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Stok Kangri Expedition

Towering at an impressive 6153 m, Stok Kangri is a serious challenge. Although at such an impressive height, it is not a technical climb and in season requires no advanced mountaineering equipment. We work our way up to base camp over a number of days to maximize acclimatization and improve chances of a successful summit attempt. The view from the top is one of the best in the Himalaya offering great views of the Zanskar and Karakoram ranges including K2 (8611 m), the second highest peak in the world. This is one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Indian Himalayas and its proximity to Leh makes it very accessible. Recommend for those wish to climb a non-technical 6000 m peak.

 

SKETCH ITINERARY

Day 01: Drive Leh – Stok then trek to Mankarmo (5/6 hrs)

Day 02: Trek Mankarmo - Base Camp (4/5 hrs)

Day 03: Base Camp - Stok Kangri Summit (6150 m) - Base Camp (7/8 hrs)

Day 04: Day Spare Summit /Trek Mankarmo

Day 05: Trek Base Camp - Stok village then drive to Leh (6 hrs)

 

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 01: Drive Leh – Stok then trek to Mankarmo (5/6 hrs)

After early breakfast, drive to Stok via Choglamsar by crossing a bridge on the river Indus. In Stok, visit the royal palace of present king and queen which constructed by the king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. Inside the palace, you see great collection of ancient royal ornaments, Thankas and old statues. After visiting Stok Palace, drive further ahead for kilometers to visit Stok Gurphuk monastery. Visit the monastery that dates back to the 14th century and was founded by Lama Lhawang Lotus. Stok is a subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa and belongs to the yellow-hat sect of Buddhism. Later drive to trekking point. Get down then start easy short trek along the valley up as far as Mankarmo. Overnight at camp (3700m)

Day 02: Trek Mankarmo - Base Camp (4/5 hrs)

After early breakfast, continue trek with gradual ascent to reach at base camp. Arrive at campsite before Lunch. Post Lunch, take a short climb from base camp to better acclimatize. Climb a further 100 m and then come back down again to get an early night in preparation for tomorrow's summit attempt. Overnight at camp (Approx. 4900m)

Day 03: Base Camp - Stok Kangri Summit (6150 m) - Base Camp (7/8 hrs)

Early in the morning, start full of adventurous and challenging summit with gradual climbing to avail of the best weather conditions and a possible sunrise at the summit. First, climb onto a ridge which leads to a large glacier. After crossing the glacier, ascend steeply to the summit. This last leg is the most difficult and takes a lot of physical and mental strength. The panoramic view from the summit is second to none. To the north-west the Karakoram Range, including K2 (8611 m), seems endless. One can also see the Zanskar Range and view of Tibet in the distance, an outstanding vista of snow-capped peaks. Overnight at base camp.

Day 04: Day Spare Summit /Trek Mankarmo

Incase bad weather. Overnight at base camp.

Day 05: Trek Base Camp - Stok village then drive to Leh (6 hrs)

Post breakfast; start easy and gentle trek descending down in the valley. Descend down all the way as far as Stok village. This is a great walk passing by numerous ruins of old forts and castles; spectacular and wonderful landscape with charming meadows; wonderful huge mountains. It takes about six hours to reach Stok village from where you drive to Leh. Overnight at hotel in Leh.

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