Amongst all the popular treks in Ladakh such as the Indus Valley Trek, Changthang Trek,Markha Valley Trek, Zanskar trek, Monasteries Trek etc, the most exciting and challenging trek in this region is the trek to the Stok Kangri Peak. Stok Kangri is at an amazing height of 20, 080 ft (6, 153 m) and is the highest mountain in the Stok range of Himalayas. It is 24 km from the district of Leh. Even though the Stok Kangri trek is the most glamorous one, it is by no means an easy trek. Only very few people who attempt, succeed to reach the Stok Kangri Peak. People from all over the world come here to endeavor Stok Kangri Trek to the summit.

  • Total Duration of the trip: 07 Nights/ 8 Days
  • Maximum Elevation: 20,500 ft
  • Starting Point of the Trek: Stok Village
  • Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult
  • Price for Foreign Nationals is € 1000 per person(Read FAQ's, Inclusions and Exclusions for further details)
Pictures by John Ericsson

Per Person Cost

₹22,236.00

All Inclusive: Accommodation, Meals, Trek Guide, Equipments, Transfers. Includes Service Tax of 9%

Itinerary

Day 01:Arrive at Leh

Day 1 Arrive at Leh.The breathtakingly stunning view from the aircraft window is just the beginning; there are many surprises left in the box. With deep valleys and gorges, Ladakh has all the bounties and miracles of nature. When you land at the Ladakh airport, the sudden drop in temperature will take you by surprise and send a chill running down your spine. 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. The chill in the air provides slight indication about the temperatures during the trek to Stok Kangri. Take a stroll through the Leh market, there are various shops selling many different kind of stuff. Few of them will even have things that are required for the trek, thus making last minute shopping a good idea in Leh. The night will be spent in a warm and cozy guest house located in the main city of Leh. Here, you can meet your fellow trekkers, the guide and support staff. People in Leh mostly eat vegetarian food, so it is difficult to get non vegetarian food in the area. Dinner provided will be specially rustled to keep you warm and healthy. Go to bed early as next day you will have to be ready for the acclimatization day, necessary for the trek.

Day 02: Leh (Acclimatization day)

Stok Kangri is the tallest mountain in the area, and there is no place in Leh, from where it is not visible. There is no ignoring the huge mountain of Stok Kangri, the final destination of the trek. The morning hot tea is served, which does adds a lot of antioxidants to our body, but most importantly gives motivation to wake up. After a healthy breakfast, the day calls for acclimatization to the harsh and extreme temperature and environmental conditions that will prevail for the rest of the trek. Today you can enjoy the natural and cultural beauty of Leh and its surroundings. You can consider this day to get accustomed with the place and its rich culture and heritage. It is vital to have your first acclimatization night after arriving at altitudes of more than 3000 mts, before you venture out to higher altitudes. Altitude sickness is a common illness among trekkers. This is so serious that trekkers may have to return without completing the trek. All overnight stays are not planned, and during emergency situations like snowfall, blizzards and snow storms, altitude sickness can happen to anyone. For getting used to such altitudes, start off with a little bit of exercise and stretches, as cold tends to slow down your body movements. Explore the city on foot, enjoy the most beautiful mornings ever, the sun rays feels like heaven on our body. For people in their mid-40s and 50s, carrying an oxygen cylinder is a good idea. Go for a visit to Alchi, which is lower than Leh, this will help you to know the terrain better. There are around 10 monasteries and few ancient temples that you can visit.

Day 03: Leh to Mankorma via Stok Village

Today is the actual start of the trek. Deciding to trek in Leh is for many like a dream come true, an experience which is highly valued and rare. Trekking in this part of the country requires strength and serious courage. After breakfast, your guide will give you briefing on the activities ahead. The trekking starts with a drive to Stok village through a paved road. Before you start, always recheck that you have all the required stuff and supplies for the trek. As the drive starts from Leh, you will come across many beautiful and exotic scenes. The drive to the Stok Village is quite adventurous and has bounties of nature never before experienced. Full of lush green, silver birch trees and colourful flowers, there is no better ride. The weather is perfect during summers and roaming around is very peaceful. Stok Village is situated to the south of Leh and is well known for its royal palace and the King of Ladakh who resides here. Experience the immense joy of trekking on snow and open up huge possibilities, for moving ahead. Trek for 8 hours before reaching Mankorma.The walk will traverse through the rough and barren landscape of Ladakh. The landscape is astonishingly beautiful, and the panoramic scenes add glory to it.The winds are quite strong and gusty and might even sway you from side to side.You pass numerous small streams and tiny ponds on the way to Mankorma. There might be instances where you might feel symptoms of altitude sickness.Enjoy the overnight stay in camps under the star gazing sky.

