The Stok Kangri Summit Adventure -

10 days, 9 nights
Visit : Leh, Rumbak, Mounkarmo, Stok Kangri

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 he ...

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 August 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!

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • Stok Kangri is a challenging mountain that presents a wonderful array of natural beauty on the way up. If climbing this fascinating mountain in the fastest possible manner sounds like your idea of a fun trip then this trip is certainly for you!
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • The summit of Stok Kangri
  • The monasteries and markets of Leh
  • The gorgeous Mount Karmo
Start of Tour

Leh

End of Tour

Mounkarmo

  • Day 1Arrive Leh (3500m)
    • On a clear day, flights to Leh offer excellent views of the mighty Himalayas. Very soon you're going to be right in the middle of these mountains. Upon arrival at Leh homestay, we recommend you to spend this day resting which will help your body acclimatize to the altitude.

    • Meals - Dinner
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  • Day 2In Leh (3500m)
    • Today will be a free day for acclimatization. If you prefer, you can explore the markets in Leh or do local sightseeing on your own. Keep the day easy to acclimatize to the altitude. (B,D)

    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner
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  • Day 3Leh - Rumbak (3870m)
    • We start with a drive to Zingchen. The drive takes us past the Leh airstrip, the Spituk Gumpa, and crosses the River Indus on a bumpy road. Then we start our trek up to Rumbak along the stream till we get to the pastures. The campsite is just an hour's walk from here.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 4Rumbak - Mounkarmo (4250m)
    • After an early morning breakfast, we approach the base of the Stok La and start climbing the steep winding trail up to the pass. Stok La is at 4,890 m, and this climb makes everyone feel the altitude. A steep descent from here brings us to the Stok Valley and along the more popular route used to approach the mountain. We camp at a small campsite just short of the bigger campsite of Mount Karmo.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 5In Mountkarmo
    • Today we take an acclimatisation climb up a side valley to get some real height gain in. We'll return to the camp by late afternoon for a hot lunch.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 6Mounkarmo - Stok Kangri Base Camp (4975m)
    • Now we follow the busy trail up to the Stok Kangri base camp. It's a short day with a 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, do a short yet steep hike to gain some altitude.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 7Preparation Day at Stok Kangri Base Camp (4975m)
    • We spend the first half of the day getting our 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.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 8Trek to Stok Kangri (6150m)
    • 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 and back. The climb has a steep start 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 Stok Kangri, which offers wide open views of the Karakoram range on the north with the Saser Kangri dominating the sky and Zanskar ranges to the south.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 9Stok valley - Stok village
    • We exit out of the Stok valley at Stok village, and board vehicles for our drive back to Leh. Once in Leh, we can enjoy the comforts of our hotel, and even do some quick last minute shopping in the markets.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 10Depart Leh
    • We'll have an early morning transfer to Leh Airport for our Leh-Delhi flight, bringing our wonderful adventure together to an end.

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    • Meals - Breakfast
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Inclusions

  • 09 nights accommodation Homestay in Leh on twin sharing basis & camping during the trek.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers - Leh to Stok village and return.
  • Sanctuary Fee.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Professional guide.
  • All trekking arrangements with an experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook etc.
  • Royalty and permits.

Exclusions

  • Any transportation to / from Leh. Your tour price starts Ex Leh.
  • Porters or mules to carry your personal luggage. This can be arranged for you at an additional price of INR 4200. This will cover porterage of your personal luggage upto 10 kilograms for 07 trekking days.
  • Airport transfers - Budget around 400 per vehicle per way from airport to guest house/ homestay and back.
  • Local sightseeing in Leh on Day 2.
  • Lunches in Leh.
  • International / domestic air ticket.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Visa charges.
  • Optional activities.
  • Entrance fees to monasteries / monuments.
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Evacuation charges and damage of any nature.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions
  • Government Service Tax of 9.0%.

Price - Valid till 31 Dec 2020

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Leh 18,500
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

  • Ex Leh

Accommodation

Homestay in Leh on twin sharing basis and camping accommodation while trekking. You will sleep inside tents. Karri mats are provided for you to sleep on and are placed under your sleeping bag. If you have your personal karrimat, please carry it along.

Things to Carry

    While walking the body heats up and all we need to wear is a T-shirt & cargos/ trousers. However all our warm clothes will come into play in the mornings / evenings when we aren't doing much physically. A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

    The following is a list of things that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ankle high Trekking / Climbing Boots (which can take crampons) - Most Imp
    • Depending on the snow conditions we sometimes need plastic boots for the climb which can be hired easily in Leh.
    • Clothing Apart from the regular clothes.
    • Thermal Underwears / Long Johns (Upper + Lowers).
    • Quick dry Trousers.
    • Shirt / T- Shirt.
    • Warm Fleece / Jacket.
    • Insulating Layers.
    • Down Clothing (optional).
    • Wind protection and Rain protection gear.
    • Extremities:
    • Hands (gloves - 2 pair woollens + 1 pair with hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 1/2 pair nylon + 2/3 pairs cotton / woollen),
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • Sleeping bag (-5 deg C or lower)
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which gets loaded on mules
    • A day pack which one needs to carry oneself.
    • Climbing Equipment (if needed can also be hired in Leh).
    • Climbing Boots.
    • Harness.
    • Crampons.
    • Ice Axe.
    • Carabiner - 1.
    • Gaiters. Budget on spending Rs 3000/- on rental
    • Other Gear.
    • Sunglasses.
    • Sandals for the camp.
    • Headlamp / Torchlight.
    • Trekking Poles.
    • Water bottle - should have atleast 2 lits for the Summit bid.
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
    • Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc. (Important for those long boring times when the weather turns bad)
    • Personal medicines if any.

