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Stok Kangri Peak Expedition - 8 Days

Stok Kangri Peak Expedition
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The Stok Kangri is the most preferable location for experiencing the most demanding trek in Ladakh. Lying sharply at the altitude of 6153 m / 20182 ft in the middle of the fascinating place in Ladakh, the Stok Kangri is the most prominent location on the southern skyline. The Stok Kangri Trek will bring the fascinating opportunity of spending some days at this impressive region to visit the colorful monasteries at Shey, Thikshey and Hemis before setting off on the rugged but amazing treks through Markha Valley. The trekking routes are a serious challenge even for the experienced trekkers that will lead to the several remote and picturesque villages to the high Nimaling Plain below the imposing peak of Kang Yatze. Crossing the Kongmaru La, the trek will further take you to the unusual high route to Stok Kangri Base Camp, a 3-day approach to the mountain, which includes superbly located campsites and far-reaching views towards Tibet and the eastern Karakoram.

Although objectively very safe and technically straightforward (involving low-angle scree and easy snow slopes), the climb on Stok Kangri is both challenging and interesting. This is a wonderfully varied trip, perfectly suited to someone seeking his or her first Himalayan summit. The sight from the top brings amazing views of the Zanskar, Karakoram ranges and K2 (8611 m), the second highest peak in the world.

Trekking across the Stok Kangri Summit is actually finding oneself at one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Indian Himalayas due to its proximity to Leh and is highly recommended for those who wish to climb a nontechnical 6000 m peak.

About Stok Kangri

Crossing several obstacles, climbing on the steep slopes, withstanding sunny mornings to blizzard and walking past meandering tracks towards the 6153 meters is what it takes to do the Stok Kangri Trek. That's the challenge trekkers have to accept to reach the paradise within 5-6 challenging days. Being one of the most difficult treks in India, the Stok Kangri Trek is meant for those amateur and experienced trekkers that have one or two trekking experiences above 5000 meters.

Ladakh brings forth many trekking tours but the Stok Kangri Trek is simply a walk to heaven. If one is lucky enough, he has the opportunity to catch the glimpse of the towering peak of K2 and the view of several crystal crests and large moraines winding down the barren valleys. During the trek get the chance of 360 degree view of the Saser Kangri, which dominates the northern sky on the Karakoram Range and the Zanskar Range on the south.

The Stok Kangri Trek is one of the strenuous treks in the Ladakh region that requires serious acclimatization before hitting the tracks to Rumbak village. Even after crossing several mountain passes like Stok La at 4900 meters, the trail requires acclimatization at the Stok Kangri Base camp after camping and crossing Mankorma. The journey en route and thereafter passes through some narrow tracks and dangerous moraines; one might encounter snowstorms, which may slow down or hold back trekking to Stok Kangri. The Stok Kangri Trek creates a wholesome experience for the trekker. This dream expedition offers camping, facilities for home stay at a remote village, scenic beauty and pleasant stories.

 

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Stok Kangri Trek is between May and mid-October. During this time, the weather in Ladakh is pleasant and the average temperature ranges between 20 and 30°C in the daytime. July and August are the ideal months for Sham Valley trek as during these months Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways also opens for private vehicles.

Where is the Stok Kangri?

The magnificent Stok Kangri (6153m) is situated in the south of Leh. Declared an open trekking peak by Indian mountaineering foundations, Stok Kangri can be done by anyone who is physically fit. From the summit stunning views of Karakoram Range, Ladakh Range and Zanskar range can be witnessed. During clear sky K2 can also be seen at far distance.

WEATHER DETAILS

Early on in the season (May – Jun) there will be lots of snow on the trail starting from below the base camp. Days are going to be sunny and warm (20 – 25 deg) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of -2 to 8 deg. In the July – Aug period snow starts melting and we will catch snow only at the top ridge. Day temperatures are around 20 – 25 deg and night temperature at the highest camp can fall to about 0 to 5 deg. In Sep the weather starts getting colder with day temperatures around 10 – 20 deg and night time the temperatures can go sub zero to around – 5 deg. Please keep in mind that on this trail irrespective of the season it can snow anytime and for long duration's in case of bad weather. Also temperature can fall below the above mentioned figures. Wind chill is a factor you need to account for while preparing for the trek

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

 

Day 1
Arrive Leh

Day 2
Leh Sight seen (Acclimatization day)

Day 3
Leh to Chang Ma via Stok Village (12,950 ft) Trek 5.5 km, 4 hrs

Day 4
Chang Ma to Mankorma (14,300 ft) Trek 3.5 km, 3 hrs

Day 5
Mankorma to Base camp (16,000 ft) Trek 4 km, 4 hrs

Day 6
Acclimatization & Practice day

Day 7
Base camp (16300 ft.) to Stok Kangri (20200 ft.) back to base camp.

