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About the Stok Kangri Trek:
If you are ready to accomplish the high altitude Stok Kangri trekking expedition, then here is a wonderful opportunity. The 9 day Stok Kangri trek package will be starting as you reach Leh on the first day and acclimatization is the crucial part of any Ladakh trek. Especially when you are prepared to do Stok Kangri trek, then this is mandatory.
The trek starts with a walk to Stok Village firstly which will surely present before you the best sights of the village life. Chang Ma being the destination for the start day of the trek to Stok Kangri, it would be giving you the proper welcome to get enthralled by the nourished scenery. The whole trek passes through the barren grey landscape of Ladakh. Mankhorma, the Base Camp and the training days are the next targets on the expedition.
After going through numerous green filled patches and chilling water bodies, you will reach Stok Kangri. The route will take you through multiple glaciers and steep slopes until you reach the summit ridge. You will be trekking on an average of 9-12 hours every day for fulfilling the dream trek to Stok Kangri. After completing the trek, you will be returning through the same route and reach Leh and wind up the exotic expedition with plenty of good memories.
About the Destination:
Stok Kangri trek has a magnificent attracting power so that those who have not done any high altitude treks before will also wish to climb this highest trek-able summit located at a height of about 20500 feet. The pathways to Stok Kangri Peak show us multiple thrilling sights including the lofty mountains in the Himalayas and it is a dreamlike destination for all adventure admirers. It is considered to be one of the most fascinating places in India and Ladakh is the parent of this high peak.
It gained popularity very recently due to the adventure and tremendous excitement it imposes to each trekker come its way. The deserted surroundings and the trails with plenty of ridges contribute a lot to make the entire region look amazing. When it comes to winter, Stok Kangri starts embracing beauty unlike any other high altitude possible can do with the help of thick snow cover all around it. From the summit, you will see the whole of Zanskar and the Indus Valley very clearly.
Temperature: The temperature varies from -20 to 10 degrees. Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes.
Trekking Distance: 40km
Maximum Altitude: 20,100 Ft.
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Leh
Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
Base Camp: Leh
The fun and excitement of Climbing Stok Kangri begins with your arrival in Leh. Check-in to your stay and relax. Sip on tea/coffee. Do note, since it is very important for you to get acclimatised in order to have a healthy journey, the first three days will be reserved for the same.
Overnight will be spent in hotel.
During the first half, indulge in breakfast and dash off for an acclimatisation hike of 3-4 hours. The latter half, you can enjoy unravelling the well-known monasteries around Leh like Shey and Thiksey.
Overnight will be spent in hotel
It is one of the best sites that you would have once you have decided to trek this area of land. Trekking in Leh, could be considered by some people to be living their dreams. At any point of time, you might just feel that you are right in the middle of heaven. This is a day when you would enjoy a great drive and have an enjoyable trekking experience.
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. The weather is perfectly fine for the summer season. The Stok village lies immediately to the south of Leh and it is well known for a royal palace. The recently crowned king of Ladakh lives here. There is also a small museum inside the palace which has beautiful and religious artifacts.
The day 3 is however the day when you trek to Chang Ma. This might be a difficult trek and you may experience the joy of a snow trek. You would like to spend the night here and the overnight stay would be in tents in the open lands.
Overnight will be spent in hotel
With three good days spent on acclimatisation, on day 4 and 5 you set off to Stok Kangri trekking.
The whole trek passes through the barren grey landscape of Ladakh. From chang ma trek up to Mankorma, This day will show you the real beauty of ladhak and gives you the answer why ladhak 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.
Overnight for both the days will be spent in tents.
A few hours trek takes you back to the base camp. This exotic base camp is a pleasurable place. It lies in a grassy area. This 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. You can also take rest in the base camp to make sure that the group is ready for the next day’s trek and touring. You would get time to acclimatize to the weather. This is pretty necessary because in the coming days, you wuld find a drastic change in the climate and might experience thin air and lack of oxygen.
