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Mount Stok Kangri Expedition in Leh Ladakh

Mount Stok Kangri Expedition in Leh Ladakh

Overview

One can witness how beautiful Ladakh is by traveling through its lakes, mountains, valleys, deserts, monasteries, and absorb its culture. If one wants to come close to nature and experience some extreme adventure, the best way is to trek through the Ladakh Himalayan Ranges. Stok Kangri Expedition is known for its toughness where you face the blustery winds and perilously towards slippery slopes, hence crampons are a must. Get yourself acclimatized properly for a minimum of 2 days (recommended) before you head out for the trek. If you think you are arduous, then you should go through these Eight Days of adamance and one of the resilient treks of Ladakh on the Karakoram Mountain Ranges, scaling the different Passes; pushing yourself to the zenith of your limits.

  • Leh, Ladakh
  • Extreme
Day 1:- Arrival Leh

Altitude:- 3500 m/11,500 ft

Check in Hotel

Briefing about the trek at 5 pm (mandatory)

Understanding basics of Acclimatization

Stay in hotel

Day 2:- Leh (Acclimatization day)

Acclimatization and sightseeing in Leh

Can visit to monasteries: Shey, Thiksey, Sangam, and Hemis

Stay in hotel

Downhill cycling tour around the town

Day 3:- Leh to Chang Ma via Stok Village

Altitude:- 3,950 m/12,950 ft

Stok Village:- 3,500 m/11,500 ft

Leh to Stok Village:- Drive 15 km, 35 minutes

Trek 5.5 km, 4 hrs

Moderate level of ascent

Can refill water from river

Hot lunch at camp site

Night stay in tent

Day 4:- Chang Ma to Mankorma

Altitude:- 4350 m/14,300 ft

Trek 3.5 km, 3 hrs

Easy level of ascent

Can refill water from river

Hot lunch at camp site

Night stay in tent

Day 5:- Mankorma to Base camp

Altitude:- 4900 m/16,000 ft

Trek 4 km, 4 hrs

Moderate to difficult level of ascent

Till first half can refill water from river and rest there is no water point

Hot lunch at camp site

Night stay in tent

Day 6:- Rest day + training day

The team will issue you the technical equipment

Learn how to use technical equipment

Briefing and planning for the summit

Don’t exhaust your body, take rest as much as you can

Push for the Summit at 10 pm (Timings may change)

Day 7:- Base camp to Stok Kangri back to Base camp

Altitude:- 6153 m/20,180 ft

Trek 7 km each way, 14 hrs

Reach on the Summit by 6 am

Reach to Base camp by 12 noon

Packed breakfast and hot lunch at camp site

Carry enough hot water, only one water point at glacier(very cold)

Route:-

Base camp to first rest point:- 35-45 min, Steep ascent

Rest point to ABC:- 45 min, Gradual ascent

Glacier crossing point:- 40 min, almost flat walk

To start of slope:- 20-35 min, moderate to difficult ascent

To Shoulder/ South ridge:- 2-2.5 hrs, very difficult ascent

To Summit:- 2.5-3.5 hrs, difficult ascent

Day 8:- Base camp to Stok Village and drive to Leh

Trek 13 km, 6 hrs

Drive 15 km, 35 minutes

Water available on the way

Packed lunch

Reach Leh by 5 pm

Check in Hotel

  1. Guest house (twin / triple) and  camping (twin sharing)
  2. Indian Vegetarian Meals with Egg as per itinerary (It start from Lunch on Day 3 to packed Lunch on Day 8.)
  3. Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and microspikes (if required)
  4. Camping Charges
  5. First aid medical kits, stretcher & oxygen cylinder
  6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff
  7. Transport from Leh guest house to Stok village and return as per the itinerary

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.

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.

  1. Water- 2 bottles of one litre each
  2. Carry at least one thermos flask
  3. Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
  4. Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
  5. Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
  6. Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
  7. Woolen cap 1 Nos.
  8. Balaclava 1 Nos.
  9. Neck-gaiters 1 Nos.
  10. Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
  11. People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
  1. Experience of high altitude trek at least 2 treks of more than 4500 mt. or 14,700 ft. (moderate to difficult grade).
  2. The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 6 km of distance in 35 minutes without stress.
  3. A goods carrying benchmark relevant in this expedition, the climber should be able to carry a 10 to 15 kg expedition backpack.
  4. Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have these conditions mentioned.
Trekking Guide

About the instructor

They are a team of well Experienced & Equipped personnel, have been organizing treks and mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas for a long time. Their highly-trained team of local guides & Sherpa’s will lead you to real adventure in any of the Himalayan ranges.  From the greenest beginner to the sharpest adventurer, they can get you where you want to and assure you a truly remarkable experience

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