Day 8
Base camp to Stok Village and drive to Leh

Day 9
Departure From Leh

Day 1: Arrival at Leh (11,480 ft)

Arrive at Leh and check into the guest house and take complete rest for acclimatization. You will landing at 3400 Meters above sea level so acclimatization is very important. We suggest our trekkers to consult their Physician before taking any high altitude medicines. Proper rest and hydration is very important for acclimatization and to avoid AMS. Please make sure that you do not exert yourself too much. Have good sleep, good food and avoid smoking and alcohol completely.

In evening we will meet for briefing about the Stok Kangri Trek and Bring a copy of ID proof and 2 photo graphs. foreigner, a copy of passport and visa.

Day 2: Acclimatization day in Leh (11,480 ft)

Leh is situated at an altitude of 11,480 ft. The entire day is for you to relax and acclimatize to the high altitude of Leh. In the evening go for a stroll in the Leh market and enjoy the cultural and natural beauty of Leh city’s barren landscape. Make most of your acclimatization day by visiting Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Leh Monastery.

Visit of any very high altitude place or pass is not advisable.

Places you can visit in Leh Ladakh

Shanti Stupa

Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist monument which dominates the Leh City landscape high on a rocky ridge was built around 1190 by Japanese Buddhist monk to promote world peace and it’s today one of the most visited place in Leh Ladakh.

Leh Palace

Leh Palace over looking the Leh City is the Palace of former ruler of Ladakh region you can reach here by short trek beside the Leh City mosque. Leh Palace is now under Archaeological Survey of India. Leh Palace overlook the Leh City and can be identified from the long distance resembles Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet.

Leh Monastery

Leh Monastery is situated in the main market you can visit here and feel the calmness in the atmosphere or the Buddhist chants.

Day 3: Drive from Leh to Stok Village (11,750 ft, 1 Hrs) and Trek to Chang Ma (13,080 ft, 4 Hrs)

  • Drive:  Leh to Stok Village,Drive 15 km, 35 minutes
  • Altitude: 3,950 m/12,950 ft
  • Time taken:  35 minutes drive  + 5.5 km Trek, 4 hrs
  • Moderate level of ascent
  • lunch: Hot lunch at camp site.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

The day starts with a drive to Stok village. At the start of the drive from Leh, you would go through many exotic and beautiful scenes. The drive to the Stok village is an adventurous one and if full of natural beauty and lush green trees. Not much climb to the camp site. It will take around 4 hrs to reach camp site.

Day 4: Trek from Chang Ma (13,080 ft) to Manokarma (14,200 ft, 3-4 Hrs)

  • Altitude:  4350 m/14,300 ft
  • Trek:  3.5 km, 3 hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy level of ascent
  • Water sources: Can refill water from river.
  • lunch: Hot lunch at camp site.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

The day starts with breakfast and it will show you the real beauty of Leh and gives you the answer why Leh known as cold desert. Today’s ascent is easy. It will take around almost 3 hrs to reach camp site.

Day 5: Trek from Manokarma (14,200 ft) to Stok Kangri Base Camp (16,300 ft, 3-4 Hrs)

  • Altitude:  4900 m/16,000 ft
  • Trek: Trek 4 km, 4 hrs
  • Trek gradient: Moderate to difficult
  • Water sources:Till first half can refill water from river and rest there is no water point.
  • lunch: Hot lunch at camp site.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

Today’s ascent is moderate to difficult level. Base camp area has a number of water bodies in the form of lakes and water streams. During the day time, you can walk on the upper areas of the campsite and enjoy the views of the surroundings. There are some beautiful peaks like Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri and many others.

 

Day 6: Acclimatization & Training Day at Base Camp

Today is fairly relaxed day. After breakfast we will go for training to nearby glacier and we will learn how to use crampons. Climbing mountains involves lot of uncertainties. Our Trek Leader will let you know about the different situations which might occur and how to deal with them. This is also the day of relaxation, So that you gain all your strength for next days summit push.

Day 7: Trek from Base Camp (16,300 ft) to Stok Kangri Summit (20,080 ft) and back to Base Camp (16,300 ft, 12-15 Hrs up and down)

  • Altitude:  6153 m/20,180 ft
  • Trek: Trek 7 km each way, 14 hrs( Reach on the Summit by 6 am & Reach to Base camp by 12 noon.)
  • Trek gradient: Moderate to difficult
  • Water sources: Carry enough hot water, only one water point at glacier(very cold).
  • lunch: Packed breakfast and hot lunch at camp site.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

You should wakeup early to start the climb. The route goes through glaciers and then comes to steep slopes to the summit ridge. This is a long climb, so you should be mentally strong and prepared psychologically. It would take somewhere between 10 to 12 hours for average climbers. Slow climbers may take another 2 to 3 hours in addition. At the start of the trek, after a couple of hours, you should reach to the summit of the ridge. The summit offers you great views of the area. The wide and open surroundings give you a royal feeling. Towards the north, you would get a view of the Karakoram Range. The Saser Kangri dominates the sky in the north along with the Karakoram, and the Zansker ranges in the south.