Day 04: Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.)

Day 04 will take you to the Stok Kangri Base Camp. At an altitude of 5000 m the base camp will be the starting point for the summit.It takes roughly 5 hours to reach the campsite, and the trek is breathtaking in its own way. The area has many water bodies around it, and when the sun rays fall on it, the water sparkles like diamonds. The air becomes considerably thinner as you climb. When you reach the base camp you have to try hard to breathe. The temperature here is considerably less than the other places in the trek. After having lunch and an hour of rest,you may opt for the mountain peaks of Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri and many others. This is surely going to make your day and inspire you for the final expedition.

Take some rest in the base camp, to assure that everyone is ready for the extreme days ahead. In the coming days, you will find a drastic change in the climatic conditions and even lack of oxygen is going to affect. For the final climb, adjust your equipments and trekking gear. As the evening falls, get ready for a chilling night . After having dinner, go to bed early, as the day ahead is saved for training.

Day 05: Rest day + Training day

The day will be easy for trekkers. Today is specially meant to know the place and the route to the summit in detail. It is very crucial to know all aspects of team-work and the techniques involved in climbing a peak filled with snow. Your trek leader and guide will train you for the upcoming climb and tell you about all the challenges and possibilities involved. You need to have enough knowledge about the terrain, depth of snow and other environmental aspects before you start climbing Stok Kangri. Snow trekking boots are an absolute necessity as it is slippery on the outside and lets you plough through the snow with ease. Your guide will brief you about the trek plan for the next few days, remember it clearly. At the end of the training period, you will have enough time to take proper rest so that you are prepared for the next day. The upcoming excursion will surely be highly challenging, but will provide immense joy and self-confidence when you make it to the top. The overnight stay as usual will be in camps, but the difference this time is the camps being kneeled onto the snowy ground. Before sleep, you should be in a situation, to take on the summit with a big heart and might. By now, you should be quite familiar with the conditions prevailing during the day and as well as the drastic weather changes during the night.

Day 06: Base camp to Summit and back to Base camp

At the base camp there will be many trekking groups, you can talk to them about their journey to top; it gives an immense boost to confidence.Waking up early is crucial for determining the start time, so make sure that everyone in your group is ready as early as possible. The route goes through glaciers, then through a gradual period of ascent and descent and finally comes to the steep slope to the Stok Kangri ridge. The route starts off with a steep and quite tall ascent, and then the slope will change gradually till the time you reach the glacier. The first couple of hours will be tough and extremely demanding. After 3 hours of trekking, you will finally reach the glacier. Take some rest at this point and don't forget to take pictures.The glacier is the point where the actual climb to the summit ridge starts.The stretch will take 2 to 3 hours to complete depending upon the speed. To walk safely on the thick snow, use your crampons to get a firm grip and avoid slipping.

After a slow and tiring climb, you will finally touch the ridge. Stand up and see how it feels to watch the world from such a height. You can actually very well see that the highest point is still a 2 hour climb away, and the only access to it is via the south shoulder. The shoulder is extremely tough and challenging to traverse. It is very steep at almost 75 degrees and is made up of a narrow channel of rocks. Climb on all fours, any mistake can lead to a fatal fall. After an hour of gruelling climb and tussling with the rocks, the shoulder will ease its way to a much more gradual slope where you can easily walk.The extremely thin air and lack of oxygen will make every step difficult. After a short hike up, you will finally reach the Stok Kangri Summit, the highest trekkable summit in the Indian subcontinent. The summit offers a great view of the area, the Karakoram Range and the Saser Kangri dominates the north, whereas the Zanskar ranges in the south.

