Stok Kangri Trek

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Stok Kangri


Stok Kangri is the highest peak in the Stok region of Ladakh. At a height of 6153 Meters (or 20187 ft.), it offers an ultimate climbing/trekking experience. One can view a lot of high peaks (mostly 7000 Meters+) from Stok summit but the highlight is the K2 peak which is also visible. Stok Kangri Trek is not a technical climb but it requires a good fitness level. Wanderers team ensures highest safety standards for all the trekkers and also do a few briefing sessions for the trekkers attempting Stok Kangri. I am glad that I selected Wanderers for my first attempt.

Stok Kangri has become a famous trekking destination in past few year attracting enthusiasts from all over the world. I was excited right from boarding the plane in Delhi to landing in Leh. We had about 2 days for acclimatization in Leh. Wanderers team planned our sightseeing for the first 2 days. We checked into hotel in Sangkar area of Leh. It was about 10 minute walk from the main city area of Leh. We started our day with visiting the Leh Palace and Shanti stupa which was undoubtedly a serene experience. In the evening, we explored the local market and cafes. The next day, we went to the SECMOL School (a school which is completely solar powered and made of recycled material). It was an experience I will never forget in my life. The practical use of solar cooker to run a kitchen cooking for more than 50 people is just incredible. We also met Sonam Wangchuk who is the mind and soul behind this initiative. He is also the man behind the Ice Stupa (making ice stupas to save water for irrigation in summers). It was a pure delight. We also went to the Hall of Fame museum the same day. Evening was easy and went to bed early We started our trek the next day. It was a cold morning I remember and we drove first to Matho. Our destination for today was Ganpochey. It was a moderate trek to Ganpochey. Wanderers team had the camp set up already with some woods for fire as well. The guide Ali from the Wanderers team kept looking around trying to see if we can spot a snow leopard but we weren't lucky enough. We had a great night along with Music. Cannot thank Devjit enough for the arrangement. We had food and called it a night.
Day 1: Arrive in Leh, check-in hotel

Flights land and push straight to the hotel and have lunch. The same afternoon have a briefing on the map for the route.

Day2: Explore local markets and back to hotel

We explore the local markets and return back in the second half back to the hotel. We have a team briefing to discuss in details the entire trek. If some things need to be bought, could be done in the first half in the local market trip.

Day3. Leh to stok village to Changma (11,500 ft – 11,800 ft – 13,100 ft) (06kms trek/ 5hours)

Stok Kangri Trek

Today we start with the drive from Leh to stok village. This is a 40mins drive crossing through the road that leads to the Hemis monastery. We reach the starting point of our trek. We take the trail to our right and start with a gentle ascent. We trek for 15 to 20mins and reach a cemented hotel and home stay accommodation. Another hour of the trek and we climb a zig-zag steep patch of about 300 metres to reach a top. This top has the Tibetan prayer flags "Om Ma Ne Pad Me Hunm". We take a breather of 10 to 12mins here, enjoy the views and click some pictures. After that we continue trekking for a couple of hours to reach our first campsite – Changma.

Day4. Changma to Mankarmo (13,100 ft – 14,200 ft) (3.5 kms/ 4hours)

Stok Kangri Trek Ladakh

We start from Changma on the right ridge. It is a steep zig-zag climb to the ridge which takes 45mins to an hour. We rest for a few mins and continue our trek. We continue downhill for 30 mins and reach the trail over the stones. From here we spot pointy and sharp edged mountains all around. From here we trek a gradual ascent over stones all the way till our next campsite Mankarmo. It takes a total of 4hours to get to Mankarmo from Changma.

Day 5.Mankarmo to Stok base (14,200 feet – 16,350 feet) (4.5kms/ 4 – 5hours)

From Mankarmo, we start the trek to the base. Today's trek is straight from Mankarmo. After about an hour of trekking we take a left turn into the valley. From here we have a couple of gentle ascends and descends to reach the foot of the hill on which is the Stok base. Right here, many trekkers have spotted the Himalayan Marmots and blue sheep. We climb right above the hill and see the cemented structure with the Tibetan prayer flags. Another 15mins of walk from these flags and we reach the Stok base.

