Duration : 25 days / 12 days trekking + 1 day peak ascension / Period : June to September Level : strenuous and highly experience required / Type : Trekking and culture
Stok Kangri (6120m)
Stok Kangri has gained 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.
This Itinerary privileges a progressive and slow acclimatization (2 preparation treks) to prevent a possible negative reaction to altitude (a fundamental factor in this type of journey) and to try to garantee the achievement of this very ambitious trekking … maybe the ultimate one !
It gives also the possibility to visit the popular Nubra Valley and pass by the mythic Kardung La (5430 m) the highest world road pass.
Just in 2 words : a must !
DAY 1 : ARRIVAL DELHI – HOTEL – FLIGHT DELHI-LEH – TRANSFER GUESTHOUSE
DAY 2, 3, 4 : ACCLIMATIZATION & VISITS
ACCLIMATIZATION TREK 1 : SHAM VALLEY
DAY 5 : LEH – LIKIR – YANGTHANG 3hrs
DAY 6 : YANGTHANG – HEMIS SHUKPACHAN VIA RIZONG 6-7 hrs
DAY 7 : HEMIS SHUKPACHAN – TINGMOSGAM 4 hrs
DAY 8 : RETURN TO LEH BY JEEP 3 hrs & REST
DAY 9 : LEH – KHARDUNG LA – KYAGAR – HUNDER BY JEEP
ACCLIMATIZATION TREK 2 : NUBRA VALLEY
DAY 10 : HUNDER – SKARCHEN (3800 m)
DAY 11 : SKARCHEN – HUNDER DOK (4010m) 4-5 hrs
DAY 12: HUNDER DOK – THANGLASGO (4500m) 5-6 hrs
DAY 13 : THANGSLASGO – LASERMO LA BASE (4800m) 5-6 hrs
DAY 14 : LARSERMO LA BASE – LASERMO LA (5400m) – LASERMO LA SOUTH BASE (4800m) 6-7 hrs
DAY 15 : LASERMO LA SOUTH BASE – MOROBUK – RETURN LEH 4-5 hrs trek / 40mins jeep
DAY16 : LEH (3500 m) – CHANG MA (3990 m) – MANKORMA (4328 m)
DAY 17 : MANKORMA (4328 m) – BASE CAMP (4968 m)
DAY 18 : REST, ACCLIMATIZATION AND TRAINING
DAY 19 : REST AND STOK KANGRI (6145 m) ASCENSION – BASE CAMP
DAY 20 : REST BASE CAMP
DAY 21 : BASE CAMP – STOK – LEH – TAXI & REST
DAY 22, 23 : LEH REST
DAY 24 : FLIGHT RETURN LEH – DELHI – TRANSFER HOTEL – DEPARTURE
Day 1 : Arrival
Arrival in Delhi nightime stay in hotel
Early morning flight from Delhi to Leh, transfer to guesthouse and rest.
Day 2, 3, 4 : Rest
Visit on day 3 Thiksey and Alchi monasteries.
ACCLIMATIZATION TREK 1 : LIKIR TO TEMISGAM (SHAM VALLEY)
Sham trek is one of the easiest treks and the road next to the trail makes it much easier as many tourists feel reluctant to walk on the trail and prefer to drive. Leh and Shey have been the capitals of the historic kingdom of Tibet. But no doubt, trekking is a far better choice than the bumby drive. The trail starts with centuries old monasteries and later courses through villages. This trek offers a lot in a limited time frame and perfect for the beginners – from the cultural interaction, homestays to the best landscapes. Most of the time you walk on barren land and suddenly the views open with lush green poplar trees.
Day 5: LEH – LIKIR – YANGTHANG (4-5HRS)
We start the Day early in the morning from the Leh. It is 2 hours drive from Leh to Likir following the Indus River. Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.
After visiting the famous Likir monastery we begin our trek below a mountain nearby the monastery.
Day 6: YANGTHANG – HEMIS SHUKPACHAN VIA RIZONG (6-7 HRS)
ToDay our trek is pretty long. We walk alongside the river and trees amidst the gorge to the Rizong monastery. It is worth visiting Rizong Monastery, which is an isolated at the back of a natural amphitheatre and has three main rooms to visit, two with large Buddhas and third with a large stupa.
After visiting the gompa, we ascend gradually to the Shushut pass 4000 m. From the pass we have a view of Hemis Shukpachan as well as surrounding peaks. An easy descent towards our camp at Hemis Shukpachan takes a couple of hours. It is one of the major villages of Sham, and the name of the village is derived from the conifers (shukpa cedar or juniper).
Day 7: HEMIS SHUKPACHAN – TINGMOSGAM (4 HRS)
From Hemis Shukpachan we go onto a flat ground as far as ill-defined pass alongside the Chortens (stupas). A steep descent will lead us to the right side of the mountains and climb steadily on the slope towards the Mebtak La 3720 m.
After taking short rest and enjoying the view from the pass, we head down to the village of Ang. From Ang, we head towards the south on the dusty jeep road to the village of Tingmosgam. Tingmosgam is well famed for its monastery, and is perhaps the most affluent village in the sham valley for its apricots, apples, nuts and beautiful houses.
