DURATION: 11 days
FITNESS: Should be fit; average rucksack weight 5-6kg
Stok Kangri Trek
Towering at an impressive 6153 m, Stok Kangri is a serious challenge. Although at such an impressive height, it is not a technical climb and in season requires no advanced mountaineering equipment. We work our way up to base camp over a number of days to maximize acclimatization and improve chances of a successful summit attempt. The view from the top is one of the best in the Himalaya offering great views of the Zanskar and Karakoram ranges including K2 (8611 m), the second highest peak in the world.
This is one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Indian Himalayas and it’s proximity to Leh makes it very accessible. Recommend for those wish to climb a non-technical 6000 m peak.
Stok Kangri Trek
Stok Kangri Trek
Day 1: Arrive at Leh and rest that day.
Day 2: Morning after breakfast drive to Alchi with packed lunch. Enroute visit, Magnetic Hill, Confluence of Zanskar and Indus river, Basgo Fort and Likir Monastery. Arrive Alchi and visit Alchi Monastery.
Dinner and overnight at hotel leh.
Magnetic Hill : Defying the Law of gravity. This place is close to the Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up-hill that’s the Believe it or not of Ladakh!
Conflence Of The Zanskar & Indus : On way to Sham Valley before Nimu village one can have this magnificent view of two rivers in wed-lock! In seasons they have different colors and flow and wildness.
Basgo Gompa : 40 Kms downstream from Leh, it was the seat of power of branch of a Namgyal family. It was here in 1680 that invading Mongol and Tibetan armies were held in check over a three year old siege. Original 16th century murals and other arts at Basgo are well worth a visit.
Likir Gompa : Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dated back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.
Alchi Gompa : 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop.
Lamayuru Gompa : The oldest holy site in Ladakh, it was a bon shrine prior to the advent of Buddhism. Also known as Yung Drung (Swastika) it is sited on a high promontory overlooking the village and valley. For sheer spectacle value no other Gompa can match Lamayuru.
Day 3: Drive to Shang 12,000 ft. Acclimatization treks.
An hours drive to Shang on the way visit Thiksey Monastery and Hemis Monastery.
Camp at shang.
Day 4: Trek from Shang 12,000 ft to Shang Phu 14,250 ft (5 – 6 hours, 11kms)
The 6 hour trek is a gentle ascent all along. The trail is a well paved for the first hour and a half. Continues on the stony stream bed and finally an ascent over meadows to reach Shang Phu.
Day 5: Shang Phu 14,250 ft to Matho Doksa 14,500 ft , via Shang Phu La 16,750 ft (6 hours, 9kms )
A steady ascent over surprisingly green flowery meadows. The trails climbs steadily till Shang Phu La and then follows a quick steep descent. The last hour is a gentle walk down to the camp site. Grade: medium – difficult
Day 6: Matho Doksa 14,500 ft to Gangpoche 14,550 ft via Matho La.14,850ft (3 hours, 4.6kms)
Ascent to Matho la followed by a descent and mild ascent again to Gangpoche.
Day 7: Gangpoche 14,550 ft to Stok Kangri Base Camp (16,300 ft) (7-8 hours, 11kms)
Long ascents and descents to Stok Kangri base camp.
Grade: medium difficult
Day 8: Rest day at Stok Kangri Base (16,300ft)
Day 9: Climb Stok Kangri Summit 20,080 ft and back to Stok Kangri Base camp (16,300ft) (14 – 16 hours, 8kms)
Stiff climb initially followed by a long mild ascent and ends with a long stiff ascent. The altitude takes a heavy toll. The descent is equally long and tiring.
Day 10: Stok Kangri Base (16,300ft) to Stok village (11,800ft) and drive back to Leh. (6 hours, 12kms)
Long gentle descent with intermittent ascents.
Grade: medium – easy
Day 11: Buffer Day *
* Trekkers are advised to keep an extra buffer day for the Stok Kangri trek. The buffer day may be required if there is bad weather on the scheduled summit attempt day. (you have to pay extra for the buffer day)
Difficulty Level – Difficult (This trek requires physical fitness)
This trek involves ascending walks in the range of 6 to 8 Hours daily. On the day of the summit it will be 12 to 14 hours of Trekking. you should be able to walk on ascending terrain with a 7-8 kgs bag in high altitude. There will be a 1500 to 2000ft ascend
Temperature in June, July, Aug and Sept
Day: 10° to 22°C. Night: 10°C. Stok base: Day 10°C to 15°C. Night: 5° to -2°C.
Note: There are chances that the forest department might charge Rs.2500/- per trekker as an entry fee which is to be paid by the trekker directly.
Personal Kit list
1 Rucksack,, Day pack bag, Sun Cap, Sun Glasses, Sun Screen Lotion, Personal Medicine Kit, Waste Pouch, trek clothing
Things to Carry
- Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame.
- Quechua Forclaz 60 is a good choice. Trekking shoes – It gets really cold once the sun goes down and shoes are important to keep your feet warm. Ensure the shoes are well broken in before the trek. Since this trek includes walking on snow it is recommended to wear water proof shoes wiith thick woolen / military socks. Forclaz 600 are good choices. More expensive shoes are not really the answer to cold. Wearing 2 layers of woollen socks is the trick. Note: You get military socks in Leh for Rs.100 to 125. They are the BEST products for this trek.
- Sun glasses – Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek, Curved ones will cover your eyes well. No blue coloured sunglass — they don’t block UV. Blacks, greens, browns are fine. Avoid multi tone sunglasses. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. . People who wear spectacles, choose one of these: 1. http://www.decathlon.in/accessories/sunglasses/cycling-and-running/huez-opticsg- 800-optic/p-1223537 2. If above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles
- Must Have – Trek Accessories
- Trekking pole is mandatory
- Thermos water bottle
- Headlamp with extra batteries
Must Have – Clothing
• Thermals / Body Warmers – 2 No’s
• Oversized Full TShirts with high neck & Track Pants (light weight) – 2 / 3 No’s
• Sweater / Fleece – 1 No’s
• Windcheaters – 1 No’s + Down Jacket – 1 No’s
• Poncho + Rain Pant – 1No’s
• Socks – 8 to 10 Pairs
• Head Cap + Balaclave – 1 No’s each
• Hand Gloves Inner 1no’s + Outer (waterproof) – 1 No’s
Must Have – Other accessories
• Light towel (should be thin, quick drying kind)
• A Sanitary Paper
• Woolen head-scarf or muffler
• Cold cream and sun screen lotion (SPF 40+)
Must Have – Medical Kit
• Crocin – 6 tablets
• Avomine – 4 tablets
• Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
• Combiflam – 4 tablets
• Disprin – 6 tablets
• Norflox – 6 tablets
• Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
• Band aid – 10 strips
• Digene – 6 tablets
• Gauze cloth – 1 small role
• Leukoplast – 1 small roll
• Cotton – 1 small roll
• ORS / Electoral – 10 packets
• Betadine or any antiseptic cream
• Moov spray
• Nebasulf/ Soframycine powder
Other Mandatory Instructions
1. Medical Certificate – format will be provided post enrolment
2. Declaration & Disclaimer Form – will be provided post enrolment
3. Plastic Bottles are STRICTLY prohibited
4. Recommended bag weight is 7 kgs
5. 1 Govt ID Card is mandatory
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