Day 6 & Day7) Stok base to Stok Kangri summit back to base (16,350 feet – 20,150 feet) (14kms/ 10-11hours)

Stok Kangri Ladakh

On this 6 th day of the trek, we wake up by 7 am and have breakfast. Today we do an acclimatization walk to the ridge on the right side. This is a 45mins walk with a steep ascent. This ridge walk is the same route that leads to the summit. Sometimes we get airtel networks at this top. We spend about 15mins here and get back to the base. On any clear day we would be able to see the Stok kangri summit trek right in front of us and our base camp right behind us from this top. We get back to the base for lunch followed by a brief about things to carried and used during the night. We rest in our tents till evening. Have an early dinner and rest further more. We wake up by 10pm, get ready and leave for the summit. We reach the same top over the ridge in about 45mins, take a breather and continue to trek. From this top we trek over a gentle ascent for about a couple of hours to reach the foot of the glacier. From the glacier we start the climb with fixed ropes to reach the final ridge that takes us straight to the summit. This ridge walk is about 300 to 400 metres however it is super windy making it tough to negotiate. We reach the top of the Summit at 20,850 feet by 8am. We spend 10 to 15mins enjoying the views and click some pictures to retrace our footsteps back to the base. Getting down to the base would be equally tiring and exerting. We reach base, have warm fluids with meals and rest for the remaining day.

Day8. Stok base to Mankarmo to Changma (16,350 feet – 14,200 feet – 13,100 feet) (8kms/ 5-6hours)

We start from the stok base and descend to Changma. Because we are losing altitude and gaining oxygen, we start feeling more energetic. We rest at Changma for the day.

Day9. Changma to Stok village to Leh (13,100 feet – 11,800 feet – 11,500 feet) (6kms/ 3- 4hours)

We trek from Changma to Leh for about 3 to 4 hours ending our trek at Stok village. From Stok village we drive back to Leh and reach our accommodation in about 45 mins to an hour. We have a closing ceremony by the evening and have a gala dinner and call it off a night.

Day10. Leh to taxi stand/ airport (20mins drive)
As per the travel plans we take our flight/ taxi out of Leh just after a good breakfast.
Total trek distance – 42 to 43kms (including acclimatization walk)

Altitudes:

Leh – 11,500 feet – Stok village – 11,800 feet – Changma – 13,100 feet – Mankarmo – 14,200 feet – Stok base – 16,350 feet – Stok summit – 20,150 feet

Inclusions:

Meals – All the meals mentioned above from Leh to Leh
Accommodation – 2 nights before the trek and 1 night after the trek in a hotel in Leh
Travels – Drive - Leh to Stok village on day 3 – Drive - Stok village to Leh on day 9
Camping on double/ triple sharing basis
A certified wilderness first aid responder and a qualified skilled mountaineer as the trek leader
2 guide for a group of maximum 12-14 trekkers. Generally it is 1 guide to about 6 members.
All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
Clean sleeping bags
Camping Mattresses
2 Toilet Tents – clean and hygienic (generally separate for males and females)
First aid medical kit with medical assistance for the trekkers
Oxygen cylinder with oxy meter for a close daily check-up
Camping and trekking permits and permissions from IMF

Exclusions:

Service tax 5% (as per the current in GST)
Transport to and fro from Leh
Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
Any meals/services not mentioned above
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
Insurance
Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
Price : INR 27,825/- PP (incl. 5% GST)
Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of M/S Wanderers payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway.

Bank details:

Yes Bank
New Friends Colony
Account Number: 006961900002710
Account Type: Current Account
Name: M/S Wanderers
IFS Code: YESB0000069
Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips.

Cancellation Policy:

45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15 Days: No refund

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