Day 8 : RETURN TO LEH BY JEEP (2-3 HOURS) Rest …
Day 9 : LEH – KHARDUNG LA – KYAGAR – HUNDER
Today, we will drive to Kyagar Village via Khardung La (5420 m) , the highest motorable road in the world. Explore Samstanling Monastery and the small human settlements then direction Hunder to our first camp.
TREK ACCLIMATIZATION 2 : NUBRA VALLEY
Once served as a transit area for traders on the silk route, Nubra Valley, is now a must visit place for any trekker. With its sand dunes to double humped camels and from extravagant river valleys to its lush green barley fields, it is truly a delight to every eye. Driving across the Khardungla, highest motorable pass our route takes us to the heart of the Nubra valley, Hundar, near to the Diskit monastery from where we start our trek. Walking through breathtaking gorges and large meadows of the Nubra valley, our trek passes through Lasermo La (5400m), an eternally snow bound pass connecting Nubra and Indus Valleys.
Day 10 : HUNDER (3800 m)
To Valley to shepherd’s at Skarchen (3800 meters) at the confluence of 2 streams. It is here that we will set the camps and have an overnight stay.
Day 11 : SKARCHEN – HUNDER DOK (4010m) 4-5 hrs
A two hour walk in the gorge leads us to the Wachan village crossing. From here the trail climbs up and leads us up to the village of Dok yongma from where the trail to the village Hunder Dok is well defined and passes through spectacular lush green barely fields. Hundar Dok is almost a hidden Village and nobody would realize that such a big Village could exist somewhere inside when you start trekking. The narrow Nubra gorge just opens up to this massive Village with farmfields of barley, wheat and potatoes. Overnight Camp.
Day 12 : HUNDER DOK – (4500m) 5-6 hrs
Today we start our walk following a small stream leading out of the Village. The trail leads us to the junction of the Thanglasgo valley and the Snui Sumdo valleys. Following a small stream in the Thanglasgo valley we gradually climb up to the Thanglasgo, our destination for the day. Thanglasgo also serves as the grazing grounds for all the cattle(Yak, Sheep, Goat) from Hundar Dok and Wachan. There are 2 big Shepherd’s settlements here. We camp a little ahead of these settlements. Overnight Camp.
Day 13 : THANGSLASGO – LASERMO LA BASE (4800m) 5-6 hrs
The trail to Lasermo La base starts with following a small stream. The trail passes through large meadows gradually gaining altitude and is very well defined. There are a few lakes too which have been formed by the water draining from the glacier. Yaks and Dzos can be seen grazing around. On reaching the base camp of the Lasermo La we get spectacular views of the eternally snow bound Lasermo La pass. Overnight Camp.
Day 14 : LARSERMO LA BASE – LASERMO LA (5400m) – LASERMO LA SOUTH BASE (4800m) 6-7 hrs
We make an early start so that we walk on had snow and try to cross the pass before the sun starts thawing it. As the sun warms up, the snow loosens and the horses sink in. Starting early morning we climb up gradually crossing the moraine and reach the snow line. From then on it is walking on snow till the top of the Lasermo La. The Pass offers a spectacular view of the Karakoram mountains and the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. From the pass, we descend to the south base of the Lasermo La. The south base is naked without any snow on the surface. Laser Overnight Camp.
Day 15 : LASERMO LA SOUTH BASE – MOROBUK – RETURN LEH 4-5 hrs trek / 40mins jeep
On the final day of the trek we descend to Morobuk accompanied by wonderful views of the Stok Range and later drive back to Leh. Overnight guesthouse.
STOK KANGRI TREK
A classic trek to a spectacular 6000m peak in Ladakh. The Stok range lies on the southern skyline of Leh, the capital of Ladakh, and Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the range. During the first two days set aside for acclimatisation we visit the colourful monasteries of Shey & Thiksey and checkout the charming market in Leh. We set off on our 4 day acclimatization trek to the Base Camp starting from Matho Village and then over the Matho La. The climb up to the summit is technically straightforward and safe of any objective dangers. On the summit stretch, we cross a glacier and then a steep climb on to the south ridge from where it is an exposed walk right up to the summit. It’s a challenging climb even for the fittest of the climbers and is a great adventure in Himalayan mountaineering.
Day 16 : LEH (3500 m) – CHANG MA (3990 m) – MANKORMA (4328 m)
In the morning, drive to the picturesque village of Stok. It is located south of Leh, and from the vehicle, enchanting views of naked mountains and the lush green fields nestled amidst them. The road goes through the Himalayas, and is lined with birch trees, which provide a rich contrast to the otherwise barren slopes of the region.
Stok, located at an altitude of around is amongst the oldest inhabited places in Ladakh. The village was the residence of the former Ladakhi royal family, and a museum here displays their belongings. The most prominent attraction here is the Stok Monastery, which was constructed somewhere in the 14th century. Your Stok Kangri expedition begins after you arrive in this picturesque and culturally rich village. In the first stage, you hike through the mountains to Chang Ma.