Day 07: Base Camp to Leh

This is the final day of your fantastic trek, the unbelievable journey which had all the elements of a high altitude trekking will be over after this day. The first hand mountaineering and expedition experience it provides is comparable to none.The trek back to Leh is exciting and a bit challenging. You will tend to lose balance if you descend very soon, so be careful. Today the walk involved is more than 12 Kms as you need to walk to Stok Village by foot. From there, a drive back to Leh. 5 days continuously on foot will make you nostalgic and devoid of the fun involved with climbs. When you reach Leh, take a hot water bath, it will lessen the pain and fatigue from the trek.

Day 09: Departure From Leh

Departure From Leh

FAQ's

Question 1- Is this Trek Safe for Amateurs

Some Degree of Fitness is required to Complete this trek. An experience into High Altitude Trekking Expeditions is required and can safely complete this trek with in the designated time.

Question 2- What is the maximum Altitude Covered

The maximum altitude covered during the trek is 20888 ft.( Stok Kangri)

Question 3 -How will we deal with altitude acclimation?At higher altitudes

The kind we experience frequently on our treks- your cardiac and pulmonary systems are affected by lower oxygen density. Our bodies must adjust to the mountain elevation gradually, or we can become ill. Physical symptoms can range from general breathing difficulties all the way to acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness, soroche, or "the bends"). To avoid altitude-related maladies, we pace our treks appropriately and incorporate acclimatization days throughout the itinerary. There are points throughout many treks during which trekkers may choose to either tackle additional hikes/day trips or rest and relax as their bodies demand.

Question 4 -How do I Reach Leh

Leh is well Connected via Flight from all Metropolitan cities in India.

Question 5 -How do Foreign Nationals Make the Payment

Prices, Inclusions and Exclusions are different for Foreign and Indian Nationals.Please read the Inclusion and Exclusion thoroughly before making the payment
All Payment solution is available securely by Net banking, International Debit and Credit Cards and Pay pal.

Question 6- What physical criteria will ensure I'm fit enough to trek?

Good overall fitness, flexibility, and healthy will ensure you trek safely and comfortably. Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. If you are in doubt about your own physical readiness, consult a physician well in advance of booking your trip! General hiking experience and comfort with the idea of multi-day hiking will also ensure you are 100% ready to trek!

Question 7- What do I need to know about sun protection?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun's intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sunblock. A sunblock specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses its recommend that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses.

Question 8-What happens if I get sick or injured while trekking?

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid. In the case of altitude sickness, you will immediately be taken to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will rescue you to the nearest Sattelite town.

Question 9-Are solo female travelers safe on Himalayan treks?
We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Indian himalayas, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

Question 10-What communication options exist while trekking?
What communication options exist while trekking?
It varies. Mobile coverage is expanding around the world rapidly, and the Himalayas are no different… did you know that 3G coverage is available all over Mount Everest? There is no guarantee of uninterrupted coverage.

Question 11-What happens If the trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure..?

All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.

Inclusion

  • Inclusions for Indian Travellers


  • 1-Accommodation during the trek (Camping) and Leh guest house (Day 1, Day 2 & Day 8)
    2-All Meals while on trek (Veg.)
    3-All Necessary & High Quality Trek equipment(Tents, Sleeping Bags, Crampon & Ice Axe if required).
    4-First aid medical kits & Oxygen Cylinder
    5-Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
    6-Porterage fees for Carrying Kitchen/camping equipments/Luggage.
    7-Transport from Leh to Road ahead and return.
    8- Service Tax of 9% as per updated government regulations.

  • Inclusions for Foreign Travellers


  • 1-Accommodation during the trek (Camping) and Leh guest house (Day 1, Day 2 & Day 8)
    2-All Meals while on trek (Veg+ Egg)
    3-All Necessary Trek equipment(Tents, Sleeping Bags, Crampon & Ice Axe if required).
    4-First aid medical kits & Oxygen Cylinder.
    5-Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
    6-Porterage fees for Carrying Kitchen/camping equipments/Luggage.
    7-Transport from Leh to Road ahead and return.
    8-IMF Fees for Non Indian Citizens
    9-An additional charge of Rs. 2500 per person as wildlife/environmental charges levied by the government. We are awaiting release of updated circular by concerned authorities in Leh. If the charges are applied,We will pay the charges on behalf of the clients.
    10- Service Tax of 9% as per updated government regulations.

