Region :- Leh, Ladakh, J & K
Duration :- 8 Days
Grade :- Difficult
Max Altitude :- 20,800 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 40 Kms.
Stok Kangri is the most fascinating trek of Ladhak region that appeals trekkers worldwide. The view of majestic Himalayan Range sometimes walking in between dense rows of wild flowers or sometime walking in the deserted and barren land provides the world class experience to the trekker. If you are on the Stok Kangri trip in winters, your joy will reach different levels as the whole landscape attains a perfect magnificence with white soft snow. Stok Kangri peak is the only place from where you can get the view of Indus and Zansker Valley.
About the Trek:
This trek encompasses the nine day trip that starts from arriving at Leh from Delhi. Leh is the striking place that comprises the flawless incorporation of enriching loveliness with natural exquisiteness. The entire trek of Stok Kangri is filled up with flourishing green trees and lovely flowers. Your next destination from Leh is Changa Ma. In between you will cross Stok Village, a small village that is mostly covered with lush green plants in summer. The intoxicated smell of wild flowers would bind you to step ahead. From Changa Ma, you will reach at Mankorma and then you next stoppage will be Base Camp. You will rest a full one day to get accustomed with climate and surroundings. Listen to your guide carefully as he will be the only person who can provide knowledge about all the drastic changes a trekker can go while trekking to such barren mountains trail. The seventh day of your trekking expedition is going to be the most important day as you will go to Stok Kangri today, the last and major destination of your journey. You will feel little dizzyness as it is situated at the height, so if you have any kind of breathing problem, it is recommended to carry oxygen cylinders to avoid any crucial situation. Standing at the top of the ridge, you can witness the Zanskar Range to your south and Karakoram Range to your north. Spend some quality time with nature and return to the Base Camp before sun sets. You will reverse your journey, in order to reach back to your houses.
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Day 1 :- Arrive Leh
Day 2 :- Leh (Acclimatization day)
Day 3 :- Leh (11500 ft.) to Chang Ma (13087 ft.) via Stok Village (11800 ft.)
Day 4 :- Chang Ma (13087 ft.) to Mankorma (14200 ft.)
Day 5 :- Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.)
Day 6 :- Rest day + training day.
Day 7 :- Base camp (16300 ft.) to Stok Kangri (20080 ft.) back to base camp
Day 8 :- Base camp to Leh
Day 1: Arrive Leh
One of the best ways to reach Leh is by airways. It is very easy and convenient instead of opting to go via roads because it will take a huge time to reach Leh. Many stops should be required along the way, and it can be called as a trek by itself. So, it's recommended choosing to go by air and have an enjoyable journey along the way. After finishing all your important work for the day, pack your luggage and lead yourself to Indira Gandhi International Airport. Plan ahead and leave a bit early as the clearance at the airport will make up the excess time. As you reach airport, you can see an aircraft waiting for you to place yourself and sit comfortably. During this time, you may get a feeling of excitement to experience trekking in Laddakh. Fasten the seat belts as the plane will be all set to leave Delhi. Along the way, you can witness many beautiful hills and ridges covered with white shining snow from the window. You won't like to miss such an opportunity to view such a majestic scenic view. Treks in Laddakh are one of the most beautiful treks all over the world and just like you; many others will be there to accompany you in this trek. Such experience is considered to be a lifetime achievement as such treks are not done again and again. As you can see the beautiful mountains covered with snow then you will get to know that Leh is very near to you and you will be all set to step a foot in the land of heaven. Such scenic mountain views can be seen all along the trek so; there is nothing to be surprised to see some white mountains at the beginning to the day. Along the trek, you will get some good opportunity to view some of the deepest valleys along with the high Himalayan Mountains standing tall. Such views only will make your trek the most memorable one and you can cherish whole of your life remembering the time you will be going to spent in the trek to Leh. You will get a sudden change in weather in the atmosphere, as Leh is quite a cooler place than Delhi. You will get your baggage from the baggage counter and exit from the airport via cab waiting for you. Along the way, you can see many shops and market selling unique and antique handicrafts. You can spend some of your valuable time in choosing the items you like so that while going back you have some items of Leh as a remembrance. After doing some last minute shopping, you will spend the rest of your day in a guest house where proper equipment for relaxation. At guest house, you will se many trekkers who will accompany you in this trek. With them, you can enjoy delicious vegetarian dinner which will help you to keep warm and stay fit for tomorrow. After filling your tummy do not wait anymore to sleep as tomorrow is acclimatization day.
