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About the Destination:
The Stok Kangri trek is experienced by many people and is considered the best trekking experience in the Himalayan Mountains of Ladakh. Stok Kangri is the highest mountain range of the Himalayas in Ladakh region. Trekkers flock from different parts of the world just to trek here. The best season to go trekking in Ladakh is July, August and September. The place is usually dry in these months with a few bursts of rains in July and August.
The Stok Kangri summit trek is considered one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayan Mountains. The final altitude that is achieved in the trek is 20, 080 ft., which is almost 70% height of the Mount Everest. The place has many scenic locations and vast meadows adorned with multi-coloured flowers albeit the speculation of it being a dry place.
About the Departure with Details:
The Stok range lies on the southern skyline of Leh, the capital of Ladakh, and Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the range. During your Stok Kangri expedition from Delhi, the first two days are set aside for acclimatisation and during this time we will visit the colourful monasteries of Shey & Thiksey and checkout the effervescent market in Leh. We set off on our 4 day acclimatization trek to the Base Camp starting from Matho Village and then over the Matho La. The climb up to the summit is technically straightforward and safe of any objective dangers. On the summit stretch, we cross a glacier and then a steep climb on to the south ridge from where it is an exposed walk right up to the summit. It’s a challenging climb even for the fittest of the climbers and is a great adventure in Himalayan mountaineering. Amidst the tiring climb and the trek, you will get an opportunity to experience this place first hand with all its flora and fauna. Though the place is dry, it still is charming enough to give you the best panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountains.
Meal Types: Veg/Non-veg
Activities: trekking, sightseeing, visiting the monasteries.
Duration: 10 N/ 11 D
Total Trekking Distance: 3500 m
Maximum Altitude: 6153 m (20, 182 ft.)
Temperature Range: -20° to 10 °
Difficulty Level: Challenging
Travel to airport, fly back to Delhi, end of tour.
This day marks the end of the Stok Kangri Expedition and therefore we take an early morning drive to the airport to catch your flight to Delhi.
Visit to monasteries
On this day, we will visit the famous monasteries of Shey and Thiksey. After the visit we, head back to the hotel for lunch and stay the night there.
Matho Village Monastery, Mathu Chu River
On this day we start early from Leh and drive down to the Matho Village. The village is laden with beautiful monasteries which also happen to be the starting point of the trek. From here we walk for about 2 to 3 hours to our campsite which is just next to Mathu Chu River. In order to get acclimatized, we camp at a lower altitude and relax the day. We stay overnight at the camp.
Trek and a climb to Gangpoche
On this day, we continue with our walk up along the Mathu Chu River, till we reach a fork. We take the route on the right and climb steadily till we reach a high point. Here, we would have reached Gangpoche which is located right next to the shepherds hut. We will camp here overnight, in the camping ground below the hill.
Ascent and descent from Matho La to Mankarmo, parachute café, wild mountain goats and views of Stok Kangri Peak.
This day packs no great hurdles, as it just a gradual ascent and a descent from Matho La to Mankarmo. The trip lasts for 2.5 to 3 hours and the location is laden with many fluttering prayer flags. The descent takes you steeply on a switchback trail to Mankarmo, which has a big parachute café. Here, on the trail you might get a chance to see some wild mountain goats. Also, from our location, you will get a first glimpse of the Stok Kangri Peak. We will camp here overnight.
Trek through the Stok Village to the base camp
On this day, we trail through the Stok Village to the base camp. Though the base camp is just a short walk from here, we do gain a substantial altitude as we progress. We will camp here overnight.
Parachute Cafes, excursion to a high point and back
We will relax at the base camp, this day. Here, you can spend time at one of the biggest and the best stocked parachute cafes in Ladakh. We will take a small excursion to a high point and come back. And camp here overnight.
Midnight climb, spectacular views of the Karakoram Range, Ladakh range on the north, the Zanskar range on the west and a bird’s eye view of the Indus valley along with the Leh city
We have reserved two days for the climb which would give us time for contingencies due to bad weather. Fluttering with prayer flags the summit rewards with wide open views of the Karakoram Range, Ladakh range on the north, the Zanskar range on the west and a bird’s eye view of the Indus valley along with the Leh city. We would later descend to the base camp and camp there for the night.
return walk to the base camp, rest at the base camp
We walk all the way back to the base camp through the same route this day. By the time we reach the base camp it will be afternoon. It would be time to get much needed rest before the celebrations could kick in. We will camp here for the night.
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