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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 – Spituk then Trek to Zingchen (4/5 hrs trekking)

Day 02: Trek Zingchan - Rumbak – Base of Stok-la (5/6 hrs)

Day 03: Trek Base of Stok La – Stok-La (4850m) - Mankarmo (5/6 hrs)

Day 04: Trek Mankarmo - Base Camp (4/5 hrs)

Day 05: Trek Base Camp - Stok Kangri Summit (6150 m) - Base Camp (7/8 hrs)

Day 06: Spare Summit Day

Day 07: Trek Base Camp - Stok village then drive to Leh (6 hrs)

 

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 01: Drive Leh – Spituk then Trek to Zingchen (4/5 hrs trekking)

Leave Guest House after breakfast for Spituk 7km. Visit Gelugpa sect picturesque monastery built on hill top by Lama Od-lde in 11th century. After then drive to trekking point. After loading all luggages, start your first day trek with gentle trek upon vast open terrain. Follow the clear path and continue easy and gentle trek keeping Indus River on right. As you come across the valley on left, leave Indus behind and enter in the valley. Continue trek along the upstream small river as far as Zingchen (small village). Afternoon explore village and in the evening visit local house. Overnight at camp (3380m)

Day 02: Trek Zingchan - Rumbak – Base of Stok-la (5/6 hrs)

Leave camp after breakfast; continue the journey on the path that leads away from the river. Climb gently till we reach Rumbak village. Pass Rumbak then continue gently ascend up through the barren lunar landscape of Ladakh. The weather is hot during the day and cold at night. Overnight at camp. (4100m)

Day 03: Trek Base of Stok La – Stok-La (4850m) - Mankarmo (5/6 hrs)

Post breakfast, continue trek with gradual ascent to Stokla pass. From the campsite walk up east and then on your right you find a path zigzagging up the mountain. At first it looks quite steep then later cross over the cleft to the left and heads up east at a less troubling gradient as far as top of the pass. From the top, enjoy and capture awesome and spectacular view of snow leopard kingdom on your right hand side, imposing Indus valley and enormous huge towering mountains of great Himalaya. Cross the pass, easy and gentle descend down as far as Mankarmo. Overnight at camp. (4700m)

Day 04: 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 05: Trek 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 06: Spare Summit Day

Overnight at base camp.

Day 07: 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 via visiting Stok Palace. Overnight at hotel in Leh.

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