Stok Kangri Climb | Backpacking in Ladakh – GIO Adventures

Stok Kangri Backpacking Trek [Manali-Manali]


DAY 01: Arrive Manali – Exploration & Acclimatisation

Arrive in Manali. Today you have the option of taking it easy in Manali. One can roam around the local market, visit a famous temple and check out other sightseeing spots in and around Manali. Also you can decide to just laze around at the hotel. Overnight in a hotel/ guest house.

Meal Plan – B, D

DAY 02: Manali – Rohtang Pass (3980m) – Jispa (3200m) drive 135 kms/4-5 hrs

This day you start on one of the greatest road trip on the planet. You will be driving on the famous Manali – Leh highway and reach Jispa today. Ahead of Manali you will cross the famous Rohtang Pass (3980m), with excellent views of the Pir Panjal range. You will stop here for some photography. This pass is open only during a few summer months every year. From here you descend to the Chandra River and drive to the quaint village of Jispa. Overnight in a hotel/ guesthouse.

Meal Plan – B, D

DAY 03: Jispa – Sarchu (4253m) – Leh (3500m) Drive 328 kms/10 hrs

Today you will drive to Leh via Sarchu and Pang. Intially you will crossover Baralacha La (4892m). It’s a double pass linking both the upper Chandra and Bhaga valleys with the Lingti valley and the vast Lingti plains around Sarchu. Sarchu is inhabited by Himalayan clan, Gaddi, and few lonely soldiers at an army outpost. Like the previous stretch you will continue to drive through some breathtaking scenery on your way to Leh, en route you will be crossing two high – passes, Lachlung La (5065m) and Tanglang La (5360m), the third highest motorable pass in the world. Also you will drive through the vast More plains and 22 loops, both very unique. Late in the afternoon you enter the Indus valley passing the beautiful village of Rumtse and arrive at Leh, capital of Ladakh. Check into the guest house for overnight stay.

Meal Plan – B, D

DAY 04: Leh (3500m) - Exploration in and around Leh

Today you can sit back at the hotel and relax or explore the Indus valley.
The suggested excursion places are below. This is not the part of the package. If one needs to do this trip our trip leaders can arrange this for you on an extra cost. Return to the hotel for lunch. Rest of the day at leisure for exploring the local market and shopping. Overnight in a hotel/ guest house.

Excurion to Shey, Thiksey and Hemis gompa (monastery)

Shey Gompa, is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.

Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.

Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17th century. The setting is perfect, with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long mani walls.

Optional: For people looking for some adventure we can organise a good rafting trip on the Indus river which is suitable for first timers and gives a beautiful & unique perspective to this magical landscape. This will take around 3-4 hours(Charges extra)

Meal Plan – B, D

DAY 05: Leh (3500m) – Mankarmo (4400m) via Stok Village (3650m) 30 mins drive & trek 4 hrs

Post a magnificent sunrise and a scrumptious breakfast we drive through a splendid route to Stok Village. Enroute we will enjoy the beautiful views of the high rising peaks of Ladakh region. This village at the altitude of 3596m is known to be the oldest habitat of the Ladhaki region.

From Stok we start our hike to Mankorma. Crossing a few brooks and creeks we enter a magical stretch, with surrounding mountains lined in a way that it seems Purple instead of the typical grey or brown. Further from here the trail goes through random landscapes with Seabuck Thorn bushes and various other dessert plants. We camp at the flat grounds above a stream at Mankorma. Later as the sun goes down we observe the phenomenal night skies with Milkyway rising from one horizon and diving into the other one. Overnight in tents

Meal Plan – B, L, D

DAY 06: Mankarmo (4400m) – Base Camp (4900m) trek/3-4hrs

Today we will hike to the base camp, from where we make the final ascent to the top. The walk is arduous though picturesque. Keep yourself well hydrated as the air gets thinner with the altitude. The trail is narrow and rocky till the river, crossing which; it becomes smoother and wider, still going up. We reach the base camp at around lunch. Spend the day at leisure. We will go for a height gain hike towards the evening that will help in further acclimatization. Overnight in tents.

