Stok Kangri 6153m 9 Days & 8 Nights

Stok Kangri 6153m
Overview

Ladakh Trekking Peak - Stok Kangri 6,153 meters / 20187 Feet

The magnificient Stok Kangri 6153 m. situated on the southern skyline of Leh. Widely seen from Leh and near by is an ideal peak for those seeking first 6000m. in Indian Himalaya. Declared a open trekking peak by Indian mountaineering foundations. Anyone  physically fit can find this Stok Kangri like dream experience come true. From the summit stunning views of Karakoram range, ladakh range and zanskar range. During clear sky K2 even can be seen at far distance.
We climb very steeply out of Choksti. Crossing the Palam peak (5380m) descent to Ganda La (4800m) in to Rumbak valley and across Stok La to Stok. Where our trip ends. Making Choksti a base camp for climbing Stok Kangri. Stok Kangri climbing is not technically difficult and is worth with a magnificent view of the Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain range.

 300 meters before summit

OUTLINE ITINERARY
Day 1  Drive Leh - Nimu - Choksti (3210m)
Day 2  Trek Choksti dok (4250m)
Day 3  Trek base of Skyangs La (4900m)
Day 4  Trek Skyangs La (5040m) - Ganda la (4900m) - Base (4400m)

Day 5  Trek Yurutse - Rumbak (4050m) – Base Stok La (4300m)
Day 6  Trek Stok La (4900m) – Mankarmo (4380m)
Day 7  Trek Base camp (5000 m) 
Day 8  Ascent Stok Kangri (6153 m) 
Day 9  Trek Stok, 5 hrs, drive Leh

Stok Kangri view from Mankarmo


DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 0    Morning flight from Delhi to Leh (3500m) or arrive Leh - Acclimatize
Today morning early transfer or drive to domestic airport for the flight to Leh, but spectacular flight over the Himalaya to Leh. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude of 3500m as well as visit Leh bazaar. visit the Royal Palace of Leh from the 16th century, continue through the fields of Sankar monastery , which is adjoins the north Leh. Finally end with climb to the Shanti Stupa. Overnight in hotel. 


Leh Royal Palace


Day 0    Acclimatize: Visit Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Matho - Stok
After breakfast, we drive to visit Shey first, than Thiksey. Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa School in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built it in 14th century. Here you can see the big statue of the Future Buddha. Continue to Taktok and Chemdey and return back to visit Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes 90 minute drive. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal builds this biggest monastery in 16th century. Continue to Matho than we drive to Stok which is situated opposite of Leh at a distance of 14 kms, At Stok visit of Royal Palace built during 1825 AD and palace has great collections of antiquity. Continue to visit Matho situated 10 kms from Stok, which has 10th century complex. Finally we drive back to Leh

Hemis gompa


Day 1    Drive Leh - Nimu - Choksti (3210m)
Setting off from Leh, you drive Leh - Srinagar highway along the Indus river to Nimu. Leaving behind highway at Nimu / Nimo / Nimmoo, you enter in awesome Zanskar River valley. Continue drive along the road as far as to Choksti. Easy trek through stunning and exquisite gorges along left bank of downstream Zanskar. Cross motor bridge then turn right and take villager trail that leads to Choksti village. Continue easy ascend few minutes towards the beautiful small village Choksti (few houses). Explore the culture of village by visiting local house. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the valley and surrounding huge spectacular mountains. Overnight camp at Choksti.

Alchi gompa

Lamayuru


Day 2    Trek Choksti dok (4250m)
From Choksti it goes slowly but consistently upward in the Stok Range Mountains. A fairly hard first days walking as we climb very steeply out of Choksi. As we ascend the valley narrows and becomes more and more spectacular. Looking back we can see the magnificent rock formations of the Ladakh Mountains. The dramatic mountains in various shades of purples, greens and browns can be seen for miles in every direction. The last trees and shrubs remain, barren, wild high mountain scenery surrounds you, and only along the watercourses thrives vibrant green. With a little luck you can watch the first mountain goats, marmots and Blue Sheep’s today. The tents are on a beautiful green square in the Choktsi dok. Anyone who wants can still take a trip to a lookout point with around 4480 m altitude after tea. Overnight camp

