A perfect opportunity for trekkers who wish to summit their first Himalayan Peak. Stok Kangri is one of the main peaks of the Zanskar range standing tall at the height of 20,182 ft. (6,153 m).The adventure filled expedition travels through remote valleys, scattered high villages and past hilltop monasteries to the base of the mountain.
Day 1. Arrive at Leh: The best option to get to Leh is via air. All major airlines provide flight services from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi to Leh. Flights to Leh are scheduled to reach before noon or latest by 3pm. The average temperature in Leh stays around the 10 degree C mark, and during winters it can drop down to a bone chilling -20 degrees C or even lower. The air has a distinct freshness and crispiness in it and you will feel like breathing pure air. Take a stroll through the Leh market, there are various shops selling many different kind of stuff. Go to bed early as next day you will have to be ready for the acclimatization day, necessary for the trek.
Day 2. Leh-sightseeing: Enjoy the cultural and natural beauty of Leh. This can be considered as a day to get familiar with the town and also acclimatize to the weather. Lah is culturally a rich place. There are dozens of monasteries and ancient temples that you can go around. They are located in and around the town. Therefore you would be getting enough time to go around the place in a day.
Day 03. Drive Leh‐Stok Village trekking point and trek to Mankarmo(4/5 hrs trekking) This is a day when you would enjoy a great drive and have an enjoyable trekking experience. The day starts with a drive to Stok village. At the start of the drive from Leh, you would go through many exotic and beautiful scenes. The drive to the Stok village is an adventurous one and if full of natural beauty and lush green trees. The day 3 is however the day when you trek to Mankarmo (4/5 hrs trekking).
Day 04. Trek Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.) A few hours trek takes you back to the base camp. This exotic base camp is a pleasurable place. It lies in a grassy area. This area has a number of water bodies in the form of lakes and water streams. During the day time, you can walk on the upper areas of the campsite and enjoy the views of the surroundings. There are some beautiful peaks like Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri and many others. You can also take rest in the base camp. You would get time to acclimatize to the weather.
Day 05. Acclamatization Day This day is an easy day for trekkers. You would enjoy the time for going around and knowing the place to a much better extent. It is essentially a day to train for the upcoming trek and know the possibilities and challenges that are involved in it.
Day 06. Base camp (16300 ft.) to Stok Kangri (20080 ft.) back to base camp. This is a long climb, so you should be mentally strong and prepared psychologically. It would take somewhere between 9 to 10 hours for average climbers. Slow climbers may take another 2 to 3 hours in addition. At the start of the trek, after a couple of hours, you should reach to the summit of the ridge. The summit offers you great views of the area. The wide and open surroundings give you a royal feeling. Towards the north, you would get a view of the Karakoram range. The Saser Kangri dominates the sky in the north along with the Karakoram, and the Zansker ranges in the south. The overnight stay, as usual, would be in tents.
Day 07. Spare Summit Day ‐ Overnight at base camp.
Day 08. Trek Base Camp - Stok village then drive to Leh (6 hrs).
Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road blockages due to uncalled-for-incidences/natural calamities and/or any factors beyond control.
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Day 1: Report at Leh. Acclimatize and overnight at guest house.
Day 2: Leh-sightseeing.
Day 3: Drive Leh‐Stok Village trekking point and trek to Mankarmo (4/5 hrs trekking)
Day 4: Trek Mankarmo - Base Camp (4/5 hrs)
Day 5: Acclamatization Day
Day 6: Base camp (16300 ft.) to Stok Kangri (20080 ft.) back to Base Camp [8-9 hrs].
Day 7: Spare Summit Day ‐ Overnight at base camp.
Day 8: Trek Base Camp - Stok village then drive to Leh (6 hrs).
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