Mt. Stok Kangri Climb
Mid July – Mid September
This tour offers a chance to ascend a 6120m trekking peak. After an initial stay of 3 days in Leh to aid acclimatization, we work our way to the base camp over a few days to maximize chances of summit attempt. The summit offers great views of the Indus Valley and the Karakoram and the Stok Matho Range. This tour is best suited for ‘fit trekkers’.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Treks And Walks
Activity Level Strenuous
Group Size Small Group
- Climbing a 6000m plus peak in the Himalayas
- Breathtaking view from the top
- 24 years of our expertise in trekking along with a dedicated staff and very experienced tour leader helps in fulfilling your summit wishes.
- Type of tour : Treks & Walks
- Grade : Strenuous
- Maximum Altitude : 6120m/20,080 ft.
- Tour Duration : 12 Nights
- Trek Duration : 08 Nights/09 Days
- Best Season : Mid Jul. – Mid Sep.
- Ex-Destination : Leh
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 04; Camping – 08
- Food Plan : Leh – Bed & breakfast basis; On the Trek – All meals included.
- Travel & Transport : Transfers and sightseeing in SUV/MUV.
- Leh – Bed & breakfast basis; On the Trek – All meals included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner only).
- Transfers and sightseeing in SUV/MUV.
- Complimentary Duffel Bag, Sack & Cap.
- Necessary porterage and camping and climbing equipment on the trek & climb.
- Stok Kangri climbing fees.
- Local Guide on the trek cum climbing guide for Stok Kangri.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- Travel to & from Leh.
- Camera fees.
- Monument visit fees.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to porters, camping team, driver, guide, etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary because of natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
- Items not specified in the above in “Cost Includes”.
We can customize a similar tour to suit your requirements or if you are an independent traveller you can check our Countryside Fixed Departures.
Arrival in Leh (3500m/11,484 ft.)
We have pick-up at the airport and drive to our hotel. The rest of the day is spent in acclimatization walks and an orientation walk in the market of Leh. To aid acclimatization it is necessary to have plenty of water along with rest. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Leh - Half day sightseeing
We have a late start and relax in the morning. Post lunch we step out for an orientation and acclimatization excursion around Leh. We then visit Leh Palace, Hall of fame and head to Shanti Stupa which is a Buddhist white domed stupa on a hilltop in Changspa. We enjoy the panoramic view of the city at sunset. From here we leave the vehicles and head down to Leh taking some quite back roads and into the Leh market to wander around at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Leh – Full day sightseeing
This day is for taking in the sights of Leh and to use this as an opportunity to acclimatize further. We visit Hemis Monastery, Thiksey Monastery and Stok Palace.
Hemis stands on the western bank of the Indus River. The monastery also boasts of a very rich collection of ancient relics. The Hemis Monastery also serves as the venue of an annual festival, known as the Hemis Festival.
Thiksey houses one of the largest Buddhist statues, the 15-meter-tall Champa, the Buddha of Future. Thiksey is one of the most frequented and photogenic monasteries in Ladakh. About a hundred plus monks live here.
The Stok Palace is where the current royal family lives in Stok Palace. The museum at the Stok Palace has an intriguing collection of Buddhist art, weapons, jewellery and artifacts, including thangkas painted with colors derived from crushed precious stones. Also on display are the ceremonial head dresses or ’peraks’ of the erstwhile rulers of Ladakh. These headdresses are decorated with turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral and gold, making them an exotic sight.
We then visit Leh Palace, Hall of fame and head to Shanti Stupa which is a Buddhist white domed stupa on a hilltop in Changspa. We enjoy the panoramic view of the city at sunset. From here we can choose to leave the vehicles and walk down to Leh taking some quite back roads and into the Leh market to wander around at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Drive from Leh – Shang (3809m/12,497 ft.); Trek to Shang La Base (4328m/14,200 ft.; 4-6 hrs)
A two-hour drive from Leh takes you to Shang. Our Trek starts from here. The trail becomes steeper as you make your way to the shepherd’s camp of Shang Pu situated at an altitude of 13,900 ft., a clump of juniper trees with a small shrine marks the pasture. You reach the campsite at a junction of two valleys. This is a typical Ladakhi pastoral setting encompassing small stone huts called phu-lusthat which serve as summer dwellings. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Shang La Base.
Shang La Base – Shang La (4968m/16,300 ft.) - Gyang Poche (4145m/13,600 ft.; 6-7 hrs)
We take the valley on the right from the junction. Climb up passing shrubs and wild rose bushes to the top of Shang La located at an altitude of 16,300 ft. The ascent takes around three and half hours. After reaching the pass, the views to Stok and Matho Kangri peaks can be seen. A short steep descent into the upper Matho basin takes us to Gyang Poche. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Gyang Poche.
Gyang Poche – Matho La Base (4297m/14,098 ft.; 3-4 hrs)
The trail stays high on the hillside. A three hour walk on an incline, crossing side streams, leads to the base of Matho La. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Matho La Base.
Matho La Base – Matho La - Mankarmo (4600m/15,093 ft.; 4-5 hrs)
A steep climb to the pass begins from Matho La Base. On the pass, Stok Kangri looms up. Then we descend from the pass to the pastures of Mankarmo next to a stream. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Mankarmo.
Mankarmo – Rest/Acclimatization Day
Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Mankarmo.
Mankarmo – Stok Kangri Base (4900m/16,077 ft.; 2-3 hrs)
Leaving the main valley, we climb up westward to the left of the valley, reaching the base of Stok Kangri. Stok Kangri is hidden behind a ridge. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Stok Kangri Base.
Stok Kangri climb (6120m/20,080 ft.) & back to Base (11–12 hrs)
A long arduous walk awaits you. We start before the sun is up. Climb up to the ridge in front. A tough descent on the mountainside for an hour takes us to a moraine. We climb up over the moraine for an hour and then cross a glacier to reach a basin for another hour. In order to reach another ridge, we walk towards the east for another five hours. And the final grueling ninety-minute walk takes us to the summit! From here we get a magical 360˚view of the whole of Ladakh. Descend all the way back to base camp. Dinner and overnight stay at camp in Stok Kangri Base.
Stok Kangri Base - Stok village; Drive to Leh (15 km; ½ hr)
Walk to the Mungirmo pastures to follow the Mankarmo River to its confluence with Stok river. We follow the Stok River down to the Stok village. Drive back to Leh. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
We check out of the hotel before 9.00 am depending upon our flight out of Leh.
End of arrangements….
- Leh: In a Hotel on twin sharing basis.
- On the Trek: In small camping tents on twin sharing basis.