STOK KANGRI- 9 days 8 nights

One of the most fascinating places on the planet is Stok Kangri that lies in the beautiful area of Ladakh. Ladakh is located in the northern state of India and is famous for compassion and support of its residents. Leh the capital of Ladakh is situated at the height of 3500-3800 mts of sea level and the most adventurous place for the trekking lovers. Trekking in Leh is the best option for trekking in India and hence it attracts tourist from every corner of the world. Stok Kangri is one such peak that has gain tremendous popularity in the last few years. Illustrating the Himalayan range with a wider perspective, this trek embrace deserted surroundings and offer its trekkers the opportunity to experience the complete peace. The entire trail has incorporated many ridges so you can feel the sudden change in scenery. In winter, the whole landscape attains a perfect magnificence. Stok Kangri peak provides you the entire view of Zanskar and the Indus Valley.

Overview

Located in the dreamy destination of Ladakh, the Stok Kangri Climb is ideal for both novice and experienced trekkers. is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of northwest India. The peak is located in Hemis National Park, 12km southwest of the trailhead at 3,610 m (11,845 feet) in the village of Stok, and around 15 km southwest of the Ladakhi capital of Leh. Despite its altitude, Stok Kangri is a wonderful peak, a gift for Indian trekkers, and is often climbed as an initial non technical foray into high altitude mountaineering. You can encounter some friend wildlife in this region like mountain goats, marmots, etc.

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Reach Leh

The best option to get to Leh is via air. All major airlines provide flight services from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi to Leh. Flights to Leh are scheduled to reach before noon or latest by 3pm. 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. Take a stroll through the Leh market, there are various shops selling many different kind of stuff. Go to bed early as next day you will have to be ready for the acclimatization day, necessary for the trek.

Day 2:- Leh (Acclimatization day)

Enjoy the cultural and natural beauty of Leh. This can be considered as a day to get familiar with the town and also acclimatize to the weather. Lah is culturally a rich place. There are dozens of monasteries and ancient temples that you can go around. They are located in and around the town. Therefore you would be getting enough time to go around the place in a day.

Day 3 :- Drive from Leh to Stok village (45 mins) and then trek to Chang Ma (13087 ft.)

This is a day when you would enjoy a great drive and have an enjoyable trekking experience. The day starts with a drive to Stok village. At the start of the drive from Leh, you would go through many exotic and beautiful scenes. The drive to the Stok village is an adventurous one and if full of natural beauty and lush green trees. The day 3 is however the day when you trek 3-4 hours to Chang Ma (13087 ft.)

Day 4 :- Chang Ma (13087 ft.) to Mankorma (14200 ft.)

After getting up in the morning, one's eagerness to visit the stock kangri is clearly visible. A person has to move from Chang Ma moving to an altitude of 14,200 ft at once and during the whole day, one gets familiar with the fact of Ladakh being called The Cold Desert. The day ends with the overnight stay in the tents once again.

Day 5 :- Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Stok Kangri Base camp (16300 ft.)

A few hours trek takes you up to the base camp. This exotic base camp is an exotic place. It lies in a grassy area. During the day time, you can walk to the upper areas of the campsite and enjoy majestic views of the surroundings. There are some beautiful peaks like Gulab Kangri, Parcha Kangri and many others. You can also relax yourself in the base camp to make sure that the group is ready for the next days trek. You would get time to acclimatize to the weather. This is much necessary because in the coming days, you would find a dramatic change of climate and altitude , and might experience breathlessness. The overnight stay, would again be arranged in tents and make sure that you have enough warm clothes for bracing the low temperatures.

Day 06: Training day+ Rest day

The day includes resting and training for the upcoming expedition that is going to come up next day. During the day, a person gets familiar with the landscape of Ladakh so that the trek gets efficiently accomplished. The trek Leader and the guide will make you well versed with the challenges that you might face while trekking. A person has to even trek on the sinking snow which may be difficult for the beginners. One gets ample amount of time to take rest and gear up for the expedition for the following day. As the Sun sets, the day ends with the stay in the tents similar to the previous nights. By this time you are going to be knowledgeable enough with the climate and the landscape.

Day 07: Base camp (16300 ft.) - Stok Kangri (20080 ft.) back to base camp.

This new day marks the real excursion for the trekkers. Rising from 16,300ft to 20,800ft i.e Stok Kangri (the specified destination) in itself feels like an achievement. The Journey starts early in the morning as the trek comprises of 9-10 hours and these hours may even get added up with 2-3 hours more for a slow trekker. With the view of the glaciers moving into steep slopes followed by the Summit Ridge, Stok Kangri feels quite enthralling and exciting. This trek does not specifically include physical strength only but also the mental strength. One should get enough prepared for this kind of trekking and keep the willpower going until the destination is attained. The space at this level would be large, wide and an open area giving a feeling of being amongst royalties. The overnight stay, as usual, takes place in tents and one will definitely get a sound sleep after the day's travel.

Day 08: Base camp - Leh

This Day would be the ultimate day of your fantastic trekking experience. The trek which included high altitude trekking mountaineering and expedition would finally come to an end after this day. But before you end the day, you would see a lot of snow clad beauty and memorable view of mountain ranges. The joy of Ladakh trekking can be rejuvenated from this spot. As the day rises, you would have to start coming back from Base camp to Leh. The trek back could be difficult and you need to perform care and precision. On the same day, after you reach Leh, you would also have to cover up to Stok Village on your feet. Stok village is the final stopping point of trekking. From Stok village to Leh, you would have to take a drive. The drive may make you nostalgic of all the fun that you had while trekking the mountains in the last nine days.

*In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled or change of dates might happen, and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

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This is a short but demanding trek through the Ladakh Mountains. We follow a rarely walked route through wild high-altitude scenery which culminates in an ascent of Stok Kangri (6,123m) one the easiest 6,000m peaks in the world.

Ladakh often called ‘the land of high passes’ because of its arid moonscape scenery and high Himalayan peaks. It is one of the last bastions of Tibetan culture and religion.

This expedition is based out of the Ladakhi capitol Leh in the North of India. Local Time GMT + 5 hrs 30 mins. ,

Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the Guide on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

All our Guide are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

.Day pack (25ltrs).

.Dry fit shirts and trousers 4 pairs

.Fleece jacket

.Balaclava and Buff

.Gloves

.Toilet paper

.Two 1 ltr water bottles

.Lip care

.Torch with extra batteries

.Water purification solution / tablets

.Body Moisturizer, Body Powder / Anti-Fungal (feet and body)

.Boots, Camp shoes / Sport sandals

.Warm Socks (lots of extra pairs)

.Water and wind proof jacket and trousers

.Thermal top and bottom 3 pairs

.Day wear shirt x2 or 3

.Underwear 5-7

.Sun cap, Sun screen lotion, Sunglasses

.Head torch with extra batteries

.Toiletries

.Small light towel and napkin

.Personal medications

.Rain cover for your bags

Experience of any high altitude trek at least 1 trek The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 45 minutes without a stress. The climber should be able to carry a 10 kg backpack. Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.

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