Steep ascent from Choksti


Day 3    Trek base of Skyangs La (4900m) / a.k.a base Palam peak
A short stage leads through fascinating landscapes with colorful rock formations that are so typical of Ladakh. Up to just below the Kang La base (4900), again with extensive views of the five peaks of the Ladakh-group in the north, beyond the Indus Valley. We are not alone up here: marmots, blue sheep, mountain goats and Dzos (crossing yak / cow) keep us company. In the vast alpine meadows to find edelweiss, are our tents in the middle ... After lunch is still a trip to a 5056 m high ridge possible, which offers a view from Indus valley with Leh to Stok Kangri. This is one of the most spectacular wild camps with great views across to the Karakoram.

Base of Skyang La / Palam


Day 4    Trek Skyangs La (5040m) - Ganda la (4900m) - Base (4400m)
Today is a hard day as we cross our first pass. The climb is a long ascent, which is gradual at first with a last steep rocky section to the top of the Kang La (5,260m). The paths are little used and can be indistinct. From the top of the pass we have the opportunity to walk up Palam Peak (5,380m) for views second only to the view from the summit of Stok Kangri. Ahead we can now see the summit of Stok Kangri and in the distance is Leh. Behind us the Ladakh Range and Himalaya can be seen for miles. From the top we descend a little and then contour round into the next valley. As the trail contours round the top of the valley we have great views across to Stok Kangri. Descending a short way we have another magnificent wild high camp at 4,900m for acclimatisation with views across to Stok Kangri. (Please note that occasionally if the weather is bad or there is no water we cannot camp here and have to continue on and camp below the Ganda La). 

First view of Stok Kangri after crossing Skyangs La - Approaching to Ganda La


Day 5    Trek Yurutse - Rumbak (4050m) – Base Stok La (4300m)
An easy day today after the exertions of yesterday. We contour round the valley and on up to our second pass, the Ganda La (4,800m). This pass provides access into the Markha Valley. Today awaits us, as a reward for the day yesterday, again a shorter trip. From the pass we descend into a beautiful valley and met the picturesque hamlet Yurutse, 4150 m, in the midst of a green oasis is located. Further down we cross the river on a wooden bridge and go to the idyllic village Rumbak, 4000 m, turn a green oasis in the majestic Stok Mountains. You can explore the village and Gompa. Especially impressive is the way of life adapted to the nature of the Ladakhis, who live mainly by agriculture throughout the year. The way on leads out from Rumbak the next camp, with a small stream and overlooking the Stok La pass.

Yurutse


Day 6    Trek Stok La (4900m) – Mankarmo (4380m)
Leaving camp we cross the Stok La (4,900m), our last pass of the trek. At first we trek on a beautiful, gently sloping trail, but then the path becomes steeper and steeper as it zigzags up to the top of the pass. Rock flutes rise all around us, home to the elusive snow leopard. From the top the views are even more spectacular; layer upon layer of multicoloured rock cathedrals are spread before us in every direction. The descent is very steep at first and then we contour round two valleys to the junction with the river coming down from Stok Kangri. Continue along the river to campsite at Mankarmo

Final ascent to Stok La


Day 7  Trek Base camp (5000 m) 
From Munikarmo we climb straight up the moraine which stands above camp. There are few, very small crevasses which are crossed easily. Overnight camping

Base of Stok Kangri


Day 8  Ascent Stok Kangri (6153 m) 
Today an early start to climb to summit. This peak does not require any technical mountaineering capability. Our route initially crosses scree and boulder slopes and then leads to easy angled snow slopes which require ice axe, rope and crampons. The route is not difficult but at this altitude it will be strenuous. From the summit of Stok Kangri (6153m), we could see as far as the Karakoram ranges, Lartse peak and Gelup Kangri and of course Leh city. Retrace your step way back to base-camp or all the way to Munikarmo. 

