Stok Kangri Expedition

Stok Kangri lies in the middle of the fascinating area of Ladakh, which is located in the northern part of Indian state "Jammu and Kashmir". Stok Kangri (elevation 6,137 m / 20,135 feet) is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of northwest India. The peak is located in Hemis National Park, 12 km southwest of the trailhead at 3,610 m (11,845 feet) in the village of Stok and 24 km southwest of the Ladakh capital of Leh.

Despite its altitude, Stok Kangri is a popular peak and is often climbed as an initial non-technical foray into high altitude mountaineering Towering at an impressive 6153 m, Stok Kangri is a serious challenge. Although at such an impressive height, it is not a technical climb and in season requires no advanced mountaineering equipment. We work our way up to base camp over several days to maximise acclimatisation and improve chances of a successful summit attempt. The view from the top is one of the best in the Himalaya offering great views of the Zanskar and Karakoram ranges including K2 (8611 m), the second highest peak in the world.

This is one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Indian Himalayas and its proximity to Leh makes it very accessible. Recommend for those wish to climb a non-technical 6000 m peak.

Expedition Facts :

Area : Ladakh, India
Duration : 09 night/ 10 days
Grade : Moderate to fairly Challenging.
Highest Point : 6100m
Highest Camping Point- 5000m
Best Time to Go: Mid-June – August

Detailed Itinerary :

Day 01: Fly Delhi to Leh(3500m)

Arrival at Leh airport, to be received by our representative and transferred to the Hotel. Check in to the hotel. After having some rest explore the city of Leh visit Leh Market, Leh Palace, Hall of Fame and Shanti Stupa. Overnight Hotel.

Day 02: Leh Sightseeing and acclimatization

After breakfast drive to visit the Shey Palace, Thiksey, Hemis monasteries and Stok Palace Museum. Return to Leh in the evening. Overnight Hotel.

Day 03: Leh – Khadung La (5570m) – Leh

After an early morning breakfast head, out for a couple of hour’s drive to Khardung La, the world’s highest motorable pass. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive Leh – Zingchan (3385m), trek to Stok La (4400m,5-6hrs.)

We take a one hour drive to Zingchan, the closest road access to Stok Kangri. We then start our trek with an easy introductory walk. Trek to the base of Stok La, a pass below the mountain. Throughout the trip, we are trekking through the barren lunar landscape of Ladakh. The weather is hot during the day and cold at night. Reach Stok La and have a well earned hot meal and good night's sleep.

Day 05: Trek Stok La to Mankarmo (4900m,5-6hrs.)

Trek over the Stok La Pass and camp at Mankarmo. The pass offers great views of Stok Kangri and the route to the summit from the base camp. Overnight in camp.

Day 06: Trek Mankarmo – Stok Kangri Base Camp (5000m,3-4hrs.)

We make an early start and reach base camp with still most of the day to rest. We have lunch and then take a short climb from base camp to better acclimatize. We climb a further 100 m and then come back down again to Base camp.

Day 07: Layover day for acclimatization. Overnight in Camp

Day 08: Base Camp – Summit (6100m) - Base Camp

Keep your torch and other climbing gears ready before you set off early morning around at least by 2 am so that you get in time at the advance base camp and then wait till the day breaks for enough light to do the climbing. Start crossing the glacier towards south-east and then climb the peak to the western side. In good weather, the early morning sun will bring its golden rays over the Saser Kangri group in the Great Karakoram Range, where K2 lies. To bring good fortune, we leave our Khatag – a religious scarf on the peak, which is covered in prayer flags. You can follow the same route back to the camp.

Day 09: Trek Base Camp – Stok Village - drive to Leh

Morning after the breakfast walk down to Stok Village and drive to Leh. Enjoy hot shower at your hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Fly Leh to Delhi

Transfer to the airport and fly back to Delhi with Sweet Memories of Ladakh.

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