Rating in India

Stok Kangri

Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking
Tour details
Destinations: Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir
Guide language: English
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  • Overview
  • Date & prices
  • Itinerary
  • Kit list

Overview

Stok Kangri is the highest peak in the Stok range of the Himalayas and the highest trekking peak in India. Located in Ladakh in northwest India, we reach it from the region’s capital, Leh. Ladakh means “the land of high passes” as the region links the Karakorum’s to the north with the Himalayas to the south. It makes a fantastic entry level 6,000m peak as the ascent is not generally considered to be technical, especially as the majority of the mountain is snow-free in July and August. Arriving from Delhi into Leh which lies at 3,524m we spend a few days exploring Leh and some of the local monasteries in order to acclimatise. Our trek begins at Choksi where one extended family farm the small, verdant valley and from here the trek is a wonderful ascent through wild Indian countryside, rural villages and up into spectacular mountain scenery of plunging rivers, steep gorges and high mountain passes all surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks. The summit of Stok Kangri is non-technical but the altitude and cold means it is never easy, our hard work will be rewarded with stunning views of the Himalayas and Karakorums, and on a very clear day the sunrise might even pick out K2 in the distance.

Date & prices

Departure & Return Duration Price (incl. flight) Price (excl. flight)
12 August 201626 August 2016 15 days £2,245 £TBC
09 September 201722 September 2017 15 days £2,345 £TBC
       


INCLUDED:
• Local guides and a 360 guide
• International and domestic flights plus taxes
• Airport transfers
• Pack horses for porterage
• Accommodation during trek (camping)
• Accommodation in Delhi and Leh in doubles/twins with
breakfast
• All accommodation based on two people sharing
• All food whilst on trek
• Breakfast when city based and 2 dinners
• Commemorative short film of the expedition
• Climbing gear (crampons, ice axe) for those without
• Park fees and monastery entrance fees
• Commemorative short film of the expedition
• Professionally edited highlights video of your trip!
NOT INCLUDED:
• Personal equipment and excess baggage
• Staff and guide gratuities
• Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry, room service, etc.
• Alcohol
• Unscheduled hotels and restaurant meals eg if bad weather grounds flights
• Visas

Single Supplement: £260

Itinerary

Depart UK – Arrive Delhi
We arrive in Delhi from London (or Edinburgh) and transfer to our hotel near the airport. The rest of the day is free to relax and recover from the flight or the more adventurous can head into the bustling city.
Fly to Leh
A very early start today for the flight to Leh. The spectacular flight over the Himalaya takes us to one of the highest airports in the world at 3,350m. If the weather is good we should see the Karakorums from the plane, and get a peek at Stok Kangri as we land. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise to the altitude (3,500m). In the afternoon we can have a wander around Leh and its bazaars and explore our home for the next couple of days.
Leh
We stay in Leh in order to begin acclimatising. You are welcome to join us on a very leisurely sightseeing tour to three of the major gompas (monasteries) in the area. We first drive to Shey, a former Royal Palace of the Ladakh kings. Inside is a small temple containing a 350 year old copper and gold statue of Buddha. Next stop is Tikse, perched prominently on top of a hill, its red and white buildings visible for miles. A recently built temple contains a magnificent image of the Future Buddha. Final stop is Stakna, a small, friendly monastery high above the Indus River.
Leh – Choksi (3,210m)
We leave Leh and drive to the start point of our trek. We follow the Indus River for a short while before turning off onto an unpaved track that winds along the Zanskar River. The open valley begins to narrow and steepen until we find ourselves driving along the bottom of a magnificent gorge. At the first bridge we leave the vehicle, put on our packs and have a short climb to Choksi (3,210m) where we camp. This pretty village is inhabited by one large extended family who farm this small valley. In the afternoon we can have a short acclimatisation walk in preparation for tomorrow or just explore our environs.
Choksi – Shepherds hut
Today is our first day of proper trekking as we climb steeply out of Choksi, the valley narrowing spectacularly as we get closer to its head. Looking back over our shoulders, the colourful Ladakh mountains are spread before us. We reach camp around lunchtime, and have the afternoon to explore the area, potentially climbing up to the ridge opposite us for views of the surrounding peaks.
Kang La (4,900m)
We have a short morning’s walk today up to the base of the Kang La (4,900m). After lunch we can climb up to the top of the small rocky peak behind our camp. At 5,056m the views are magnificent - we can see the Kang La and Palam Peak ahead and the Himalayas