Summit of Stok Kangri


Day 9  Trek Stok, 5 hrs, drive Leh
Keeping on the left bank of the Stok Nallah, the trail descends, going past the jagged ruins of the Staklang Kar fort. At its base is a thick grove of willow. The trail is well worn, being used for the summer movement of cattle and sheep to the higher pastures. The small gorge opens on to an alluvial plain. The trail through apricot orchards and barley fields, ending at the village of Stok and the Ladakh Sarai. There should be time to visit Stok Palace and Museum while we wait for our jeep. Then an hour drive to Leh, and overnight stay at hotel 

Small pass on the way the Stok


Day + At Leh, optional drive to Khardung La 5602m
Today morning visit Khardung La 5602m, highest motorable pass on world, it will take 4-5 hrs to and fro. Afternoon explore local market.

Khardung la 

Day +  Morning flight to Delhi and evening flight to home town
Early morning drive to airport and flight to Delhi and onwards flight to home

COST INCLUDES
ü
  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary Leh to Leh.

ü  8 nights camp with all camping facilities.  3 men spacious 4 season tents for 2,  sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears.

ü  Climbing gear: rope, ice axe, harnesses, gaitors, crampons, climbing boots, slings, carabineers, ascenders.

ü  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.

ü  Support staff: Qualified climbing guide, cook & camp crew.

ü  Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.

ü  Camping fee,  trekking permits, peak fee.

ü  Goods and services tax.

ü  First aid medical kit.

 

 

"Thanks Prem and the Potala Adventure team for organizing a fantastic trekking expedition to the summit of Stok Kangri in August this year over a 10 days period.
For our team of 3 from Australia (Ken, Scott and Michael) we encountered near perfect weather and thorough acclimatization through the Ladakh valley which resulted in a successful summit of Stok Kangri. We especially give thanks to our main guide Sherab, our climbing guide Raina, our cook and assistant, the horseman and of course 7 hardworking horses who carried all of the expedition gear and we all had a truly wonderful and exciting time trekking throughout the 10 days period.
Our main guide Sherab had excellent knowledge on all aspects of the region as well as logistics for our team and the climbing guide was also excellent in both knowledge and skill and safety aspects higher up the mountain when we needed it both. Our trek was relaxed and most often humorous and testimony to how we all got on so well as a team.
Our main cook and assistant actually knew a Nepali guide (Netra) we had on a recent trip to Nepal who was our guide on Annapurna circuit a year earlier so in an instance we had a rapport straight away with both of them and shared many jokes together.
The cook produced the most amazing meals each day with great presentation throughout the 10 day period and with such a great variety that we ate different dishes most days, in fact there was so much food that we quite often couldn't finish on some days. We started each day (on time) with warm washing water and breakfast and the routine was excellent and prepared us well for each day of trekking. Lunches were in the form of sandwiches, fruits, fruit juice and a chocolate bar or sweet on most days in a tight proof container which didn't spoil the meal - again excellent idea.
A special mention to the horseman (and his team of horses) who prepared his horses each day with no problem and we were amazed how much each morning he had to go and round up the horses who were away from the camps in surrounding valleys etc so to him a job well done.
At all times during the trek we felt safe and had excellent equipment and nothing was a problem for your team, we had a great time and everything was well planned and logistically well organized professionally throughout the trek, and because of this we have walked away with lifelong memories and friends from this trip to the summit of Stok Kangri.
Prem and team well done on a fantastic job and we would not hesitate to recommend Potala Adventures to anyone thinking of trekking in India - we had an amazing experience!! Thank you"
Mr Ken Harrison and group- BRISBANE - AUSTRALIA - 12 October

 

Package Itinerary
  • Day 1 Drive Leh - Nimu - Choksti (3210m)

    Setting off from Leh, you drive Leh – Srinagar highway, along the Indus River to Nimu / Nimo / Nimmoo. Leaving behind highway at Nimo, you enter in awesome Zanskar River valley. Continue drive along the road as far as to Choksti. Easy trek through stunning and exquisite gorges along left bank of downstream Zanskar. Cross motor bridge then turn right and take villager trail that leads to Choksti village. Continue easy ascend few minutes towards the beautiful small village Choksti (few houses). Explore the culture of village by visiting local house. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the valley and surrounding huge spectacular mountains. Overnight camp at Choksti.