    Exclusion

  • Exclusions for Indians


  • 1- Any airfare / Bus fare / train fare or airport tax
    2- Meals other then mentioned in cost inclusion
    3- Trekking Shoes and clothing and other items of personal belonging.
    4- Any kind of insurance, Medical evacuation charges, Travel insurance, repatriation charges, Damages/ claims of any nature, Expenses of personal nature like telephone calls, Laundry, Any kind of hard or soft drinks.
    5- Any kind of personal clothing
    6-Any other expense not mentioned in the cost inclusion column.
    7- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides , road conditions and any other circumstances
    beyond our control.
    8-Personal porter to carry Luggage

  • Exclusions for Foreign nationals


  • 1- Any airfare / Bus fare / train fare or airport tax
    2- Meals other then mentioned in cost inclusion
    3- Trekking Shoes and clothing and other items of personal belonging.
    4- Any kind of insurance, Medical evacuation charges, Travel insurance, repatriation charges, Damages/ claims of any nature, Expenses of personal nature like telephone calls, Laundry, Any kind of hard or soft drinks.
    5- Any kind of personal clothing
    6-Any other expense not mentioned in the cost inclusion column.
    7- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides , road conditions and any other circumstances
    beyond our control.

    Cancellation Policy

    Case 1- Cancellation from Customer's end

    1-30% of the deposit amount if cancelled 30 days prior to trip start date.
    2-50% of the deposit amount if cancelled 20 days prior to trip start date.
    3-90% of the Full amount if cancelled 10 days prior to trip start date.

    Case 2- Cancellation due to Natural Contingency,Political Turmoil, Disaster

    No Money will be Refunded in Case 2.

    Essentials List

    1 High Quality Winter Jacket
    3 High Quality Winter Fleece
    1 Rain Cover for Body
    2 Pair Warmers
    3 Pair Tre/Riding Pants

    Other Essential

    1 Winter Cap
    1 Pair High QualityGloves
    1 Scarf and Muffler
    1 Trek/Riding Shoe
    1 Think Outer and Thin Inner Socks
    12 Pair: Change Socks Everyday
    1-Back Pack (50-70 lt.)
    1-Rain Cover For Bags
    1-Sandals Slippers for Evenings
    2-Insulated Water bottles
    1- Trekking Pole

    Electronics

    2-Battery packs
    2 10000 MAH BATTERIES
    4-6 Camera Battery pack
    1-Head lamps

    Toilet Essential

    1 Winter Face Creme/Sun Protection
    1 Face Wash
    1 Hand Sanitiser
    1 Deodorant

    Documentation

  • Documentation for Indian Travellers


  • 1- Every Trekker has the responsibility for submitting the required documents within the below mentioned timeline.
    2- A scanned copy of Photo Identity to be submitted within 7 days of the date of booking the expedition.
    3- Signed and scanned copy of the indemnity form

  • Documentation for Foreign nationals


  • 1- Every Trekker has the responsibility for submitting the required documents within the below mentioned timeline.
    2- A scanned copy of Photo Identity to be submitted within 7 days of the date of booking the expedition.
    3- Signed and scanned copy of the indemnity form
    4- Self Attested scanned copy of Indian Visa 30 days prior to trip start date
    5- Self Attested scanned Copy of Passport 30 days prior to trip start date
    6-Schedule for Arrival and Departure in India.
    Available Dates
    Adults:

    What's so great about us!

    Extraordinary, Extreme and Breathtaking Himalayan Expeditions.
    Expert team of certified mountaineering guides.
    High Quality Camping Equipments, Technical Equipments for Climbing and Mountaineering.
    Highly Skilled Bike Leader/Sweeper and Mechanic for Motorbiking Expeditions.
    Huge fleet of Royal Enfield Bikes for Overland Himalayan Motorbiking Expeditions.
    Extensive knowledge of Himalayan Ecosystem and Geographical territory.
    Critical response team well trained for Altitude sickness, High Altitude Acclimatisation Problems and Emergency exits.
    Huge Network of Guesthouses, homestay and Hotels for extraordinary stay.
    Professional team of Film Makers and Photographers for Shoot during Travel.
    High Quality Goodies for Each traveller.