There will be a turnaround point which you have to cross with in stipulated time to proceed further which will be communicated to you during briefing session.

Day 8: Trek from Stok Kangri Base Camp (16,300 ft) to Stok Village (11,750 ft, 5 Hrs) and Drive to Leh (11,480 ft) (1 Hrs). Overnight in Leh Guest House.

  • Trek: 13 km, 6 hrs
  • Drive:  15 km, 35 minutes
  • Time taken:  Reach Leh by 5 pm
  • lunch: Packed lunch.
  • Stay:Check in Hotel

The trek which included high altitude trekking mountaineering and expedition would finally come to an end after this day. From base camp trek back to Stok via Mankorma. Reach Stok and drive to Leh. Arrive Leh and check in to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 9: Departure from Leh

Fly back from Leh for onward journey.

 

The Trip Cost Includes

  • All accommodation during trek.
  • Guest house in Leh on Day 1, day 2 and day 8 as per the itinerary.
  • All meals during trek.
  • Necessary Permits and first aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced mountain guide, and support staff.
  • Oxygen Cylinder and stretcher for emergency case.
  • High altitude rescue expert trek leader.
  • Necessary equipments for climbing, ropes, ice axe and other technical gear for climbing.
  • Transport from Leh guest house to Stok village and return as per the itinerary.
  • Mules to carry the central luggage.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Any type of personal expenses
  • Food in Leh
  • Airfare and pickup and drop from airport.
  • Extra snacks and meals during trek from shop.
  • Necessary permits, entry fees and Foreigner peak booking charges.
  • Insurance of the trip
  • Things not mentioned under Inclusions.
  • Mule or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Personal gear, and equipment

Trekking Gear

  • A rucksack with rain cover
  • A water bottle or a hydration pack
  • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  • UV Protection Sunglasses
  • A trekking pole

Clothing:

Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites are strongly recommended

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts - 2
  • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower - 1
  • Fleece Jacket - 1
  • Padded Jacket -1 (Goose down or feather is preferable)
  • Full sleeves sweater - 1 (Needed if you feel cold at high altitudes despite 4 layers)
  • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) - 1
  • Thick woolen socks -  1 pair
  • Cotton socks - at least 2-3 pairs
  • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
  • Woolen cap - 1

Footwear

  • Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
  • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.

Toiletries

    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
      • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.

Miscellaneous

    • Water bottle
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars

Fitness Required for Stok Kangri Trek

At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of  oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.The Stok Kangri Trek is an challenging trek suitable for trekkers with prior experience in high altitude treks is recommended.

Who Can Go:-

Here are the fitness criteria one has to match absolutely for conquering Stok Kangri Peak with us:

  • Experience of high altitude trek at least 2 treks of more than 4500 mt. or 14,700 ft.
  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 6 km of distance in 35 minutes without a stress.
  • A goods carrying benchmark relevant in this expedition, the climber should be able to carry a 10 to 15 kg expedition bag pack.
  • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have these conditions mentioned above.

Breathing exercises

If you’re trekking to Stok Kangri Trek in winter, note that the temperature drops to around -8 to 10 degree Celcius at night. During the day, the temperature will be at around 10 to 15 degrees. While going for summit the extreme temperature could make breathing slightly difficult. Doing breathing exercises before the trek will help. Expand your lungs and learn to breathe deep. This will help you inhale more oxygen and help you breathe comfortably.

Fitness exercises

  • Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  • 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  • Push Ups – 10
  • Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets

Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects a day.

  • Oxygen Level
  • Pulse Rate 

High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, DexamethasoneYour Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.

Acclimatisation in high  altitude

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation.

Leh
Ladakh in summer is a great tourist destination for adventure junkies and leisure  travelers. This is the best time to go to Ladakh when the weather is pleasant. During summers the main Manali – Leh Highway and the Leh -Srinagar highway is open.

Reaching Leh by Flights
Leh Airport is situated in Leh. All flights to Leh in the Summer are in the morning.

Reaching Leh by Road
There are two ways Leh can be reached by road.

1.Manali-Leh Highway
This is a picturesque highway which connects Himachal and Ladakh with some of the worlds highest passes. It takes 2 days to reach Leh from Manali with a break in Jispa or Sarchu.
2.Srinagar-Leh Highway
This is a better road then the Manali -Leh highway. This journey can be easily completed in a day but you can also stop over at Kargil for the night and continue to Leh the next day.

Price From INR23,000 INR21,000/person
21,000
Total 21,000 INR

Trip Facts

  • Leh, Ladakh, J & K
  • 8 days
  • Difficult
  • 6153 m / 20182 ft.
  • 45-50 Km
  • July to Mid September
  • 10-15 trekkers
  • Leh to Leh
  • Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
  • Guest house, Camping
  • Road Accessible by Manali-Leh or Srinagar-Leh highway
  • Leh airport (Kushok Bakula Rimpochee airport)

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