Day 2: Leh (Acclimatization day)
Stok kangri is the tallest mountain which can be seen from any part of the Leh. It will be white in colour in winters, and during the end of the trek you can see yourself in the stok kangri peak. That place is the last point of the trek, and after that you will come back to the same place.
Have a perfect morning start with a hot cup of tea which will give a motivation. After finishing all your morning work, you can have your vegetarian breakfast, and you can have your acclimatization to extreme temperature. You can enjoy the day by getting accustomed with the nature and culture of Leh. It is done in 3000 metres above from the sea level. Altitude can be a problem for many of the trekkers which will motivate to come back down, but if you indulge yourself with some basic exercise and body movements then it can be overcome very easily. If you had any breathing problem, then you may carry some oxygen cylinders along with you because you will gain considerable altitude by the end of the trek where oxygen level will be low. Night stay over here is not at all planned because anytime if the climate is worsening then you can face snowstorms and snowfall. The beauty lies in the early morning sunrise when the sun rays is falling in your body giving you warm feeling.
Alchi is a place which is located just below leh. There are many temples for worship where you can spend some time. If temples does not encourage you much, then you can get used to the antique market and get accustomed to it, which can be a very good way to spend your time. Tomorrow you will be leaving to Chang Ma, which is about 13000 feet from the sea level.
Day 3: Leh (11500 ft.) to Chang Ma (13087 ft.) via Stok Village (11800 ft.)
Today is the beginning of the trek. You will be very excited as many people has this dream to come in such a place and trek in the midst location. You need a lot of stamina and courage to accomplish such trek in such an altitude. When you start your journey from leh, there will be many scenic locations, which you will be compelled to watch. The beautiful green trees with small up and downs all through the path will lead you Chang ma, which is at 13087 feet from the sea level, but before reaching Chang Ma, you will have to cross Stok Village, which comes along the way. Stok village is full of natural beauty and adventure. It is surrounded with amazing colorful fauna and green trees covering you all over the place. During summer or spring seasons it is the best time to come to this place as all the flowers will blossom at this season. This village is situated to the southern part of Leh and also has a palace where King of Laddakh resides. If you have some spare time, then you can visit the palace, as well as the museums which is attached to the palace. This museum contains all the special and religious stuff of laddakh during ancient times and many of the ancient rulers of laddakh.
It is not the place where you will set your tent so you will lead yourself to Chang Ma. It may be little intricate for you to continue your trek, but this feeling will sustain only for some time as after some days you will be used to it. The trek will be covered with snow, and you will have a fun time to reach the final destination for the day. Night will be very beautiful as this place is very popular for camping with the camping fire. You can enjoy your night by playing various games and by viewing the hills covering you from all over the place. Sleep a bit early, as tomorrow, you will have to wake up soon so that you can lead yourself to Mankorma. There are many surprises left for you tomorrow so wait for it and enjoy the pleasing experience in the tents.
Day 4: Chang Ma (13087 ft.) to Mankorma (14200 ft.)
Today you will be reaching Mankorma, and it will be the destination for the day. You can reach this place quiet easily. It is situated at an altitude of 14200 ft. At the starting of the trek, you will face some climb. The climb will traverse through the barren landscape of Ladakh. It is important to be with your teammates all along the trek. All along the way you will not see any trees on the trek, you will just feel a wind blowing, and it may make you feel cold. This is the original beauty of Ladakh when you see the barren lands of grey color and it makes Ladakh the highest cold desert. The winds that will blow is very fast with high velocity and it may move you if you are not careful enough. After travelling in the same direction for some time, you will see some valleys and barren lands. You will be crossing some streams which is the worst part of the trek. When you put your legs in the chilly water, then the cold will run through the spine. After drying you can continue the same direction and you will reach Mankorma. At such a high altitude, you may have some headache so you should carry some medicines along with you to overcome. Rest of the time will be spent in Mankorma itself and at night after having a delicious dinner hit the sleeping bags.
Day 5: Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.)