  • Day 2 Trek Choksti dok (4250m)

    From Choksti it goes slowly but consistently upward in the Stok Range Mountains. A fairly hard first days walking as we climb very steeply out of Choksi. As we ascend the valley narrows and becomes more and more spectacular. Looking back we can see the magnificent rock formations of the Ladakh Mountains. The dramatic mountains in various shades of purples, greens and browns can be seen for miles in every direction. The last trees and shrubs remain, barren, wild high mountain scenery surrounds you, and only along the watercourses thrives vibrant green. With a little luck you can watch the first mountain goats, marmots and Blue Sheep’s today. The tents are on a beautiful green square in the Choktsi dok. Anyone who wants can still take a trip to a lookout point with around 4480 m altitude after tea. Overnight camp 

  • Day 3 Trek base of Skyangs La (4900m)

    A short stage leads through fascinating landscapes with colorful rock formations that are so typical of Ladakh. Up to just below the Kang La base (4900), again with extensive views of the five peaks of the Ladakh-group in the north, beyond the Indus Valley. We are not alone up here: marmots, blue sheep, mountain goats and Dzos (crossing yak / cow) keep us company. In the vast alpine meadows to find edelweiss, are our tents in the middle ... After lunch is still a trip to a 5056 m high ridge possible, which offers a view from Indus valley with Leh to Stok Kangri. This is one of the most spectacular wild camps with great views across to the Karakoram.

  • Day 4 Trek Skyangs La (5040m) - Ganda la (4900m) - Base (4400m)

    Today is a hard day as we cross our first pass. The climb is a long ascent, which is gradual at first with a last steep rocky section to the top of the Kang La (5,260m). The paths are little used and can be indistinct. From the top of the pass we have the opportunity to walk up Palam Peak (5,380m) for views second only to the view from the summit of Stok Kangri. Ahead we can now see the summit of Stok Kangri and in the distance is Leh. Behind us the Ladakh Range and Himalaya can be seen for miles. From the top we descend a little and then contour round into the next valley. As the trail contours round the top of the valley we have great views across to Stok Kangri. Descending a short way we have another magnificent wild high camp at 4,900m for acclimatisation with views across to Stok Kangri. (Please note that occasionally if the weather is bad or there is no water we cannot camp here and have to continue on and camp below the Ganda La).

  • Day 5 Trek Yurutse - Rumbak (4050m) – Base Stok La (4300m)

    An easy day today after the exertions of yesterday. We contour round the valley and on up to our second pass, the Ganda La (4,800m). This pass provides access into the Markha Valley. Today awaits us, as a reward for the day yesterday, again a shorter trip. From the pass we descend into a beautiful valley and met the picturesque hamlet Yurutse, 4150 m, in the midst of a green oasis is located. Further down we cross the river on a wooden bridge and go to the idyllic village Rumbak, 4000 m, turn a green oasis in the majestic Stok Mountains. You can explore the village and Gompa. Especially impressive is the way of life adapted to the nature of the Ladakhis, who live mainly by agriculture throughout the year. The way on leads out from Rumbak the next camp, with a small stream and overlooking the Stok La pass.

  • Day 6 Trek Stok La (4900m) – Mankarmo (4380m)

    Leaving camp we cross the Stok La (4,900m), our last pass of the trek. At first we trek on a beautiful, gently sloping trail, but then the path becomes steeper and steeper as it zigzags up to the top of the pass. Rock flutes rise all around us, home to the elusive snow leopard. From the top the views are even more spectacular; layer upon layer of multicoloured rock cathedrals are spread before us in every direction. The descent is very steep at first and then we contour round two valleys to the junction with the river coming down from Stok Kangri. Continue along the river to campsite at Mankarmo

  • Day 7 Trek Base camp (5000 m)

    From Munikarmo we climb straight up the moraine which stands above camp. There are few, very small crevasses which are crossed easily. Overnight camping

  • Day 8 Ascent Stok Kangri (6153 m)

    Today an early start to climb to summit. This peak does not require any technical mountaineering capability. Our route initially crosses scree and boulder slopes and then leads to easy angled snow slopes which require ice axe, rope and crampons. The route is not difficult but at this altitude it will be strenuous. From the summit of Stok Kangri (6153m), we could see as far as the Karakoram ranges, Lartse peak and Gelup Kangri and of course Leh city. Retrace your step way back to base-camp or all the way to Munikarmo.

