Stok Kangri is a great peak that has gained tremendous popularity in recent years. Stok Kangri like in the beauty of Ladakh, located in the northern state of India. Leh is situated at an altitude of around 3500 metres above sea level. It is the most adventurous place for trekking enthusiasts in India. The stunning landscape attains a huge magnificence. Stok Kangri peak gives you a whole view of the Zanskar and the Indus Valley.
Day 1:- Arrival Leh
Altitude:- 3500 m/11,500 ft
You can reach Leh by flight or through road transport. The flight would save you time and money.
Our trek to Stok Kangri starts with arrival to Leh. You can reach Leh from Delhi.
If you plan to take the road, you should either go to Srinagar or Manali to start to Leh. Acclimatize yourself to Leh’s weather. You can purchase or rent trekking equipment in Leh. You will be checking in a hotel.
Day 2:- Leh (Acclimatization day)
Leh is naturally beautiful and rich in culture. Indulge yourself in exploring Leh’s stunning scenery while you get accustomed to the local weather. There are several monasteries like Shey, Thiksey, Hemis and Sangam in the town. You can also visit many ancient temples and spend your day in sightseeing You would have enough time to see them all. Your overnight stay will be in Leh. Hotels can be accessed easily at affordable rates.
Day 3:- Leh to Chang Ma via Stok Village
Altitude:- 3,950 m/12,950 ft
Stok Village:- 3,500 m/11,500 ft
The day starts with a 15-kilometre 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 adventurous as you would pass through lush green trees.
Many travellers consider Leh as living their dreams. No wonder, you would feel you are in heaven. Your day will be packed with an adventurous drive and a moderate trek. You will have lunch at campsite. You will be trekking to Chang Ma by covering about 5.5 kilometres. This 4-hour trek could be challenging but the joy of snow would make your journey pleasant. You will stay overnight in tents.
Day 4:- Chang Ma to Mankorma
Altitude:- 4350 m/14,300 ft
Your entire day would be trekking through the barren grey landscape of Ladakh. From chang ma, you will trek up to Mankorma for 3 hours covering 3.5 kilometres. The true beauty of Ladakh can be witnessed as you trek in the cold desert. You will cross the small streams a few times while trekking. The fourth day is an easy trek beside the river. Your overnight stay will be in a tent.
Day 5:- Mankorma to Base camp
Altitude:- 4900 m/16,000 ft
From Mankorma, a 4-hour trek would take you back to the base camp. This exotic base camp lies in a grassy area and gives you a pleasant experience. This area has several lakes and streams. Some beautiful peaks like Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri and others can be explored during the day. You would get time to acclimatize to the weather, which is a necessary preparation for the next few days drastic climatic change.
Day 6:- Rest day + training day
There are challenges ahead for the upcoming trek. this day is meant for rest and training.
You will be briefed on different terrains and guided how to use hiking equipment. The trek leader will share the plan for the summit late at night. By now, you should get familiar with climatic conditions during day and night.
Day 7:- Base camp to Stok Kangri back to Base camp
Altitude:- 6153 m/20,180 ft
The most awaited big climb is here. You should wake up early to for the hike. The trail goes through glaciers and then comes to steep slopes to the summit ridge. Make sure you are prepared mentally for a long climb. You will pack breakfast and lunch at campsite. It takes between 9 to 10 hours for average trekkers to climb. After a couple of hours of trek, you should reach the summit of the ridge. The view of the wide and open surroundings gives you a royal feeling. On your north, you can view the Karakoram range the Zanskar ranges in the South. You will stay overnight in a tent.
Day 8:- Base camp to Stok Village and drive to Leh
The final day of your trek will be an amazing experience. After the strenuous trek, you would see a lot of snow-covered beauty and gorgeous mountain ranges. You would start coming back from Base camp to Leh and this would take about 6 hours. After you reach Leh, you will cover up to Stok Village by walk. Stok village is the final trekking spot. From Stok village to Leh, you would have to take a 15-kilometres drive. With a nostalgic experience, you return back to Leh and check-out the hotel.
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