Today by the finish of the day you will be reaching the base camp of Stok kangri. It is located at 5000m from the sea level .it is also considered as the start of the summit. It is the location where you can choose to have a good time unlimited. It will take around 5 hours to reach the stok kangri camp. The trek to reach this place is also very pleasing and gives a very nice feel. It is also covered with many water bodies like lakes and streams adds more beauty to the scenic location. When sun rays fall in the crystal clear water, then it sparkles like a diamond. The water is so pure as it is nothing but the snow melting down from higher region. As you move more up the level of oxygen becomes more less and hence becomes little difficult for you to breathe. There will be a sudden drop in temperature and hence proper jackets and equipments are supposed to be taken to face such weather. You can make your own lunch in such location, and hot, piping food in this chilly weather will be like heaven on earth. After gaining some energy, you may feel to take some necessary rest so you can also take some time to move around at the same place for an hour or so and then lead to the same path ahead. Many regions ogGulapKangri and Parchakangri can be seen along the way if you see your surroundings.
For the final climb, prepare your trekking gear. At the night, your sleeping bags will call you. After a delicious dinner, go to bed early, the days ahead will be challenging.
Day 6: Rest day + training day
Today is an easy day for you as you will do nothing but take rest and get along with the surrounding. You will dedicate a full day to get accustomed with the place and in knowing all the routes in detail. To spend some time you can also visit some of the nearby places. Since it is just a rest day, you are not supposed to sit in your camp, and sleep all day long. Physical fitness and outside surrounding are very important to view as such views you cannot see again in the near future. Today you will also get to know all aspects of team work and methods that are included in climbing a top of a mountain covered with snow. Your trek leader or guide will give you proper training so that you learn how to climb in such hills. He will also acknowledge you about the challenges that you may face along the way. The most exciting part of the climb is that the legs will be fully inside the snow while climbing as it will be very fresh and soft. So snow trekking boots are must in such conditions or else you should forget to trek in such places. Get to know about the surrounding and weather all through the day and your guide will tell you about the plans to be done in the upcoming days. Night stay will be as usual in the camp by the end you will be very familiar with the conditions and the drastic changes which happens during the night.
Day 7: Base camp (16300 ft.) to Stok Kangri (20080 ft.) back to base camp.
Waking up early is an important and crucial part, as you will have to leave your base camp very soon. From the base camp, you will go till Stok kangri, which is at 20080 feet from the sea level. To reach stok kangri, you will have to cover some 400 feet more high, which means much less in oxygen quantity. After reaching stok kangri top, you will spend some time over there, and you will have to come back to the same base camp from the point you will start today. You should be ready and accompany your co-trekkers. The path will lead you through glaciers then there will be an increase in height and then finally you can view StokKangri ridge. You should also avoid drinking too much of water and help yourself to take the lightest breakfast as heavy breakfast will make you little dizzy.
The route will start with a quite tall ascent, and after that a gradual slope will come till the time you arrive at the glacier. Starting will be very tough for you people as you might be a bit stuck with snow and other problems may arise. The best part is your co-trekkers will help you to motivate and lead forward. The best techniques are to set up small targets, and after reaching such point, you will take rest and lead to the other point. After you start your trek, it will take some 3 hours to reach this destination. Spend some time in clicking some good photos and enjoy the picturesque location. Play with the snow for some time and then again start your journey. Do not demoralize others and keep moving so that other also gets motivated looking at you. It is necessary to carry each step forward with a lot of precaution and ease because if you slip from such an altitude down it will be really hard to survive.
At this place, oxygen will play an important role, and if you feel you cannot breathe properly, you can carry some oxygen masks along with you. It will be a very physical challenge for you to climb in 75 degree angle and at last reach the peak of the hill. As you reach the top, you will see this world very differently. Everything looks very small and tiny, and you can see up to many kilometers from such point. The Karakoram Range and the SaserKangri dominate the north, the Zanskar ranges in the south are easily visible if you move your head a bit. The memories you spent over here cannot be forgotten easily.
It's time to reach back to the base camp, but now you will have to be more careful as now descend is way too much. The gravity will tend to pull you downwards, and you will have to control the speed. As you reach back to the base camp, you will have some of the amazing memories, and you will end the day with dinner and a good note.
Day 8: Base camp to Leh
This is the last day of your trek. You will leave behind the high altitude and other valleys and at last you will come down to Leh. The most imperative thing that you will get to know from this trek is experience and team work that is incomparable. Snow Mountains will be covered with snow and from such an altitude you will trek downwards. Within minutes, you will come down many feet of height. If you try to traverse a bit fast in this steep sloop, then there is possibility may slip and fall. So cover the entire trek with ease without any hurry. After traveling 12 kilometers of trek, you will reach Stok village. This is the place which you have come across earlier. As you reach the village, you will go back to Leh. You cannot make yourself wait to spend some time in a hot bathtub for the relaxation, which is needed, and it will help you to get rid of the stress. There will be a small party which will be organized by the people where you can enjoy.