The overnight stay, would again be arranged in tents and make sure that you have enough warm clothes for the lowering temperature.
This day is an easy day for trekkers. You would enjoy the time for going around and knowing the place to a much better extent. It is essentially a day to train for the upcoming trek and know the possibilities and challenges that are involved in it. Your trek leader and guide would let you know about all the different changes in the terrain.
You need adequate knowledge and experience to go around the mountains. There might be situations where you have to trek in the sinking snow. You would find your legs sinking up to your knees. Therefore it is essential that you know the weather and surrounding conditions. It is also a day when you would to take enough rest so that you are well prepared for the coming excursion. The overnight stay would again be in tents. By now, you should be well familiar to the conditions prevailing during the day and night.
Now that you have had rest for a day i.e. the Stok Kangri trek, you should be well prepared for the big climb. 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 9 to 10 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. The overnight stay, as usual, would be in tents.
Day 8 would be the ultimate day of your fantastic trekking experience. The trek which included high altitude trekking mountaineering and expedition would finally come to an end after this day. But before you end the day, you would see a lot of snow clad beauty and memorable view of mountain ranges. The joy of Ladakh trekking can be rejuvenated from this spot. As the day rises, you would have to start coming back from Base camp to Leh.
The trek back could be difficult and you need to perform care and precision. On the same day, after you reach Leh, you would also have to cover up to Stok Village on your feet. Stok village is the final stopping point of trekking. From Stok village to Leh, you would have to take a drive. The drive may make you nostalgic of all the fun that you had while trekking the mountains in the last eight days.
Return to your destination with nostalgia of your journey in the mountains.
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Rated : 5.0
First, I would like to say thank you to email@example.com for their coordination and cooperation.The trip was well planned and executed extremely well by the tour operators, I am very happy with the services provided by thrillophilia during this trek. 1) Our trek leaders Salman and Stenzin are really a wonderful Guys, they were very helpful and supportive all the time during trekking.Other staff members were also supportive and helpful. 2) Food quality and quantity was good. 3) Accommodation was good, camps were in good shape, neat and clean and quite spacious. Let's review the Trek. No doubt Stok trek was awesome as well as difficult. It would not be correct if I will say Stok trek is the most beautiful trek ???? but there is something which makes this trek different from all other treks and which is the main reason to attract tourist from every corner of the word, that is its height. At 20,500 feet Stok Kangri is the highest trekkable summit in India (6,153 m), what google says but when I googled it bit more and try to find if there is any other trek exist in this word which is above Stok, I did not get any information so I assume this is the highest trekkable summit in world ???? Highlights of this Trek 1) Trekking till base camp is not very tiring, which itself a big achievement as you would be able to achieve the height of 16300 feet ???? and the best part what I found in this trek is “you don’t need to walk too many hours to reach base camp” 2-4 hours walk a day is max you will walk. 2) Leh treks are totally different from Himachal and Uttrakhand treks in terms of scenic beauty, it’s a different experience, you would be able to see some splendid views of the Stok mountain ranges. 3) The last day “Summit day” will give you a totally different experience. You start your trek at night time which generally don’t happen in other treks. Moreover, you will get a chance to do snow trekking in summers as well “Only in summit Day”. Here is a great saying "the best view comes after the hardest climb" Very True!!! Preparation: I should say this is not a trek for first time trekkers but still if someone wants to give a try, Start your preparation at least 2 months before this trek as last day “Summit Day” is really a challenging one, compare to other days where you have to just walk 2-4 hours max here on final day you have to walk for a 12 – 14 hours and trekking at night on Snow is bit tricky task and it becomes more challenging when you have to walk by putting Crampons on your shoes. a) Aim for 5 km running in 30 minutes b) Do breathing exercise which helps you a lot during this trek especially. c) Drink as much as water you can.
Rated : 4.0
It was a memorable weekend in stok kangri trekking with my family members. Moderate trekking trails and elegant locations are just perfect for family holiday or outings.