After a rest we continue to walk through the mountains, and ascend to greater heights for roughly 3 hours on a relatively easier track. On the way we pass some pretty streams and scenic high-altitude Ladakhi mountain valleys. As we cross the first brook, the scenery will change altogether
Mankorma consists of flat and wide terrain with thorny bushes, typical of desert-type vegetation, scattered all around. A narrow stream flows below and makes for an ideal site to camp. Overnight in tent.
Day 17 : MANKORMA (4328 m) – BASE CAMP (4968 m)
The following section of Stok Kangri trekking will take you to the base camp of the summit. It will be a difficult ascent as the continuous gain in altitude. After you cross a hissing river, the trail will become wider and smoother, but will keep ascending. Along the way, you will see numerous alpine lakes and also walk across mountainous meadows, where you may be able to see sheep grazing on lush grass.
On reaching the base camp, enjoy lunch and spend the rest of the day at leisure. The base camp is situated on a comparatively flatter land form. A narrow brook makes its way through here, and the slopes and ground have a nice green covering. In almost any season, you will be able to see some amount of snow at the topmost points of the mountains, which encircle the base camp. There are a few smaller peaks here, which you may climb as a means of preparing yourself for the toll-taking ascent, which you will encounter later in your expedition. Relish dinner in the evening, and then retire for the night in the tents provided to you.
Day 18 : REST, ACCLIMATIZATION AND TRAINING
Though it does not involve any hiking, this is one of the most important days of your excursion. The rest has been provided so that you are able to further acclimatise to the weather and topographical conditions, and also get the necessary information needed for scaling the summit. Your team leader will brief you about the different challenges and hazards you might face during the climb. Make sure you have snow boots as the snow will be soft, and as a result, your feet will sink in it. Also ask your guide about the trekking plan, the terrain of the region, and what all you need to do or carry. Post the briefing, explore the area, click pictures, relax, and later enjoy another overnight stay here in tents.
Day 19 : REST PREPARATION AND STOK KANGRI (6145 m) ASCENSION – BASE CAMP (12-15 hrs)
After a long day to wait and spent to the last preparations we start our night ascension round 20-21 pm. This final step brings yet another phase of long and rigorous mountaineering. Considering the length of the journey, it will be divided into a number of smaller sections, and you will stop to rest after each one. Starting from here you will travel to a glacier. You will first encounter a sharp and lengthy ascent, after which the altitude gain will become lesser. The slopes and your ascent will be gentle till you arrive at the magnificent river of ice, which originates from the peak.
You reach the glacier after a gruelling hike of approximately three hours from the base camp. The real climb to the summit of Mount Stok Kangri begins here. To reach the top, you will climb for about two hours more along the southern face of the mountain. The gradient of the slope here is almost 75 degrees, and the path contains loads of small rocks and enormous boulders. Remember to climb carefully as one little mistake can be dangerous. Post negotiating the rocky path for about an hour, you will see that the climb has become gentle, and it is way easier to walk now than it was before.
From here, you will get a clear view of the summit and colourful Buddhist prayer flags decorating it. On reaching the top, look around and see the Karakoram Range in the north and the Zanskar Mountains in the south. Post enjoying your success and clicking photos, retrace the track back to the base camp. Coming down brings a different challenge as due to the force of gravity, you will end up descending too fast. You will need to keep a check on your velocity. On arriving at the base camp eat and rest.
Day 20 : REPOS BASE CAMP
Day 21 : BASE CAMP – STOK – LEH – TAXI & REST
The last phase of your Stok Kangri trek will make you travel for 12 km till you reach the village of Stok. On arrival in the village, board a vehicle and drive back to Leh. After you reach the town, transfer to your lodging and rest for the night.
Day 22, 23 : LEH REST
Day 24 : FLIGHT RETURN LEH – DELHI – TRANSFER HOTEL – DEPARTURE IN THE EVENING
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WHAT A TOUR COST WILL INCLUDE :
- Accommodation in Delhi at mentioned hotel with breakfast.
- Accommodation in “A” category hotel at Leh with breakfast
- Transportation for sightseeing as per the itinerary by Scorpio/Gypsy/Sumo.
- English Speaking monastery guide for sightseeing
- All monastery entrance fees in Ladakh
- Arrival and departure transfers at airports in Delhi and Leh with assistance
- Trek on full board
- All trekking equipments; sleeping tents, sleeping bags, dinning tents, kitchen tent, toilet tents, carry mats, water cans, kitchen utensils and accessories etc.
- All trekking staff : Mountain Guide, Trek Cook, Helper, Horse/Pony
- Transportation for trek staff, equipment and food items.
- Potable oxygen cylinder as per requirement
- Hyperbaric Gamow bag as per requirement
- First Aid Box (No imported medicines and accessories)
- Any Inner-line permits applicable as per the regions.
WHAT A TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE :
- Trekking & Mountain shoes
- Crampons, Specific mountain material
- Food & meals while not treking
- Government Service tax 3.09% on package
- Medical and insurance of any kind.
- Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation, strike or any other natural calamities
- Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges and items of personal nature.
- If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
- If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
- If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
- In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled 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.
- The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
- The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
- In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
- Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.