Category: Demanding Adventure.
Stok Kangri is one of the most beautiful peaks in Ladakh. By Ladakhis it is called Kanglachan, meaning view of all the mountains. The climb is technically not difficult and requires no special mountaineering skills. This is a great chance climbing a 6150m mountain in less than a week, not possible in any other part of Asia. The summit provides spectacular views of the Karakoram Range including K2 and the Saser peaks.
- 50% advance payment confirms your booking.
- We will transport all your belongings for you so that you only have to carry your day pack with camera, water bottle and jacket.
- We serve three meals a day including snacks and drinks. We provide a variety of tasty healthy food including Indian, Chinese and Western meals with lots of vegetables and fruit.
What is included in the tour
- Road transportation from Leh to Leh by car.
- Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking.
- All meals (Day 1 Lunch to Day 5 Lunch)
- All camping gear including tents and sleeping mattress. Kitchen, Dining and toilet tent
- All climbing Equipment
- Permits and Entrance fees.
- Good English speaking guide, cooks and porters, mules.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Accommodation and Meals in Leh.
- Personal Insurance.
- All alcoholic beverages and personal expenses.
- Good down sleeping bags can be provided at an additional cost of Rs.200 per day.
- Trekking Peak
- Glacier Walk
- Mountaineering Experience
- Interaction with locals and insight into their lifestyle
- highest point 6000m
Leh- Chilling- Skiu (3-4 hrs)
We leave Leh to Chilling by jeep in the morning on the rugged barren field of Taru. En route we see the confluence of Indus and Zanskar River, where we cross the bridge on the Indus River and follow the Zanskar River on rough road for 2-3 hrs. Crossing the mighty Zanskar River is full of thrill and excitement in a cable trolley. On the other side of the river, we will meet our pony man with the horses. After crossing the small pass, it is an easy walk until Skiu. ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Skiu - Ganda La Base 4500 m (5-6 hours)
From Skiu it’s a long walk to our next camp, but very important one in terms of acclimatization, as we will camp very high tonight and cross the high pass the next day. So, we will not hurry and take our time to reach the camp at the Base of Ganda La. Overnight at Ganda La base.
Ganda La base to Rumbak across the Ganda La Pass 4900 m (5-6 hours)
After a light breakfast, we will begin our 2-3hour ascent towards Ganda La (4900m). The usual chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see blue sheep, marmots and arghali roaming the hills around. Views of the lofty Zanskar Range and the distant Himalaya Range are great as well. After a short rest, we will make a gradual descent to base of pass on other side for a break for lunch.
We will finish the day by hiking for 3-hours through a nice land scape before reaching camp at Rumbak (4000m). Overnight stay at Rumbak.
Rumbak to Mankarmo 4200 m via Stok La (5 –6 hrs)
The trail up to the base of Stok La 4900 m starts fairly gradual but becomes steeper as we approach the pass. From the pass, we descend along the mountainside up and down until we reach some stone houses, use by the Stok villagers for summer pasture. Our campsite at Mankarmo is also a first camp for the Stok Kangri approach. The rest of the day will be spent viewing the magnificent Stok Kangri.
Mancarmo – Base Camp 5000 m (3-4 hrs)
Gradually we go higher into a desolate area surrounded by high, snowcapped mountains. At an altitude of 5000m at Base Camp, we will relax and acclimatize before our summit push early the next morning.
Rest/ Acclimatisation Day
Easy Day starts with breakfast and then later we take a short acclimatisation walk. we gain some height to make it easy for summit climb. Back to camp in the afternoon for late lunch. Rest of the day at camp. Early to bed in the evening so we can start early morning/ mid night to the summit.
Base Camp – Summit – Base Camp
Depending on weather and snow conditions, we leave in the middle of night, around 1:00 am. Usually the sky is more clear and the snow harder and easier to walk upon in night/morning when it is colder.
It is a strenuous walk, and in the last part we will most likely use ice axes, crampons and maybe a rope, depending on the snow conditions. However by the time we come close to the top, which usually takes 7-8 hrs, you will forget about the hardship as you will be surrounded by one of the most beautiful sights in the Himalayas. In clear weather the Saser group in the Great Karakoram Range, where K2 lies, can be seen. To bring good fortune, we leave a Khatag – a religious scarf on the peak, which is covered in prayer flags. Leaving the peak, we go down to Base Camp in about 3-4 hrs.
Base Camp – Stok- Leh (4-5 hrs)
This morning we will not hurry and by the time you open your eyes, you realize that you have scaled a peak higher than any mountain in Europe! After breakfast we walk down to Stok where a jeep will take us back to Let