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Stok Kangri trek was fixed last minute. No idea I had how this trek will be going to. But my family was also happy to come with me to do the challengin...
Our camping and trekking experience at Stok Kangri was really a true delight and as professional trekkers , it did not pose a major challenge for us an...
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 dream like 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.
About the 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.
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 F
Difficulty Level: DIfficult
Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, 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
Stok Kangri trek was fixed last minute. No idea I had how this trek will be going to. But my family was also happy to come with me to do the challenging trek. We sought help from Thrillophilia to plan a trip to Stok Kangri along with some other regions in Ladakh for 10 days. It went out nicely than I expected. Firstly, the trip started late due to rain but after it started, the movement was at a steady pace. We went to the starting point of the trek and other places in a jeep and only some distance we covered by trekking. But those stretches were really amazing. The surroundings are full of mountains and rough lands. But Stok Kangri is differently beautiful. Natural beauty at its best. We went to Leh by flight from Mumbai. Met the tour guides there and started our trip. We had fun throughout the trip watching the towering peaks and the huts along the roads. It is a great place for family trips. But the cold climate may let you feel tired and sick but if you prepare well before heading out to the sites, you can escape from being sick.
Rated : 5.0
Our camping and trekking experience at Stok Kangri was really a true delight and as professional trekkers , it did not pose a major challenge for us and we want to keep participating in activities and treks like this, despite the difficulty level!
Rated : 5.0
If you are fit enough, you will love this trek more than any other treks. Me and Boy friend took this trek last year and we all were astounded with its mesmeric beauty. Really, no other trekking trails can be more fascinating and appealing as the ones in this trek. The other Himalayan peaks around makes the perfect backdrops. It was a memorable 9 days trip. Especially the difficulties and on overcoming them, we got the most of our kicks.
Rated : 5.0
Woohoo! What a way to see Ladakh and its beauty. Being at the highest motorable pass i.e. Khardung-La. also climbing at the peak after a struggle, really makes you realise how small and insignificant you really are!! Thanks to the trek leaders and the organisers for making sure that everything went through smoothly.
Rated : 5.0
There is nothing like experiencing a ride on the highest motorable pass in the world and this Stok Kangri Trek helped me achieve that. I was stunned at the beauty of this trek and was so excited to do it alone with a couple of new friends I made along the way. Even though there are professionals and instructors to help you, for this trek you need to have prior experience in trekking moderate altitudes. This was an amazing journey for me and i cherish the memories everyday till date.
Rated : 5.0
While planning for our next trek, this trek sounded appealing to all of us and we were finally on it. Everything about the trek was wonderful. From the very first day in Leh to the trek to Stok Kangri to the last day of the trek, the entire group had the best trekking experience.
Rated : 5.0
I SAW A SNOW LEOPARD! We got to see this splendid creature deep in the caverns of the national park during our trek and man, what a feeling it was! I have never been on a more exhilirating trek and I was very pleased with the way the guides took care of us throughout the trek!
Rated : 5.0
For me I always though Ladakh is all about monasteries and bike trips but well Stok Kangri trek changed my this thinking. Its such a beautiful trek and the place is simply beautiful, the best thing is that such places are still hidden from the control of man and I guess that's what help in sustaining the charm of this place.
Rated : 4.0
Watching the snow clad peaks in the Himalayan ranges was one of my long time wishes and finally I achieved it by choosing Stok Kangri trek. It is a marvelous place in Ladakh region with a lot of challenging routes to be covered. The snow clad peaks were standing tall throughout the way to Stok Kangri. When I searched about this trek, I got to know that I should be physically fit. I started preparing one month before the trek. I was really excited to be in the group. We five friends booked through an agent. They arranged the trip very well with quality food and accommodation. Camping was absolutely fine. It was cold in the surrounding but the stay was fine. The ridges and the steep climbs gave us many challenges than expected. But still I was happy to accept those stringent conditions as the sights were beyond imagination. I was feeling sick when the high altitudes were conquered but somehow I managed to come out of the sickness in one day and continued with complete energy. The guides were well informed and experienced so that the journey was smooth and devoid of many difficulties. My friends also loved the trip. We have moved through many villages and met so many lovable people around. We had food from one of the houses in the village on one day and it was so tasty. Then we have walked through the town of Leh as well to know more about its local life. There is no other way than walking through these places which help us to enjoy the beauty of each location.
Rated : 4.0
An avid trekker, Stok Kangri has been on my radar for some time now.. Let me tell you, making way through steep snow is not easy and requires a great amount of fitness levels but by the end of it, it is all worth it when you are on the top and among the few people who can witness such great beauty.
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.
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