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Stok Kangri - Valley Views

  • Region : Leh, Leh & Ladakh
  • Duration : 8 days
  • Distance : 80km
  • Altitude : 20,180 ft ft.
  • Grade : Difficult

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Overview

Stok Kangri is a fascinating trek located in the northern Ladakh region of India. This peak has gained a lot of popularity in the last few years and attracts tourists from every corner of the world. Stok Kangri is situated in far, cold, deserted areas of the Himalayas and therefore it offers complete peace to the visitors.

The sudden changes in the seney throughout the trek because of the many ridges is another reason why a lot of people prefer this trek. The hike will take you through exotic locations and you will be able to spot the famous Karakoram and Zanskar mountain ranges.

The first day will be check-in at Leh. The place is well connected to New Delhi and you will not have problems finding your way here. You will be briefed about the trek by the leader and you can spend the rest of the day acclimatizing and exploring the local Leh market for any supplies that you might need on the trek. Night stay will be at a guesthouse.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Check in at a guesthouse
  • Network - Available
  • ATM - Available
  • Max Altitude - 11,500 ft.
  • Night stay at a guesthouse

Since this trek will take us to extremely high altitudes, it is very important to properly acclimate your body to the environment. We will spend another day in Leh visiting and exploring the natural as well as the cultural beauty of this place. There are a lot of beautiful temples and monasteries in the area that you can check out. Overnight stay will be at a guesthouse.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Acclimatization Day
  • Explore the area around

On the third day our destination will be Chang Ma via Stok Village. We will be driving 35 Km to Stok and then a trek of about 4 hours will take us to our destination. The drive to Stok is an exciting and adventurous ride filled with the natural beauty of lush green trees.

Stok village which lies in the southern region of Leh is famous for the Royal Palace where the recently crowned king of Leh lives. The trek to Chang Ma from Stok is a bit difficult and you might have to walk on the snow. Overnight stay in camps.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Driving Distance - 15 Km
  • Driving Time - 30 min.
  • Trekking Distance - 5.5 Km
  • Trekking Time - 4 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 12,950 ft.
  • Night stay in tents.

On the fourth day of the Stok Kangri Trek, you will get to see the real beauty of Ladakh and get the answer to the question of - Why is Ladakh famous as a cold desert? The complete trail will take you through the grey, barren landscapes with few streams crossing your path. Today’s trek is a relatively easy hike along the river on a slightly ascending trail. Overnight stay will be in tents.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 3.5 Km
  • Trekking Time - 3 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 14,300 ft.
  • Overnight stay in camps

A 4 Km trek from Mankorma will take you to Stok Kangri Base Camp at an extremely high altitude of 16,300 ft. The trail is a moderate - difficult level ascent towards the camp. 

The base camp is located in a scenic location in a grassy area with a number of small waterbodies in the form of lakes and streams around the camp. You can trek a couple of kilometers to the upper areas of the base camp to get the views of some beautiful peaks like - Gulap Kangri & Parcha Kangri. Tomorrow is going to be another acclimatization day as there will be a drastic change in the environment as we climb to the peak. Overnight stay in camps.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 4 Km
  • Trekking Time - 5 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 16,300 ft.
  • Night stay in camps

Today is another acclimatization day as we will be climbing up to an altitude of 20,080 feet tomorrow. Take some time to explore the area around you but make sure not to walk too much or do heavy exercise to conserve energy for the big day tomorrow.

The trek leader will also brief you about the upcoming trek and let you know about the challenges that we might face on our climb to the summit including the terrain and weather conditions. After briefing and planning for climbing the summit, you will also be taught how to use technical equipment that we might need on the trek. Night stay will be in tents.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Acclimatization Day
  • Planning for the peak

The day for the big climb has finally arrived and today, we will be crossing over the 6000 m mark. We will start early in the morning as the 7 Km climb up to the summit will take at least 9 hours to complete and therefore you should be mentally and psychologically prepared for the situation. At the top, you will get a spellbinding view of the entire area. You will have clear views of the Karakoram, Saser Kangri and Zanskar range dominating the skies. Be prepared for the difficult climb down to the base camp where we will spend the night.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 14 Km
  • Trekking Time - 16 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 20,180 ft.
  • Night stay in camps

Today is the final day of the Stok Kangri Trek and we will be walking down 13 Km on a familiar trail back to Stok village. Be prepared for a long difficult hike back. At Stok, a vehicle waiting for you will take you back to Leh and your trek will come to an end with a beautiful journey.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 13 Km
  • Trekking Time - 7 Hours
  • Driving Distance - 15 Km
  • Driving Time - 20 min

By Air -

Flights to Leh are available for booking all year round, even in winters. The Leh Airport is a military airport and security checks are a little more stringent than usual. Please carry a printout of your e-ticket before entering, failing which you might be denied entry. From the airport, you can easily get taxis that will take you to your hotel/resort.

By Bus -

From Jammu and Kashmir or from Manali, if you're planning to approach Leh in a bus, get ready for an adventurous bumpy ride. It’s got what it takes to become the ride of a lifetime and will take at least 4 days (starting at New Delhi).

By Train - 

Pathankot and Chandigarh are the closest railway stations to Leh, still a three-day bus ride away. This is one route that most travellers to Leh avoid. 

Self Drive -

For adventure lovers around the world, hitting the road to Leh is a dream they look forward to living at all times. They may pick up a motorbike, a jeep, an SUV or try to tackle this journey on a bicycle, but driving to Leh is certainly an adventure. You can either take the (lower) road from Jammu and Kashmir or the (higher) road from Rohtang La via Keylong and Sarchu.

Inclusions :-

  1. Accommodation. (Home stay, Camping)
  2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
  3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
  4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
  5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
  6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
  7. Mules to carry the central luggage

Exclusions :-

  1. Any kind of personal expenses.
  2. Food during the transit.
  3. Insurance.
  4. Mules or porters to carry personal luggage.
  5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
  6. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

Note : Normally THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.

Charges of offloading backpack:-

INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance

INR 1500/- if you inform us any later

The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have a waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

Basics Gear
Back pack & rain cover (50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
Head torch 1 Nos.
Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each
  People who use hydration pack
  1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
  Carry at least one thermos flask
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
Be comfy at Stock Kangri
T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts 1 Nos.
Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Poncho 1 Nos.
Think about your head
Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap 1 Nos.
Balaclava 1 Nos.
Neck-gaiters 1 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
        People who wear spectacles- 
  (A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)
  (B)- Photo chromatic glasses. 
Mind your step
Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
Cotton socks 5 pairs
Woollen socks 3 pairs
Gaiters 1 Pair (The Crazy Mountaineers team will notify you if required)
Keep these handy
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woollen gloves 1 Pair
Personal Utilities
Sunscreen cream Hand sanitizer
Moisturiser Antibacterial powder
Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
Lip balm Quick dry towe
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.

Note:-

  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 THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS.
  3. THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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