Rated : 4.0
Trekking here made me realize the power, beauty and the might of Nature,trekking path full of challenges surrounded by the nature that offers you mesmerizing views of beautifully laid valley.Definitely trekking here once again....soon!
Rated : 4.0
By climbing mountains, we were not learning how big we were. We were finding out how breakable, how weak and how full of fear we are. You can only get this if you expose yourself to high danger. I have always said that a mountain without danger is not a mountain.” This statement resonated with my beliefs and passion about these majestic Himalayan ranges.
Rated : 4.0
It is really ana amazing experience to trek at a height of 6000m above the sea level in a minimum temperature of 10 degree. From the summit point indus valley and the leh city was clearly visible. There are some buddhist monastries to explore namely the Shey and Thikshey monastries .Its an enjoyable trek for trek lovers
Rated : 5.0
It was an amazing trekking expedition...Though short but quite steep and rocky terrain....Caming is not easy since at night the temperature gets too low. But for sight exploring stok kangri seems to be an ideal location. You can spot the beautiful Indus river, Leh city and the zanskar ranges too.
Rated : 5.0
The journey of heaven starts from stok village , i experienced an unique feeling after exploring the beautiful region of old hemis and gompa regions on our fourth day of trekking. Explored all nearby villages and monasteries, we also interacted with local villagers and shepherds.
Rated : 4.0
Stok kangri trekking was a perfect trekking destination for all because as much i had experienced, it is suitable for all people because of its shortest route. it means that trekker can enjoy fully with no problem. If you are thinking to experiences this i must say you not to think but to go without any delay you will definitely get heaven like feeling.
Rated : 5.0
Awesome it was!!! what a place to trek , mild trekking conditions but such a beautiful scenic view at a temperature that numbs your senses, A must visit place for all the trek and adventure lovers. Beautifully laid trek offering challenges at different points just takes your breath away!!!
Rated : 4.0
The trip was well planned and executed extremely well by the tour operators The trek was at our own pace - we had plenty of time to see the snow capped ladakh high ranges, enjoy the rhododendron forests. it was wonderful to camp at the base camp. the last section of reaching was most difficult but it was just worth it!! there were no words to decribe it literally.
What is the best time to go for Stok Kangri trek?
July - August are the best months to plan a Stok Kangri Trek. During this time, the peaks are snow clad and the trail offers a beautiful striking, rocky side of the mighty Himalayas.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a climbing holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking for 7 - 8 hours each day over several days. The best preparation for a trip of this nature is regular hiking in hill or back country, particularly involving sections of steep terrain. Previous experience of walking in crampons is useful if you have the opportunity although instruction in all necessary techniques for the climb will be given at Base Camp.
What are the clothing and equipments that need to be carried from our end?
As the temperature is cold throughout the trek with the possibilities of rain, we recommend that you carry woolen clothes, which can be full sleeves woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, windproof jacket, etc. along with a raincoat.
Which type of shoes should I carry?
For Stok Kangri trek, you would need good and comfortable trekking shoes that would let you easily go through the ridges and glaciers till the top. The rough roads would hamper your normal shoes and before you buy trekking shoes, be very careful. The boots with thicker and aggressive out-soles can be used for longer treks like Stok Kangri. Select the right type of shoes is essential- for summer season, use low-ankle hiking shoes but if you go on cold conditions, then buy trek boots with industry accredited material used in their build. Waterproof and breathable fabric would be the best. Buy trek boots one size larger than your feet size so you will feel comfortable after wearing multiple socks during winter treks.
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
There are proper meals with subsequent nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the trek. From dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on the last day, all meals will be provided. This would include nutritional vegetarian meals, 7 Dinners, 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, with the addition of tea and coffee during breaks.
How much weight will I have to carry?
It is advisable to carry a 6L backpack, weight to be carried will depend on your requirements and capacity.
What will be the highest elevation we will trek?
The stunning Stok Kangri Peak displays multiple thrills along the way and towers at a height of 6,000m. The highest altitude will be at 6153m.