  • Day 9 Trek Stok, 5 hrs, drive Leh

    Keeping on the left bank of the Stok Nallah, the trail descends, going past the jagged ruins of the Staklang Kar fort. At its base is a thick grove of willow. The trail is well worn, being used for the summer movement of cattle and sheep to the higher pastures. The small gorge opens on to an alluvial plain. The trail through apricot orchards and barley fields, ending at the village of Stok and the Ladakh Sarai. There should be time to visit Stok Palace and Museum while we wait for our jeep. Then an hour drive to Leh. Trip ends.

Inclusions

Cost includes
ü
  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary Leh to Leh.

ü  8 nights camp with all camping facilities.  3 men spacious 4 season tents for 2,  sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears.

ü  Climbing gear: rope, ice axe, harnesses, gaitors, crampons, climbing boots, slings, carabineers, ascenders.

ü  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.

ü  Support staff: Qualified climbing guide, cook & camp crew.

ü  Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.

ü  Camping fee,  trekking permits, peak fee.

ü  Goods and services tax.

ü  First aid medical kit.

Exclusions

Cost excludes
×     Domestic flight Delhi - Leh, Leh airport pickup on request.
×     Hotel in Leh and Delhi. Room reservation on request and also Delhi airport transfer on request.
×     Travel insurance.
×     Soft or hard drinks.
×     Entrance fee at monasteries
×     Personal tipping to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, driver. 
×     Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding beyond trip Schedule.

Cancellation Policy

1) Cancellation prior to 35 days - full refund
2) Cancellation prior to 28 days - 50% refund
3) Cancellation prior to 21 days - no refund will be made. You lose the deposit amount. We will refund any other paid amount.
4) No refund will be made if you cancel your trek during its course. This applies right from first day.

PS: In case of cancellation of trip – we reimburse the advance payment, by taking the applicable amount due to organization of trip. If it doesn’t apply the total amount will be refunded. Things will change, sudden news can cause you to cancel the trip. We do our best in this regard, mail or call us.

Terms and Conditions

 

  • When you confirmed a trip, 25% of the total amount - advance booking deposit is required
  • 21 to 120 days for trips in Kullu Manali, Lahaul Spiti Kinnaur, Miyar Kishtwar and 60 to 365 days for trips in Ladakh Zanskar, Uttarakhand and Nepal.
  • Rest of the balance of 75%, prior to departure of trip upon arrival at Manali, Leh, Shimla, Rishikesh, New Delhi & Kathmandu.
  • + add bank transfer fee.

 

 

Reviews

Trekking Tour Lamayuru - Chilling - Zingchen - Stok Kangri Duration: 14 Days Start/End: 16.7. - 29.7 Group: 8 Austrians (Gmunden) “OVERALL we were very satisfied with the professional organization of the tour. In perticulara food was excellent* and equipment were above average. The crew was very friendly and helpful. Unexpected circumstances (weather, landslides) were managed professionaly by the guide. * (Variety of tasteful Indian and Nepali food). HIGHLIGHTS: Trek Lanaq - Chilling (wonderful ...

Mr Holzmann & group - Gmunden - AUSTRIA - 29 July
Mr Holzmann & Group - Gmunden - AUSTRIA - 29 July

"Thanks Prem and the Potala Adventure team for organizing a fantastic trekking expedition to the summit of Stok Kangri in August this year over a 10 days period. For our team of 3 from Australia (Ken, Scott and Michael) we encountered near perfect weather and thorough acclimatization through the Ladakh valley which resulted in a successful summit of Stok Kangri. We especially give thanks to our main guide Sherab, our climbing guide ...

Mr Ken Harrison, Scott and Michael - Brisbane - AUSTRALIA - 22 August
Mr Ken Harrison, Scott And Michael - Brisbane - AUSTRALIA - 22 August


Trip details


HIGHLIGHTS
Ladakh trekking peak
Pre summit superb acclimatization trek
Indus valley sight-seeing
Rumbak valley the snow leopard home
Hemis high altitude park
View of Ladakh & Karakorum range

TRIP FACTS
Trekking & Mountaineering
14 days Delhi to Delhi
11 days Leh to Leh
Max altitude - 6153 m / 20,187 Ft
Best time - Mid June to Oct end
4 nights hotel in Leh
8 nights camping, 9 days trekking

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