First 2 days are planned with the sole intention of getting everyone acclimatised well. First day we will almost do nothing but sit in the hotel and sip on tea/coffee this is done to ensure that we acclimatise well as this is the most important component of this adventure trip. On Day 2 one can choose to do their own thing. Today one can go on a sightseeing trip or check out the local market or just relax at the hotel. If required we can make arrangement for the sightseeing trips. Please get in touch with the trek leader for the same. We will be staying in a good quality, neat and clean hotel with all basic amenities in Leh on the first 2 nights.
Having acclimatised well for 2 days we set out towards Stok Kangri. After a short drive from Leh we reach Matho, starting point of the trek. Today’s hike to Gangpochey is a gradual uphill hike with 2-3 river crossings as well. If lady luck is taking the trip with you then you might spot a Blue sheep or a Snow leopard. It will take us 5 to 6 hrs to reach Gangpochey. Overnight in tents
This is another beautiful day of trekking where we cross over Mathola pass (4900 m) to reach Mankarmo. This day involves gradual uphill walk and will take around 4-5 hours. This is a good day for acclimatising too as one experiences an environment close to 5000m. Overnight in the tents
From Mankarmo there is a steep ascent to reach the base camp for Stok kangri. This is an easy hike and will give you enough time to relax at the camp and get ready for the summit day. On arrival we will set campsite for overnight stay. Overnight in the tents.
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
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
This day is kept in the itinerary as an extra day which might get used up during our climb in case the weather is bad or someone’s not acclimatised well. In case the extra day is not utilised then one can spend the day exploring Leh. There is a wonderful option of river rafting on the Indus or a road trip to Pangong Tso lake. Overnight in a hotel
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 at hotel
Trip ends after breakfast
Vehicle Used : Tempo Traveller / Innova / Bolero / Tata Sumo / Local Jeeps
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
The following equipment is provided on the trek :
|Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)||250|
Down jacket (for additional warmth)
|Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover||75|
|Waterproof Trekking boots||300|
|Rucksack (60 ltrs)||150|
|Warm high-length woollen socks||50|
*Cost in INR per day
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
For travel between Delhi and Leh, the advised mode is the flights that ply between these two places. There are a number of flights that operate on this sector with all of them being early in the morning to take advantage of the clear weather over Leh. In case you are travelling from outside Delhi, it would be best to stay in Delhi the previous night to catch the connecting flight the next day. As flights in this sector tend to be expensive, you are advised to book early to get the best fares.
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.
It is very important for this adventure trip that you need to be equipped properly and with a bit of back up. 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.
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
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
Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.
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.
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.
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..
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.
10 Days | Jun - Sep | Expedition | Max Alt : Stok Kangri (6153m)
Day 1 - 2 : Arrival, Acclimatisation & Exploration In And Around Leh (3500m)
Day 3 : Leh Matho And Trek To Gangpochey (4300m) (Drive / 45 Mins) (Trek / 5 - 6 Hrs)
Day 4 : Gongpochey -Mankarmo (4400m) (Trek / 4 - 5 Hrs)
Day 5 : Mankarmo - Stok Base Camp (4900m) (Trek / 3 - 4 Hrs)
Day 6 : Base Camp Acclimatization And Height Gain
Day 7 : Base Camp - Stok Kangri (6153m) - Base Camp
Day 8 : Extra Day As A Back Up
Day 9 : Stok Base Camp (4900m) - Stok Village (3650m) (Hike / 4 Hrs) - Leh (Drive / 30 Mins)
Day 10 : Leh Departure
10 DAYS - For Safe Climbing & Better Acclimatization
Whenever people think of trekking or outdoors adventure in India, the location that pops up in the mind are the Himalayas. The Himalaya has mesmerised mountaineers and outdoor adventure enthusiasts for centuries. One popular trek in the Himalayas is the Stok Kangri trek. Stok Kangri is the highest peak in the Stok Range of the Himalayas located in the Ladakh region of North-west India.
At 6153 metres (20,080 ft), Stok Kangri is assuredly the best peak for novice mountaineers and non-mountaineering trekkers to ascent a 6000 metre mountain definitely a feather in anyones cap. In the last few years trek to Stok kangri has gained phenomenal popularity as most trekkers who want to ascent 6000 metres but do not want to do technical climbs have turned their attention to this beautiful mountain. This trip is about making a 6000 metre ascent. People from round the world flock to ascent this peak. We have planned the Stok Kangri Trek with just this and your safety in mind - everything else is secondary. It is 24 kms from the Leh region.
Do be mindful, even though the trek is an inviting one, it is by no means a relaxed trek. You need to be considerably fit for this, which you can achieve with a fair bit of training before the trek. Once you have signed up our team of experts can let you know how you can train for this. This trek is measured as a difficult one because of the height of the destination, which is nearly 70% of the Mt. Everest.
The best months to go for the Stok Kangri trek are July to September. The area is regularly dry in these months with a few bursts of rains in July and August. The nearest town to Stok Kangri is Leh. Leh can also be reached from Delhi by air or from Manali and Srinagar by road.
There is a distinctive flavour to this trek The trail has sections that take you through isolated villages giving you a wonderful experience of giving you a peek into the unique lifestyle of the people in the region. You also get ample occasions to interact with the locals as well as the shepherds who move around on the endless meadows along the trail.
From the Stok Kangri, 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 come back to the base camp and the next day we walk down to Stok village and from there drive back to Leh where we rejoice the efficacious completion of this adventurous trek.
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 the first 3 days planned with the sole purpose of helping group members get acclimatised well. During this duration we will drive up to Khardungla the second highest motorable pass in the world at 5600 m and spend time at this altitude for our bodies to get used to thin air.
Also the itinerary for trek to Stok kangri is designed such that we take the shortest route to the summit this is done keeping in mind the combined effects of exhaustion and high altitude. We have deliberately not kept extra trekking days in the itinerary as we feel one has the best chance to summit if one is physically not very tired and has acclimatised well.
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 6153 m 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.
The Stok Kangri takes you in the lands of mountain climbing. At such a high altitude (6,153 m, that is, 20,182 feet), the weather is a challenging one, so the physical fitness of trekkers is of utmost importance for the successful Stok kangri Trek. Another issue is the acute Mountain Sickness caused by the swelling of the brain tissue due to the lack of oxygen. 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.
For Stok Kangri trek cost- GIO Adventures offers the most discounted prices while maintaining the quality standards high. We assists you with professionally qualified expert guides. Our guides will run a small course on climbing techniques to get you to know more about the sport and get comfortable with.