Stok Kangri is one of the highest peaks famous for trekking. The peak is at the height of 20100ft. which is even higher than the highest one in Europe, Mt. Elbrus (18510 ft). Trekking this high peak of India is not an easy one, it falls under the difficult band of treks in India. The toughest is the summit day, it exposes you to drastically freezing temperatures, and trek on glaciers and ridges for hours. The journey has challenging conditions of intolerable cold, inconsistent weather, headaches of high altitude, and whatnot. But at the same time, the peak mends all the cracks and takes you to a natural panoramic view of Zanskar and Indus valley. The Stok kangri trek does not require any technical experience and knowledge but it is essential for the trekkers to have experience of at least 2-3 treks of the height of around 15000ft. It is not for beginners.
The entire journey of 9 days will treat your eyes with magnificent views of trails, ridges, glaciers, barren grey land, grassy pockets, also the Zasker and Karakoram range. During the entire journey, you will experience a perfect blend of difficulty and natural beauty. The Stok village itself is full of natural aesthetics, cultural bliss, and plenty of scenic views all around.
Get started with the thrill at Leh and let's take a deep dive into all the dimensions of these 9 days of adventure.
Maximum altitude: Stok Kangri is at 20180 ft. or 6,070m. It is the highest in the stock range of the Ladakh region.
Grade: Difficult. The trek is considered to be difficult as it includes harsh climatic conditions.
Duration: 8 to 9 days. The trek starts from Leh and ends at Leh, generally on the 9th day
Trekking distance: Mt Stok Kangri trek and Ladakh trekking are about 40 km.
Trail type: Trekking Mountain
Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh. Go Air, Jet Airways, Air India have flights every day from New Delhi to Leh.
Snow Season: The summit is always covered in snow. September or October are the months with adverse weather conditions.
Service from: The service starts and ends at Leh.
Base camp: At 16300 ft. Few hours trek from Mankorma.
Best season: Summer months, from June to September are better to plan the trip.
Region: In the state of Jammu & Kashmir, the Ladakh region
Who can participate: A climber and trekker with experience of treks of around 14,700ft.
Itinerary at a Glance The trek is of 8-9 challenging days filled with thrill, fun, adventure and whatnot.
Day-1 Land at Leh, at a height of 3500m (11500 ft.)
Day-2 Adapt and Explore the land of monasteries (Leh)
Day-3 Drive to Stok Village (11800 ft.) and Trek to Chang Ma (13087 ft.)
Day-4 Chang Ma (13087 ft.) to Mankorma (14200 ft.)
Day-5 Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.)
Day-6 Acclimatization and training at base camp
Day-7 Base camp (16300 ft.) to Stok kangri (20180 ft.) back to base camp
Day-8 Base camp to Stok Village and drive to Leh
Day-9 Departure day from Leh
Land at Leh, at a height of 3500m (11500 ft.)
Day one includes a lot of fun excitement and sufficient relaxation with a cup of tea/ coffee in the lap of Leh.
The excitement of hiking stock kangri gets a head start with your arrival at Leh.
Get into the hotel and relax.
Before having a rigorous trek it is very important to get acclimatized to have a healthy and enjoyable journey.
Relax overnight at the hotel.
Overnight stay at Leh.
Stok kangri trek is an enduring challenge. Don't forget to gather all your courage, excitement, adventure spirit, and patience, along with these packable things:
Before going on one of the most difficult treks, you must know a few things.
Choose the best time to go: explore the mountains when the sun makes it a bit easy to trek. Choose the best time between June and September to explore the Stok Kangri trek.
Get aware of the harsh and unusual climatic conditions in the high altitude. Do take sufficient time to acclimatize to the region.
Mentally prepare yourself for this challenging and extremely uneasy trek. You won't get any facilities, hotel beds, bathrooms, fancy breakfast, or anything. Even minimum amenities may become difficult to get.
Be prepared for extreme weather conditions. The temperature even touches minus 30 at the summit.
Rising altitude may bring you mesmerizing views along with some headaches. Do take prescribed medication if needed. Stay strong, keep going.
Sunburns are common at such high altitudes, must apply sunscreen and wear sunglasses.
Don't forget to bring a camera along with your phone and extra batteries. After the initial days, you will have to stay in tents at such times extra batteries will become lifesavers for your phone and cameras.
Do visit a physician to have a regular checkup to confirm fitness for trekking.
Don't forget to keep adequate warm clothes.
Trekking is possible only with the right kind of shoes in such areas so get yourself the correct ones.
Try to keep luggage minimum.
Do take sufficient breaks and hydrate yourself.
Take protein bars with you and have them when you feel exhausted.
Avoid using plastic anyway.
Do remember to maintain eco-friendly behavior; do not litter.
Before getting on to a decision of going on a trek “Stok Kangri” you must check about the challenges, difficulties and fitness required for the trek. The entire trek from Stok village is lush green and filled with natural bliss. From Chang Ma to the base camp you will find water bodies and the opportunity to stay in tents near them. After this, the tough section of the trip will begin, with 9-10 hours of the trek on glaciers and ridges. After facing the rough and harsh conditions while climbing, you will be amazed to experience the view at the summit. Witness the Karakoram range towards the north and Zanskar range in the south.
Stok Kangri is an expedition with high altitude, terrible cold, harsh Himalayan weather, and an exhausting trek experience. This arid region experiences drastic temperature variations. It even falls from 0 degree Celsius to minus 30 degrees at the summit. You have to be mentally prepared and strong enough to face the harsh conditions and the climate of the region along with minimal available amenities.