are spread in front of us.
Kang La (5,260m)
Although the altitude gain today is seemingly small, today remains a tough day as we head for our first pass. The climb is gentle and long at first, but the last section is steep, rocky and challenging as we try to identify the little-used path. Once we reach the pass the climb up Palam Peak (5,380m) is well worth doing for the views from its summit that are almost as good as from Stok Kangri itself. Looking behind us towards Leh, now several days past, we look ahead towards Stok Kangri, our objective. All around us panoramic views of the Himalayas. We continue from the top, contouring the top of the valley in view of Stok Kangri. Just below the ridge is a high camp we can use, or we continue down towards the base of Ganda La, depending on the weather.
Ganda La (4,970m) – Rumbak
We continue round the valley following the contours once more and then climb up to Ganda La, our second pass, and the entrance to the Markha Valley. From here we can identify the path for the next couple of days, as well as enjoy the spectacular views of the north face of Stok Kangri in the east and the Karakoram Range in the north. The mountain slopes of Ganda La are home to several species of Himalayan wildlife such as blue sheep, marmots, golden eagle and the mystic snow leopard. After enjoying the views we descend down the valley and come across the one house village of Yurutse before entering the Rumbak Valley. Rumbak is inhabited by 20 families and a small gompa.
Rumbak – Mankarmo (4,300m) via Stok La (4,950m)
Today is a big day of trekking, but also one of the most rewarding as we cross the Stok La with its amazing colourful rock formations. The path slopes gently, but soon starts to steepen as it zigzags towards the pass. The views of the Indus Valley, Zanskar and Karakoram Ranges once we reach the pass are second to none, while layer upon layer of multicoloured rock cathedrals are spread before us in every direction. We then drop steeply down the other side, leveling off to contour the valley once more to meet the river that drops from Stok Kangri, following it until we reach Mankarmo, a shepherd settlement.
Mankarmo – Base Camp (5,000m)
The trail from Mankarmo climbs gradually through a rocky river bed towards Base Camp. As we climb higher we can see the north east face of Stok Kangri ahead of the valley. The distance today is quite short so we take our time. After a warm lunch we can get a good rest and in the afternoon organise our climbing gear for the early morning push for the summit. There will be a full briefing about tomorrow’s ascent and a run through of walking in rope teams and with crampons. After an early dinner we retire to bed to rest for a few hours.
Summit (6,173m)
The summit push, like many others, is long and hard. We’re up very early for coffee and porridge before setting off around 2am. The initial climb is gradual, but after about 3 hours we cross the glacier and things get steeper. At around 5,700m we traverse to the exposed left ridge of the mountain, scrambling up the rocky, icy final section to the summit. The route isn’t technical, but the altitude and cold will make it hard work. But hard work will be rewarded with stunning views of the Himalayas and Karakorums, and on a very clear day the sunrise might even pick out K2 in the distance. After lapping up the views and catching our breaths, we head carefully back down to basecamp for a warm brunch, and the chance to climb back into our sleeping bags and catch up with some sleep.
Base camp – Stok
Our final trek day is a stunning one as we wander back down a spectacular valley with wonderful colourful rock formations culminating in our emergence into a fantastic gorge before the trail widens and we reach Stok. Here our transport will meet us and return us to Leh for hot showers and a welcome celebration that evening.
Leh – Delhi
An early start for the flight back to Delhi. EITHER: the rest of the day is free in Delhi for shopping or sightseeing, staying in Delhi overnight. OR: overnight flight to London or Edinburgh.
Delhi – London
Depart Delhi for the flight to London or Edinburgh OR arrive off overnight flight.

Kit list

1 * 4 Season Sleeping Bag
1 * Daysack
1 * Dry Sacks
1 * Kit Bag
1 * Sleeping Bag Liner
1 * Sleeping Matt
1 * Small Bag
2 * Buff Or Scarf
1 * Ski Goggles
1 * Sunglasses
1 * Wide Brimmed Hat
2 * Woolly Hat
3 * Base Layers
1 * Down Jacket
1 * Expedition Mitts
1 * Gilet
1 * Gloves
1 * Light Insulated Jacket
2 * Mid Layer
1 * Outer Layer
1 * Long Johns
1 * Softshell Trousers
2 * Trekking Trousers
1 * Underwear
1 * Waterproof Trousers
1 * 3- 4 Season Walking Boots
1 * High Altitude Plastic Boots
1 * High Altitude Socks
1 * Trainers
4 * Trekking Socks
1 * Alcohol Rub
1 * Nappy Bags
1 * Toilet Paper
1 * Travel Towel
1 * Wash Kit
1 * Water Bottles
1 * Water Purification
1 * Wet Wipes
1 * Spare Clothing
1 * Crampons
1 * Figure Of 8
1 * Harness
1 * Ice Axe
2 * Locking HMS Karabiners
2 * Sling (60cm)
1 * Personal First Aid Kit
1 * Personal Medication
1 * Vaccinations
1 * Camera
1 * Credit Card
1 * Headtorch
1 * Lipsalve
1 * Money
2 * Padlocks
1 * Penknife
1 * Sewing Kit
1 * Snacks
2 * Sunblock
1 * Trekking Poles
1 * Copy Of Passport
1 * Passport
1 * Passport Photos X4
1 * Travel Insurance
1 * Visa

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of 360 Expeditions
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