Meal Plan – B, L, D

DAY 07: Base camp Acclimatization and height gain trek/2-3 hrs

On this day we will climb the ridge on top of the base camp. This is a short and steep climb and will help us tremendously in getting acclimatised. For most part of the day we relax at the campsite. We will have an early dinner and go to bed as we need to wake up at around midnight for our climb

Meal Plan – B, L, D

DAY 08: Base Camp - Stok Kangri (6153 m) - Base Camp trek 10 to 14 hrs

We will start very early (around 1 a.m) from the base camp with our head lamps showing us the route for a couple of hours till the sun breaks out. From the base camp there is a steep climb to the ridge just above the camp and this will set the tone for the climb to come. From the first ridge we move to a big glacier which we negotiate carefully and from here we find our way up to the final ridge which will lead us to the summit. The final stretch is quite steep and the thin air makes it even more challenging. Early on in the season (May – June) there is lots of snow on this stretch while in July and August there is comparatively lesser snow making the climb easier. This is a very interesting though tiring stretch as we move through a typical high altitude terrain which has boulders, scree laden ridges, glaciers and high snow capped mountains all around. The summit rewards us with wide open views of the Karakoram and Ladakh range on the north, the Zanskar range on the west and a bird's eye view of the Indus valley and the Leh city. Enjoy the feeling of having achieved a difficult task of climbing a 6000m+ peak and take a few pictures before climbing down to the base camp. The climb to the top will take anywhere between 6 to 8 hrs while the return trip will take us around 4 hours. Overnight in tents.

Meal Plan – B, L, D

DAY 09: Base Camp – Stok Village (3650m) – Leh trek /4-5 hr & 30 mins drive

Today we trek back to the Stok village from the base camp. From here we drive for an hour to Leh and check in at the hotel. Overnight in a hotel/ guest house.

Meal Plan – B, L, D

DAY 10: Leh – Manali drive 16 hours

On this day early in the morning we will depart for Manali. This will be a long drive and will take 15 – 16 hours. On arrival check into a guest house in Manali. Overnight at the guesthouse in Manali.

Meal Plan – B, L, D

DAY 11: Post breakfast depart for your onward destination

Trip ends after breakfast !

Meal Plan – B


Please Note: If you need to book on double sharing basis (2 people staying in a room/ tent) please ask us for the price of the same




  • 2 guides for the group of maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 6 group members. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks
  • Transport from and back to Manali by Jeeps/ tempo travellers/ Buses
  • Accommodation in a basic hotels/ campsites/ guest houses with neat and clean rooms with basic amenities on triple sharing
    • Manali x 2 nights
    • Jispa x 1 night
    • Leh x 3 nights
    • Alpine camping x 4 nights
  • High quality Camping arrangements
    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn't mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek::
    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
    • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Good quality Camping Mattresses
    • Toilet tent (1) for women
    • First Aid / Medical kit
  • Meal plan In the detailed itinerary given to you, on all days you will see B, L, D mentioned against each day, this indicates the meal plan for the day. If you have (B, D) mentioned it signifies you will get breakfast and dinner on this day. Similarly (B, L, D) indicates you will get all meals and so on.
    On our backpacking treks you get simple food which is fresh, hygienic, tasty and has a strong local flavour The meals will be self-cooked by the team ( participants and guides)
  • Permits & camping fee (if any)
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)


  • Any sightseeing by transport in and around Manali & Leh (Can be arrange on request at an extra cost)
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above.
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Service Tax
  • Insurance


  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.




Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)


Down jacket (for additional warmth)


Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover


Warm Gloves


Waterproof Trekking boots




Rucksack (60 ltrs)


Waterproof gaiters


Warm high-length woollen socks




Trekking poles


*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra


  • Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of GREAT INDIAN OUTDOORS (P) LTD. payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway
  • 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

Transport Options (Delhi – Manali – Delhi)

For travel from Delhi to Manali & back, one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport

Train travel though not very popular is available to cover a certain distance. One can either take a train to Pathankot or Jogindernagar (narrow gauge). From both these places one will need to drive to Manali. For train details, you could log on to  and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to .

