Stok Kangri Trek

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Not Operational | 13 Days

INR 1,09,300 + 5% GST

Highest Altitude: 6154 M

Difficulty: ChallengingOur most demanding trips include climbing at high elevations in excess of 5000 meters, in remote and extreme conditions with no access to roads; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips, and demanding whitewater trips with Class IV-V rapids.

Group Size: 8-16 persons

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The ascent of this 6000m plus mountain in 10 days is probably the quickest one can climb it, keeping in mind that one needs some time to acclimatize to the altitudes as well. After spending the first couple of days acclimatizing in Leh during which time we also visit some monasteries and the interesting Leh market, we set off for a week long trek. Instead of approaching the mountain head-on we travel some distance west and then approach it through a slightly longer route crossing the Stok La (4890m) and then descending to the Stok valley.

This approach gives us a little more time to acclimatize and the steep climb up to Stok La acts as a good test before the final ascent.
The final climb of Stok Kangri will present a challenge to even the fittest of the members. Even after being fully acclimatized and completely in form, one would always find any climb going over 6000m to be a hard one. The climb itself is not technically demanding, and on days with good weather conditions, involves going up a steep rocky scree slope and walking over sharp rocky ridge to reach the snowy summit. Most of the snow on the mountain melts away by early Aug and we have rarely used crampons on our August departures. However with weather becoming more & more unpredictable one cannot rule out a possibility of dealing with some unexpected snow & ice on the mountain. One of the most popular trekking peaks in the Indian Himalayas and on the planet, the proximity to Leh (the capital of Ladakh) brings a lot of people to its summit. Not so difficult peak to climb, this trip has a short acclimatization trek built in where we climb a 4890m/16040ft high pass to get to the base of the mountain.

Note : Unless you are in good physical shape, you will NOT be able to summit in that long last day to the top and back!

Stok Kangri Trek
Stok Kangri Trek

DAYS 1-4

  • Day 1: Leh Airport – Hotel (3500 M)

Board the early morning flight from Delhi to Leh. It takes a little more than an hour to get to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. On a clear day the flight offers excellent views of the mighty Himalayas. Arrive at the hotel for welcome drinks followed by breakfast. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Day 2: Leh (3500 M)

We spend half the day visiting Shey and Thiksey monasteries around Leh. Return to hotel for lunch and spend the day exploring the Leh market. Overnight Hotel

  • Day 3: Leh – Shang Phu (4200 M)

Drive to Shang Sumdo and trek to Shang Phu. The walk begins up a stony valley and there are several river crossings en route. The next day you head directly up the valley to Shang Phu at an altitude of 4,365m to complete a total of 5 to 6 hrs walking. 

  • Day 4: Shang Phu – Matho Phu (Across Shang La) (4400 M)

Today we traverse across spurs and passes through an area that is very rarely visited. It’s a 6 – 7-hour day and the toughest non-summit day of the trip, as you climb 900m to a high point on the Shang La. Following the crossing of the pass you descend to the Tokpo River, then trek downhill to camp at the base of Matho La.

DAYS 5-8

  • Day 5: Matho Phu – Mounkarmo (4350 M)

In the morning cross the Matho La (4,965m) from where we have views of Stok Kangri and then descend into the valley to the north of Stok Village. This lovely valley is a high and wild area, which is visited only by climbing groups and by the local people. You camp near Shepherds huts at Maunkarmo after 4 to 5 hours of walking.

  • Day 6: Acclimatisation Day At Mounkarmo (4350 M)

Today we take an acclimatization climb up a side valley to get some real height gain in. Return to camp by late afternoon for hot lunch. Rest of the day at leisure.

  • Day 7: Mounkarmo – Stok Kangri Base Camp (4975 M)

Now we follow the busy trail up to the Stok Kangri Base Camp. It’s a short day with gradual ascent to the campsite. The base camp is on a big meadow and is usually full of climbers from all parts of the world. After lunch, leave for a short and steep hike to gain some altitude and acclimatize.

  • Day 8: Getting Ready For Summit Push (4975 M)

Spend the first half of the day getting your gear ready. We check the entire climbing equipment and ensure that everyone is kitted out properly. Relax in the second half of the day as we leave for the summit in the middle of the night.

DAYS 9-13

  • Day 9: Base Camp – Stok Kangri – Base Camp (4975 M)

The toughest day of the trip, it would test anyone’s endurance as it’s a long way up from the Base Camp to the Summit (6150m) and back. The climb starts off steep from the Base Camp which flattens out slowly till we cross the glacier. Having crossed the glacier, we climb up the steep slope to the summit ridge. A couple of hours of scrambling on the ridge brings us to the summit of the Stok Kangri which offers wide open views of the Karakoram range on the north with the Saser Kangri dominating the sky and Zanskar ranges on the south. Back at camp for a late lunch.

  • Day 10: Base Camp – Stok Village – Leh Hotel (3500 M)

We exit out of the Stok valley at Stok village. After washing up at the hotel we will have time enough to do last minute shopping in Leh market. 

  • Day 11: Leh Hotel – Leh Airport

Early morning transfer to Airport for Leh – Delhi flight. Trip Ends!

  • All transfers as per the itinerary (Leh airport to Leh airport)
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in Tents/Hotel
  • Individual climbing equipment
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary & safe drinking water
  • All trip arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
  • Porterage upto 15kg/person
  • Peak fee/sanctuary fee/royalty/permits where applicable
  • A guide for all monastery sightseeing Shey, Thikse, Hemis gompa
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights not included in the above-mentioned cost
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
  • Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – personal choice
  • Travel & cancellation insurance


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