Travel Tips

  • Type of Food

    Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc.. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek - it will either be bottled or boiled with a dash of iodine.

  • Clothes to carry

    While walking the body heats up and all we need to wear is a T-shirt & cargos/ trousers. However all our warm clothes will come into play in the mornings / evenings when we aren't doing much physically. A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

  • Equipment Checklist

    The following is a list of things that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ankle high Trekking / Climbing Boots (which can take crampons) - Most Imp
    • Depending on the snow conditions we sometimes need plastic boots for the climb which can be hired easily in Leh.
    • Clothing Apart from the regular clothes.
    • Thermal Underwears / Long Johns (Upper + Lowers).
    • Quick dry Trousers.
    • Shirt / T- Shirt.
    • Warm Fleece / Jacket.
    • Insulating Layers.
    • Down Clothing (optional).
    • Wind protection and Rain protection gear.
    • Extremities:
    • Hands (gloves - 2 pair woollens + 1 pair with hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 1/2 pair nylon + 2/3 pairs cotton / woollen),
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • Sleeping bag (-5 deg C or lower)
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which gets loaded on mules
    • A day pack which one needs to carry oneself.
    • Climbing Equipment (if needed can also be hired in Leh).
    • Climbing Boots.
    • Harness.
    • Crampons.
    • Ice Axe.
    • Carabiner - 1.
    • Gaiters. Budget on spending Rs 3000/- on rental
    • Other Gear.
    • Sunglasses.
    • Sandals for the camp.
    • Headlamp / Torchlight.
    • Trekking Poles.
    • Water bottle - should have atleast 2 lits for the Summit bid.
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
    • Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc. (Important for those long boring times when the weather turns bad)
    • Personal medicines if any.

  • Our Crew

    Our entire crew will consist of guide and cooking staff (along with mules and mule men), which would prepare the days meals for the days that we are camping out.

  • Flight Information

    You can arrive in Leh anytime on the first day. For this trek, we recommend you arrive prior to the beginning of the trek. Being present at this altitude earlier will assist your acclimatization process.

  • Medication & First Aid

    It will help for you all to carry some easy to access medicine on the trip, for headaches, diarrhea, constipation, and some re-hydration powders like Electral etc. It's also a good idea to have a roll of toilet paper accessible should you need to go.

  • Altitude considerations

    Travel to any part of the Indian Himalayas deserves a little more respect than many other mountain ranges because most of the regions lie in high altitudes 2500 meters (8000 ft). This is not something that you should worry about. The human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of barometric pressures and there is plenty of oxygen even at the highest point of our trips. However, this process of adaptation or acclimatisation does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. This trip itinerary gives the best possible acclimatization program within the limitations of an 11 day holiday. Our trek leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimise any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject. We do not take heart or lung patients, or pregnant mothers on such trips.

  • Luggage Info

    It's best to carry your belongings in a large, tough duffel bag or a big rucksack. Pack similar things such as clothes, washing things, camping equipment etc. in separate stuff sacks or polythene bags so they are easier to pull out and add to the waterproofing in your bag. Your main bag should be a tough one as it will be on mule back or with the porter, not the best place to be for a fragile backpack.
    While trekking you will need to carry a small daypack big enough to carry your camera, water bottle, packed lunch, a warm layer and wind/rain jacket.

  • Typical Day on the Trip

    A day on a trek begins with breakfast at 7 am by which time; you are expected to vacate your tent so packing can begin. Your help with setting up and packing up of tents is always welcome. We aim to usually be on the trail by 8:30 am and reach our camp for the day by 2-3pm, if not earlier. Long days on the trail may mean an earlier start and an 8-10 hour walking day. On the climb up to the summit we start as early as 2:30 am to get the best of the weather conditions. Lunch is usually had on the walk, and you'd get into camp for a welcome cup of tea.

  • Approximate Group Size

    10 to 16 people

  • Money to carry

    10 to 15 thousand Indian rupees

  • Tipping

    All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory, however if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.

  • Books to Read

    The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas - This is the story of a woman from Wales who follows her husband to Kashmir where she lives among the locals and gradually begins to accept the way of life before tracing the ancestry of her long lost grandparents in Kashmir.

    The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts - This is an account of India from the perspective of a foreigner who has made it his home. Though it is primarily set in Mumbai, it tells the story of an outsider's perspective into India and gets into the minds and thought processes of what an Indian identity means.