Does this trek require proper acclimatisation?
The Stok Kangri trek does come along with some challenges, some of them being dealing with thin air on high altitudes. For this very reason, the first three days are reserved for acclimatisation. The route taken to the summit is among the shortest.
What sort of weather will be there during Stok Kangri trek?
In day time weather is clear, the temperature is around 11 degree, but in night times it gets cold and temperature drops up to 0 to -6 degree. This is a toughe treks as temperature wise also.
What is the difficulty level of Stok Kangri trek?
Stok Kangri is not a simple trek it’s an expedition where experience trekkers can check their fitness level and it is one of the dream trek of every trekkers. Stok Kangri trek is a difficult trek, and it gets harder with the snow.
How much do we have to trek each day?
Average walking distance is 10- 12 km each day and trekkers mostly in 5-7 hrs. Just enjoy it, don’t be disheartened.
Is it a safe trek for girls?
For girls, trekking is extremely safe. Vendors have highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire trek. If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with single tent to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent. Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.
Are there any chances of sudden weather changes during the trek?
Mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or snowfall cannot be ruled out. Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes
Is the region terrorist prone?
No, trekking is extremely safe. Vendors have highest regards for your security. It is not a terrorist prone zone and we will ensure that you are safe the entire trek.
What all things I should carry for the trek?
Day pack (25ltrs) Dry fit shirts and trousers 4 pairs Fleece jacket Balaclava and Buff Gloves Toilet paper Two 1 ltr water bottles Pee bottle Lip care Torch with extra batteries Water purification solution / tablets Body Moisturizer, Body Powder / Anti-Fungal (feet and body) Down booties Boots, Camp shoes / Sport sandals Warm Socks (lots of extra pairs) Water and wind proof jacket and trousers Thermal top and bottom 3 pairs Day wear shirt x2 or 3 Underwear 5-7 Sun cap, Sun screen lotion, Sunglasses Head torch with extra batteries Toiletries Small light towel and napkin Personal medications Rain cover for your bags
What all medicines I should carry? Can I take diamox?
Carrying medicines is important while trekking anywhere in the world. Your first-aid should have anti-diarrhea medicine such as loperamide but make sure that you don't take it unless getting to a toilet isn't an option. During the trekking you may not have access to pharmacies. So it’s better to have medications ready. Yes, you can carry diamox and can be taken too if having sickness/nausea.
How cold does it really get on the Stok Kangri trek?
During day time, the weather is clear and warm at Stok Kangri and the temperature would be around 11 degree Celsius. As the night approaches, the temperature drops down to 0 to -6 degree Celsius. But the weather at high altitudes is highly unpredictable too. Hence be prepared with multiple layers of jackets, clothes, socks and gloves.
Is the water on the trek safe?
Yes. The water you will get during the trek will be clean and safe as the Himalayan water is considered to be the best with a lot of minerals. But for the safety of our bodies, many recommend to have boiled water or chlorine tablet. You can seek help from the tour guide or leader to fill water bottles.
Who all can go for trekking at Stok Kangri?
The Stok Kangri Trek is definitely for all the daredevils as the highest summit is almost 20500 feet high. As the altitude is too high breathing in oxygen is get a little difficult and people suffering from breathing problems should avoid this trek as it might even get fatal for them. Rest of you are physically fit and love trekking then this is indeed a doable trail and extends exceptional views of nature. The trek begins from the Stok village and from there it takes nearly 9 days to complete the entire 40 km trek.
How will we go Stok Kangri from Leh?
Stok Kangri trekking route is quite a simple one. You begin from Leh and then drive to the Stok village after which the actual trekking begins. The route to be followed is Stok Village - Chang Ma - Mankorma - Base camp - Stok Kangri. With every next destination the altitude keeps on rising and the hike becomes even more difficult. The entire trek almost takes 9 days to complete and the final summit is 20,500 feet high that is Stok Kangri. The weather conditions can get really worse so make sure you carry proper body suits to settle in the same.
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