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1300 per person. They take about 15 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

Weather Details

Early on in the season (May – Jun) there will be lots of snow on the trail starting from below the base camp. Days are going to be sunny and warm (20 – 25 deg) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of -2 to 8 deg. In the July – Aug period snow starts melting and we will catch snow only at the top ridge. Day temperatures are around 20 – 25 deg and night temperature at the highest camp can fall to about 0 to 5 deg. In Sep the weather starts getting colder with day temperatures around 10 – 20 deg and night time the temperatures can go sub zero to around – 5 deg. Please keep in mind that on this trail irrespective of the season it can snow anytime and for long durations in case of bad weather. Also temperature can fall below the above mentioned figures. Wind chill is a factor you need to account for while preparing for the trek

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  1. Day pack (25ltrs)
  2. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  3. Shirts / T-shirts full sleeves – 2/3
  4. Trekking trousers 3/4 pairs
  5. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  6. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve/ Woollen sweater
  7. Windproof jacket of decent quality preferably with a hood
  8. Good quality down jacket
  9. Woollen gloves
  10. Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  11. Balaclava and Buff/Woollen cap
  12. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  13. Toilet paper
  14. Two 1 ltr water bottles (preferably thermos flasks)
  15. Lip care
  16. Torch with extra batteries.
  17. Water purification solution / tablets
  18. Body Moisturizer
  19. Body Powder / Anti-Fungal (feet and body)
  20. Camp shoes / Sport sandals
  21. Sun cap
  22. Sun screen lotion
  23. Sunglasses
  24. Head torch with extra batteries.
  25. Toiletries
  26. Small light towel and napkin
  27. Personal medicines
  28. Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  29. Camera with extra batteries.


Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.


Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

11Days | July - Sept| Strenuous| Max Alt: 6153mts (Stok Kangri)


DAY 01: Arrive Manali Exploration & Acclimatisation
DAY 02: Manali Rohtang Pass (3980m) Jispa (3200m) Drive 135 Kms/4-5 Hrs
DAY 03: Jispa Sarchu (4253m) Leh (3500m) Drive 328 Kms/10 Hrs
DAY 04: Leh (3500m) - Exploration In And Around Leh
DAY 05: Leh (3500m) Mankarmo (4400m) Via Stok Village (3650m) 30 Mins Drive & Trek 4 Hrs
DAY 06: Mankarmo (4400m) Base Camp (4900m) Trek/3-4hrs
DAY 07: Base Camp Acclimatization And Height Gain Trek/2-3 Hrs
DAY 08: Base Camp - Stok Kangri (6153 M) - Base Camp Trek 10 To 14 Hrs
DAY 09: Base Camp Stok Village (3650m) Leh Trek /4-5 Hr & 30 Mins Drive
DAY 10: Leh Manali Drive 16 Hours
DAY 11: Post Breakfast Depart For Your Onward Destination


Stok Kangri at 6153m is surely the best way for beginner level mountaineers and non mountaineering trekkers to touch 6000m. Last few years this peak has gained phenomenal popularity as a lot of trekkers not wanting to do technical climbs but wanting to go high up have turned their attention to this beautiful mountain. Have no doubts, this trip is about doing 6000m! Everything else is secondary and we have planned the climb with just this and your safety in mind

The climb though non technical is still challenging and requires people to be properly acclimatised and in good physical shape. The biggest challenge on this climb is for one to get used to the rarefied air at high altitudes and for this reason we have planned this trip with the sole purpose of helping group members get acclimatised well. We start our trip at Manali and pass over the famous high passes to reach Leh. This gives a great opportunity to acclimatise well for the trek and also gives a unique experience of the arid cold desert landscape of Lahaul and Ladakh region. Also the itinerary is designed such that we take the best route to the summit. This is done keeping in mind the combined effects of exhaustion and high altitude.

We start our climb from the beautiful Stok village a short driving distance from Leh and move up to the base camp from here. This is a short 5-6 hours stage. From the base camp to the top it is going to be a long hike (6-8 hours) and about 4 hours for the return hike. The climb involves crossing a glacier (not very difficult), climbing up long stretches (exhausting!!) and negotiating a long and steep ridge leading to the summit (can be tricky!). Depending on the month snow conditions will vary. Early on (May-June) there is going to be lots of snow which starts melting by July starting. You are sure to feel a tremendous sense of achievement on reaching the top of a 6153m peak in the Himalayas. One is going to be further rewarded with scintillating views all around. There are wide open views of the Karakoram and Ladakh range on the north, the Zanskar range on the west and a bird's eye view of the Indus valley and the Leh city. From the summit we return to the base camp and the next day walk down to Stok village and from there drive back to Leh where we celebrate the successful completion of this adventurous trek. Please remember on this trail one is not required to have any knowledge of climbing/mountaineering skills but one should have experience of trekking at altitudes upwards of 4000 4500m

Duration 11 Days
Region Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh

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