How to Reach
By Air :-
Jet Airways, Go Air and Air India provide daily (once every day) flight service between New Delhi and Leh. In the summer season, the services may even be provided twice a day. However if you plan a trip to this area of the country, you must try to book your tickets well in advance. This might even cut down the prices which may be levied on booking at the last time. You would enjoy the flight as you would fly over many untouched areas and even some mountain ranges. The aerial view is just fascinating and gives a great start to your tour.
By Road :-
The road from Manali to Leh is only open in the summers. The road trip may take you 2 days, but depending upon the weather conditions, the travel may also extend to 3 or even 4 days. You should also make sure that you carry at least two spare tires. A good advice would be to carry a sleeping bag with you well, as the bus may stop in the middle of nowhere for the overnight stay.
Another route to Leh via Srinagar, also takes around two days. On this route, you would pass through some lonely yet famous villages like Kargil and Khalsi.
1. Accommodation. (Camping) and Leh guest house (Day 1, Day 2 & Day 8 Night)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.)
3. Trek equipments.
4. IMF Permits
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers.
7. Transport from Leh to Road head and return.
1. Food / Meal in Leh.
2. Any kind of personal expenses.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head price Includes.
Personal Backpack- Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter/Mules, but you have to informe us in advance and have to pay Rs. 450/- extra per day per bag. The backpack weight cannot more than 10 kg.
In case of emergency: Safety of our trekkers is of prime importance to us. Our Trek Leaders are well trained to tackle medical emergencies, especially arising due to altitude. In more intense situations, the trekker will be shifted on a stretcher to the nearest medical centre at the earliest. The expenses at the medical centre, if any, are to be borne by the participant. To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.
Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:
The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
When to book:
It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking).
In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -
Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund
(Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)
Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.
1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
Fitness regime for:
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If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned. If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
If you're suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.
July - August are the best months to plan a Stok Kangri Trek. During this time, the peaks are snow clad and the trail offers a beautiful striking, rocky side of the mighty Himalayas.
Stok Kangri is not a simple trek it’s an expedition where experience trekkers can check their fitness level and it is one of the dream trek of every trekkers. Stok Kangri trek is a difficult trek, and it really become difficult because of the snow.
In day time weather is clear, the temperature is around 11 degree, but in night times it gets cold and temperature drops up to 0 to -6 degree. This is one of the toughest treks as temperature wise also.
Average walking distance is 10- 12 km each day and trekkers mostly in 5-7 hrs. Just enjoy it, don’t be disheartened.
NO, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of MYTH about Diamox.
Always trek leads by professional Trek leader who complete Basic and Advance mountaineering course and certified in first-aid course and along with one local guide, cook, helper, porter and other staff.
We try to bring together a small group of like minded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience, normally we take 18 - 20 people in one batch including male and female. We need minimum 6 people to run a fix departure but for the customized trip group size doesn’t matter.
Yes definitely, Security of girls is the foremost important for us. We always create friendly environment on trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. They are very honest and reliable, but we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings.
Once you made the booking our team will send you the trek essentials list according to the trek.
Yes, But you should intimate 15 days in advance, so that we will arrange the porter or mule accordingly.
Good trekking shoes are the most important part of the trek, so you have to be very careful before buying it. You can go through our Article "How to Opt Best Trekking Shoe" to get an idea.
We have three men tents but two people will be accommodating in one tent.
Optimum level of fitness is always required in any trek so that you can enjoy your trek.
We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs during our trek.
Himalayan water is consider as a clean and mineral water but for safe side we use boil water / chlorine tablet in our camps, during the trek ask once to trek leader or guide from where to fill water bottles.
We have Bolero, Max or equivalent to that.
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wilderness first-aid" and be aware of high attitude problems, and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with us. Make sure you are medically fit for a trek or take professional advice if you feel you are unable to judge yourself.
Yes, it is always advisable that in any trek carry your own medication weather organizers carrying it or not.
After choosing the trip you wish to join, the first step is to fill up the booking form, a deposit has to be made in order to confirm the reservation. All details will be emailed to you to make it easy for you to book.
Depending on the prevailing situation, however the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Yes, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people. Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
Risk & Respond
High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response
A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.
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.
Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.
Risk: Weather 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.
Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.
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.
Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They 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.
Risk: 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.
Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.
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