About the Trek:
Your trek starts with the arrival from Delhi to Leh. Spend some time to acclimatize with the beauty and weather. Leh is the place where you get the perfect combination of natural exquisiteness with cultural beauty. Staying here in the tents is a life time opportunity. You will rest here for one complete day and get adequate knowledge about all the possibilities and challenges of the trek from your guide. From here, you will trek to your destination Stok Kangri. Start climbing for 9-10 hours and you will reach at the top of the ridge.
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Day 01: Reporting in Leh and check-in to Hotel. Overnight stay.
There are numerous options to arrive in Leh. You can come here all the way from New Delhi via road. Alternatively, you may also opt to take flights from New Delhi to Leh, or book trains to Jammu and complete the rest of the journey by road. On arrival in the town, Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick up and transfer. Overnight hotel.
Day 02: Orientation & Briefing of the trek – Trek Preparation & window shopping
Day two is for you to continue gathering energy for the ensuing Stok Kangri trek, and acclimatize to the cold weather, high altitude and diminishing oxygen levels. You can also utilise your free time to stroll through the town, and learn about its culture. You may see the raw beauty of the Ladakh plateau, shop at local markets or pay visits to numerous Buddhist stupas and monasteries nearby. In the evening, return to your lodging for another overnight stay in the town.
Day 03: Reach Stok village after 30 mins drive from Leh. Start trek to Mankarmo (4,250 mtrs/13,940 ft). Approximate trek time – 4-5 hours. Overnight Stay in Tents.
This day will show you the real beauty of ladakh and gives you the answer why ladakh known as cold desert, while trekking you will cross the 2-3 times small streams, it is a fairly easy trek along with the river and you would love the overnight stay in tents.
Day 04: Trek to Stok Kangri Base Camp (5000 mtrs/16,400 ft). Approximate trek time – 2-3 hours. Preparation for summit for the remaining day.
The following section of Stok Kangri trekking will take you to the base camp of the summit. It will be a difficult ascent as the continuous gain in altitude will result in lessening levels of Oxygen. All along the hike, you will wind along rocky and narrow mountainous trails. Though you will face difficulty in climbing and breathing, the divine scenery will compensate generously for it, and make it a wonderful excursion. After you cross a hissing river, the trail will become wider and smoother, but will keep ascending. Along the way, you will see numerous alpine lakes, and their tiny ripples and waves will seem white due to the sunlight falling on them and illuminating them. You will also travel across mountainous meadows, where you may be able to see sheep grazing on lush grass. On reaching the base camp, enjoy lunch and spend the rest of the day at leisure. The base camp is situated on a comparatively flatter land form. A narrow brook makes its way through here, and the slopes and ground have a nice green covering. In almost any season, you will be able to see some amount of snow at the topmost points of the mountains, which encircle the base camp. There are a few smaller peaks here, which you may climb as a means of preparing yourself for the toll-taking ascent, which you will encounter later in your expedition. Relish dinner in the evening, and then retire for the night in the tents provided to you.
Day 05: Acclimatization walk (5,400 mtrs/17,700 ft) and back to Base Camp. Preparation for summit for the remaining day.
Though it does not involve any hiking, this is one of the most important days of your excursion. The rest has been provided so that you are able to further acclimatize to the weather and topographical conditions, and also get the necessary information needed for scaling the summit. Your guide or team leader will brief you about the different challenges and hazards you might face during the climb. Make sure you have snow boots as the snow will be soft, and as a result, your feet will sink in it. Also ask your guide about the trekking plan, the terrain of the region, and what all you need to do or carry. Post the briefing, explore the area, click pictures, relax, and later enjoy another overnight stay here in tents.
Day 06: Summit attempt.
The morning brings yet another phase of long and rigorous mountaineering. Considering the length of the journey, it will be divided into a number of smaller sections, and you will stop to rest after each one. Starting from here you will travel to a glacier. You will first encounter a sharp and lengthy ascent, after which the altitude gain will become lesser. The slopes and your ascent will be gentle till you arrive at the magnificent river of ice, which originates from the peak. You reach the glacier after a gruelling hike of approximately three hours from the base camp. The real climb to the summit of Mount Stok Kangri begins here. To reach the top, you will climb for about two hours more along the southern face of the mountain. The gradient of the slope here is almost 75 degrees, and the path contains loads of small rocks and enormous boulders. Remember to climb carefully as one little mistake can be dangerous. Post negotiating the rocky path for about an hour, you will see that the climb has become gentle, and it is way easier to walk now than it was before. From here, you will get a clear view of the summit and colourful Buddhist prayer flags decorating it. On reaching the top, look around and see the Karakoram Range in the north and the Zanskar Mountains in the south. Post enjoying your success and clicking photos, retrace the track back to the base camp. Coming down brings a different challenge as due to the force of gravity, you will end up descending too fast. You will need to keep a check on your velocity. On arriving at the base camp, relax and enjoy your overnight stay.
Day 07: Trek back to Stok Village. Approximate trek time – 4-5 hours. Drive to Leh. Overnight Stay.
The last phase of your Stok Kangri trek will make you travel for 12 km till you reach the village of Stok. On arrival in the village, board a vehicle and drive back to Leh. After you reach the town, transfer to your lodging and rest for the night.
Day 08:Group breakup after breakfast.
In the morning we will provide the breakfast before the group breaks up. Travel to the airport to board your onward flight, or drive to New Delhi by bus or taxi.
Stok kangri is particularly famous as an initial non technical expedition into high altitude mountaineering. It is known to be one of the trouble free 6000 m. trek in the world, never the less a demanding expedition into high altitude mountaineering.