Stok Kangri Expedition
9 Days | 8 Nights
Leh, Stok Village, Stok Kangri
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Highlights of the trek:
Region: Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Duration: 8 Night / 9 Days
Meeting Point: Leh Airport (on Day 01)
Ending Point: Leh Airport (Day 09)
Grade: Difficult - Challenging
Maximum Altitude: 20,187 ft.
Approx. trekking: 40 km.
Brief on Stok Kangri Expedition :
Mount Stok Kangri is probably one of the finest peaks tailor-made by Mother Nature especially for those who have always aspired to be a climber but have never had the opportunity before. For starters, Stok Kangri is the highest peak (6,153 m) in the Stok range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region, a land popularly known as the last ‘Shangri-La.’
Crossing several obstacles, climbing on the steep slopes, withstanding sunny mornings to blizzard and walking past meandering tracks towards the 6153 meters is what it takes to do the Stok Kangri Trek. That's the challenge trekkers have to accept to reach the paradise within 5-6 challenging days. Being one of the most difficult treks in India, the Stok Kangri Trek is meant for those amateur and experienced trekkers that have one or two trekking experiences above 5000 meters.
You fly from Delhi to Leh and spend time for acclimatizing and visiting hill top monasteries, before completing a four day acclimatization trek through the quiet shang valley to smankarmo. The trek will continue reaching Shang La at 4,960m. Along the way there is plenty of wild life. From Smankarmo you walk to base camp and have a rest day and then a further acclimatisation walk to 5,400m before going for the summit. On summit day you cross a glacier and scree to reach the sharp south ridge, which leads in a superbly exposed position to the narrow summit. On a clear day you can see as far as the mighty Karakoram and K2, 220Km to the north west.
Day No: 1
ARRIVAL AT LEH: Leh is the headquarter of Ladakh. It is located on the banks of the Sind (Indus) river, between the Khardungla and the Stok ranges at an elevation of 3250 meters. There are various early morning flights to Leh from Delhi. You can come by Road to Leh from Manali or from Srinagar. After arriving check into the hotel. There will be an introduction and a briefing session in the evening.
Day No: 2
ACCLIMATIZATION AT LEH: This day is to prepare your body for the higher altitudes. The day will be spent acclimatizing around Leh and making permits. We will climb the small hills around this town. First we will go to the Leh palace, which is a little above Leh overlooking the town. Above this is the Tsemo monestry from where we have a magnificient view of Leh. After that we will visit the Shanti Stupa. The evening will be spent in making last minute purchases and packing our backpacks for the trek.
Day No: 3
LEH TO CHANG MA (13087 ft.) Via STOK VILLAGE (4 - 5 hrs.): The day of the trek is here. Make sure you have all your essentials for the climb to the top. We start our drive towards Stok village, which is across the Sind river. Its a half an hours drive to the village. Stok village is famous for it's Royal palace. This place has lots of greenery and wheat farming is done here.We start our trek from here. We walk along a stream for some time, and then there is a moderate climb for a hour. The landscape is pinkish and barren. Changma is flatish place ideal for camping. Overnight stay in tents.
Day No: 4
CHANG MA TO MANKORMA (14,200 ft. / 3 - 4 hrs.) Today's trek is a trail through barren landscape and valleys. The views of the steep cliff shaped mountains are breathtaking. The topography appears pinkish. There are plenty of blue sheep in his area. They can be seen easily on steep cliffs. Today is a total ascend and we gain approx. 1100 feet of altitude. There can be signs of nausea or mild headaches. You can be free to talk to our trek leaders, who are trained for these kinds of situations. Mankarma is a ideal campsite along a stream. Overnight stay in tents.
Day No: 5
MANKORMA TO BASECAMP (16,300 ft. / 4 - 5 hrs.) Today we will walk along a a wide valley for some time , then climb along a ridge. The ascend is normal to moderate. There are lots of water bodies on the way. The base camp is located at around 5000 meters. It is a wonderful place to set up camp. This place is cold, but not too windy. After reaching we occupy camp, which will be in tents. After lunch we will go for a short acclimatization walk towards Gulab Kangri. Then in the evening there will be a short briefing session and a medical checkup in which some vital information about High altitude sickness will be discussed.
Day No: 6
RESTING + ACCLIMATIZATION DAY: Today is the day for packing, training and briefing sessions. A climb to a peak has certain level of technicalities involved which have to be adhered to with a certain level of discipline. There is a big glacier on the way, so you should have the knowledge as to how to walk on a glacier. Our trek leaders are highly qualified from prestigious institutions so you can totally rely on them. We will check all our equipment are in order. The rest of the time will be spent exploring around the place. It will be a early dinner and you should sleep soon because it's an early departure tomorrow morning for the summit. Keep your clothes and sack ready so that you do not waste time in the morning.
Day No: 7
SUMMIT STOK KANGRI (6153 meters) AND BACK TO BASECAMP (7 - 8 hrs) We get up as early as 1. A.M. Get your backpack ready. Put on your headlamps. Be careful to fill-up your water bottles,and keep them inside the backpack to stop them from freezing. We start by walking up toward the right. The trail is clearly visible from the camp. There is a steep ascent in the beginning, and then it gets moderate just before the glacier. It takes about two an half hours to reach the glacier. You have to traverse across the glacier. Take care while doing so as there are small crevasses here. As you cross the glacier the visibility also increases as the day breaks. You climb along a ridge, and then another ridge. The climb is steep. Then you come to a rocky patch. From here it is a walk along the final ridge. You may have a Vertigo effect during the final push. The snow is deep here.The trail is too narrow and every step has to be taken with caution. There is the effect of altitude also, so its a slow progress. It takes about 8 hours to reach the top so you should be on the summit at about 8 A.M. The top is a small falt patch with lots of prayer flags fluttering in the air. The view fro the top is awesome, Khardungla pass can be seen much lower. You can see the Karakoram ranges as far as Mt K2. Saser kangri peak dominates the skyline. It is said that on a clear day, if you are lucky enough you can see Kailash Mansarover lake. The entire Leh town can be seen from here. To the south you can view the Zanskar ranges. After tying our prayer flags and clicking some photographs, we start our journey back. Be cautious while descending. The snow patches can get slippery. While coming back, click some photographs on the glacier. You reach back to the base camp tired and hungry, and deserve a well earned rest.
Day No: 8
BASECAMP TO LEH (6 hrs) Time has come to bid farewell to these amazing mountains. After breakfast we start descending towards village Stok through the camps of Mankarma and Changma. Jeeps will be waiting for us at the road. From the village of Stok you will drive back to Leh. Check in to a hotel. Time to have a hot shower and rest.Its been a long and a wonderful journey. it's time to bid goodbye.
Day No: 9
DEPARTURE FROM LEH: Board your morning flight from Leh to back home, or drive back through Srinagar or even adventurous Manali highway!
Lunch at Leh.
Portage of Personal Luggage (Extra @ Rs. 500 / day / bag).
Anything Not Mentioned in Inclusions.
GST @ 5%
Up to 30 Days:- 90% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Between 21 - 30 Days:- 60% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Between 20 - 11 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Less than 10 Days:- No refund.
Up to 10 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be charged.
Less than 10 Days:- No rescheduling allowed.
Any additional costs due to weather / unforeseen situations, will have to be borne by the traveller.
Our team reserves the right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary.
Final word of the trek leaders will have to followed by all the members.
No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable.
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