The Stok Kangri Trek and Stok Kangri Climb is one of the simpler treks for the amateur expeditors.
Stok Kangri is regarded as the most suitable starter escapade for healthy trekkers. The most visited and a good trekking summit in Ladakh, Stok Kangri trek is an admirable opening to hiking in the Himalayas.
Drive to Spituk, the closest road access to Stok Kangri.
Start trekking with an easy introductory walk of four hours until you reach Zingchan. Take a short trek to Stok La Pass, which is below the mountain.
You will be trekking through the infertile lunar landscape of Ladakh. Camping will be done at Mankorma. This track presents enormous visions of Stok Kangri.
Take a short climb from base camp for proper acclimatization. Start climbing onto a ridge which leads to a large glacier. Cross the glacier and ascend steeply to the summit.
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The last leg is the most difficult and needs a lot of physical and mental strength. The panoramic view from the summit is unlike.
You can also view the Zanskar Range and view Tibet in the distance, a spectacular vista of snow-capped peaks.
While trekking down all the way to Stok village, you will pass through numerous ruins of old forts and castles.
A vital challenge of this trip will bring you to the Khardung - La Pass, believed to be the highest motorable road in the world.
Enjoy the extravagant sight from the peak, ranging from the Indus valley in the South over the endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar.
Nimaling: It is one of the most charming high valleys in Ladakh.
Nimaling is controlled by the abundant summit Kangyatse.
Stok village: It is an easy access to Stok kangri. A short and trouble-free trek takes you to the pleasing village through picturesque Stok valley.
Khardung - La Pass: Set in the Ladakh region, a high mountain pass is bounded by lofty peaks and colorful landscapes.
How to get there
By Air: Indian Airlines and Jet Airways have regular flights to and fro Leh.
Leh airport is linked with important cities like Delhi, Srinagar and Chandigarh.
By Road: Regular state transport bus services run between Srinagar and Leh and Manali and Leh. If you do not prefer traveling by bus, the alternative available is jeeps.
By Rail: Jammu is the closest railway station and is 734 km from Leh. From here Buses take two days to reach Leh.
Best time to visit: Mid June to September
- Special permits are not required for trekking in the Indian Himalayas, with the exception of certain restricted areas.
- Camping is done on pre-defined campsites near source of water and requires no technical climbing equipments accept ropes.
- Make sure that you do not dirty the surrounding places.
- All the waste should be disposed off away from the camping site.
- This difficult trek requires extreme physical fitness.
- Maximum height of this trek is 6153 meters.
Things to carry
- Walking stick
- Binoculars and camera
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
Shey Palace: Situated around 15 km from Leh, Shey is a settlement in Ladakh.
It has an ancient palace of the Ladakh kings. This old palace comprises of the largest golden Buddha statue.
Thiksey Monastery: Located on a charming hilltop, it is an amazing example of Ladakhi architecture. The marvelous statue of Buddha is the main attraction here.
The festival called Thiksey is celebrated with joy and splendor. The wonderful wall paintings are carved with the ides of Buddhas.
A glorious monastery has 12 storied building complex.
Markha village: This large and pretty village has a fort and a monastery set on the northern hill.
The gompa is regarded as one of the oldest in Ladakh.