Many other groups will be starting their summit at the same time, so it's an exciting time. Your route takes you through the advanced base camp, over moraine and glaciers, before you reach a slope covered with snow. You'll don your crampons here, and will begin ascending the steep slope. This section tests both your physical and mental grit, but you'll see the skies slowly growning bright, and the summit is up ahead. Once you get to Stok Kangri summit, you'll feel the spirit of celebration all around. You'll spend some time here, and then begin your trek back down. At Stok Base Camp, you'll spend the rest of the day enjoying the feeling of being a conqueror. Overnight in tents at base camp.

Overnight in tents.

Spend the night at the Stok Kangri base camp in triple sharing tents. Today’s package includes a vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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Day 6 Milestone

Base camp

Base camp

12:00 PM

Today you will trek all the way back to the Stok Village from the Stok Kangri base camp. It's a long trek, but there are vehicles waiting for you at Stok village. You'll be driven back to Leh, where comfortable beds await you. Overnight in the guesthouse in Leh.

Overnight in guest house.

Return to your cosy triple sharing guest house in Leh for the night. Today’s package includes a vegetarian breakfast and lunch. You can arrange for your dinner at many of the popular restaurants in Leh.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch

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Day 7 Milestone

Base camp

Leh

07:00 AM

Check out of your guesthouse in Leh, marking the end of your adventure. Trip ends here.

Your trip ends before nightfall

Your trip ends here, with no accommodation or meals included in today’s package.

Food

No meals provided today

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Day 8 Milestone

Leh

Leh

08:00 AM

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • 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

Excludes

  • 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

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Carry 2 pairs of quick dry warm track pants
  • 4 full sleeved t-shirts/ sweatshirts
  • 1 pair of thermal body warmers for upper and lower body
  • 2 pairs of thick woollen socks (for the night only)
  • 2 pairs of warm cotton socks for trekking
  • Undergarments for every day of the trip
  • 1 warm jacket closed at wrist and neck
  • 1 full sleeved sweater
  • Rain wear - jacket and pants
  • 1 pair of warm gloves
  • 1 woollen cap
  • 1 sun shielding hat
  • 1 pair of UV protected sunglasses
  • 1 pair of non - skid deep treaded hiking shoes
  • 1 pair of light weight slippers/ sandals
  • Not to wear - Expensive watches or jewellery
  • Suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage

What not to Wear

  • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
  • Restrictive clothing
  • Flip-flops

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Oxygen cylinders
  • First aid kits

You need to get

  • 1 backpack with rain cover (min 55 litres)
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • 1 water bottle of 1 litre
  • Light towel
  • Personal toiletres kit (toilet paper, soap, toothbrush and tooth paste, cold cream)
  • Sun cap
  • Dark sunglasses
  • Trekking pole
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Camera (optional)
  • Dry fruits, nuts, chocolate bars (optional)

Medical Kit

  • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.
  • Crocin - 5 tablets
  • Avomine - 4 tablets
  • Avil 25mg - 4 tablets
  • Diamox - 15 tablets
  • Combiflam - 5 tablets
  • Disprin - 10 tablets
  • Norflox - 10 tablets
  • Digene - 10 tablets
  • ORS - 5 packets
  • Moov spray

Cancellation policy

For cancellations made 24 days or more before departure of the trek to Stok Kangri: 95% of trek cost will be refunded.

For cancellations made between 14-24 days before departure of the trek to Stok Kangri: 70% of trek/tour cost will be refunded.

For cancellations made between 8-14 days before departure of the trek to Stok Kangri: 50% of trek/tour cost will be refunded.

For cancellations made less than 7 days before departure of the trek to Stok Kangri: No refund.

No show: No refund.

All refund amounts will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.

Rules on trip

Participants must adhere to the instructions of the team leader during the Stok Kangri trek.

Smoking, consumption of alcohol, narcotic drugs etc. is strictly prohibited while on the trek.

For onward bookings from Leh after the Stok Kangri trek, please keep a day or two extra, in case of delays.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary of the Stok Kangri trek depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling, it will be borne by the trekker.

All the arrangements for the Stok Kangri trek are pre-planned and prepaid. In case of non completion of the Stok Kangri trek due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services. Any extra expense due any alteration has to be paid extra.

There is one buffer day in the itinerary of the Stok Kangri trek, which will be used only if the first summit attempt was unsuccessful. The cost for the buffer day, if utilised, will be payable on the spot. This will cost INR 1975 per person and is payable on return.