Stok Kangri Trek: A classic trek offering a climb to a spectacular 6000m peak. Stok range lies on the southern skyline of Leh, the capital of Ladakh and Stok Kangri is the highest mountain on it. During the first three days set aside for acclimatization we visit the colorful monasteries of Shey & Thiksey and drive up to Khardung La, one of the world’s highest motor able passes. Having acclimatized we set off on our 3 day trek to Base Camp through the Rumbak village and over the Stok La. The climb up to the summit is technically straightforward and safe of any objective dangers. On the summit bid, we cross the glacier and then climb sleepily on to the south ridge, from where it is an exposed walk right up to the summit. It’s a challenging climb even for the fittest of climbers and is a great introduction to Himalayan mountaineering.
Trip Duration: 11 days
Grading: Demanding trek /Easy climb
Places Visited: Leh, Stok valley, Khardung La
Highlights: Perfect introduction to himalayan climbing. No previous climbing experience required. Buddhist monasteries and Leh. Khardung la (5570m), highest motorable Road on Earth.
Day 1 Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m)
Day 2 Sightseeing around Leh
Day 3 Leh – Khardung La (5570m)- Leh. 5hrs
Day 4 Drive Leh to Zingchen (3385m). Trek to Rumbak (3880m). 4hrs
Day 5 Trek Rumbak to Chorten Chang (4250m). 6 – 7 hrs
Day 6 Trek Chorten Chang to Stok Kangri Base Camp (4975m). 3 – 4 hrs.
Day 7 Rest at the base camp
Day 8 Climb Stok Kangri (6153m) and return to Base camp. 12 – 15 hrs
Day 9 Spare day – Stok Kangri climb
Day 10 Trek to Stok village and drive to Leh. 6 – 7 hrs trek, 1 hr drive.
Day 11 Fly back to Delhi from Leh
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Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request
What to expect on Stok Kangri Climb: Low temperatures & high altitudes are going to be our main concern on this trip and we must be adequately prepared
to deal with them.
Equipment: For this trip you will need the following: Plastic double mountaineering boots or well insulated, 4-season mountaineering boots, crampons with front points, trekking poles, climbing harness, a couple of carabineers’, 4-season sleeping bag (at least 0 deg C), walking boots, waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket or similar, down jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, daypack, head-lamp, water bottles, sun cream. A more detailed packing check list will be provided with your confirmation of booking. There are many equipment rental shops in Leh and we will assist you to pick any mountaineering gear you may need. Budget on spending atleast ` 3000 as rental for all mountaineering gear needed for the trip. Leh also has a lot of shops selling outdoor/camping gear. Things like trekking poles, headlamps, trekking trousers, fleece jackets etc can always be bought cheaply in Leh.
Temperatures: Ladakh lies north of the Great Himalayan Range and is hence unaffected by the monsoon clouds which shed all the rain
on hitting the Himalayas from the south. On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down in the valleys would be around 25°C, with night-time lows being around 15°C. At our highest camps, the night-time temperature could fall as low as minus 5°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh usually has very stable weather from June to September. However mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or snowfall cannot be ruled out.
Altitude Consideration: Once we get up to heights above 3000m, altitude starts to become a concern and one must deal with it carefully. Our bodies slowly get used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatised properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without any aided oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought over and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized for the summit bid.
Our trip 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.
Baggage allowance: You would need to have two bags for the trip – the main baggage & the day pack. Your main baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals and it should not weigh more than 15 kgs. You would be walking with your day pack which should be large enough to carry your rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. Day packs which give you an easy access to your water bottles, and some loops to keep your trekking poles etc are far better than plain day packs. Its a good idea to have slightly larger daypack than a smaller one as you might need to stuff in a lot of extra layers in the bag on the summit afternoon. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.
Level of climbing skill needed: You do not need any climbing skills for this trip, good physical & mental fitness is the only pre-requsite. Stok Kangri is classified as a trekking peak and is a straightforward climb. Having experience of trekking in the Himalayas or to altitudes of 3500m would help. Climbs in the month of July sometimes encounter deep snow and some ice which is normally easier to climb on than climbing boulders & scree. Snow & Ice on the mountain would mean that climbing shoes, climbing harness, crampons & gaiters would come into play. The entire climbing kit can be hired in Leh.
Pre-trip conditioning: Good physical conditioning is one of the keys and can make the difference between enjoying an outing and merely enduring it. Being physically ready is more important than years of experience. We suggest that you begin your training program at least a month before the departure. Any form of aerobic training, such as running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to go on long hikes or climbs with a heavy pack a couple of times in a week. But since mountains are not easily accessible to most of us, climbing stairs with heavy backpack is recommended At the time of booking, we would be sending you a training schedule to help you reach high fitness levels for the climb.
Food: We will have a full serviced camp with camp cooks. On the trek, the food is a mixture of local and European, all purchased in Nepal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible especially at high altitude. This is a fully inclusive package and all meals are included in the trip price. You might want to carry your favourite snack or some power bars with you for the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek – it will be boiled with a dash of iodine. You could bring things which you enjoy eating -chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.
First Aid: Accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced
in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We recommend that you bring your own personal medications and inform us of any medical condition, if you have.
Equipment List: At the time of booking you would be sent a detailed list of clothing and equipment required for the climb.
Documentation & Photograph: Each climbing member would be required to fill a Bio-Data form and provide us a scan of the PP size photograph along with a copy of Passport for various permits. Each climber would also be required to sign an indemnity form.
Language: Ladakhi is the local language in the region. English is taught in all secondary schools and institutions of higher education. You will find that a lot of people speak English, so you will not have any problems buying souvenirs or ordering in restaurants etc.
Joining arrangements and transfers: Leh airport is connected by direct flights from Delhi. In winters there are 2/3 flights every morning and it flight duration
is about 75mins. Since the flights are all early morning you might want to arrive in Delhi a day earlier. Do let us know if you would need help with finding accommodation in Delhi. You MUST provide our office full details of your flights, so that we can arrange your Leh Airport transfers.
Reference Books and Maps
• Leh and Trekking in Ladakh. Charlie Loram.
• Trekking in the Indian Himalaya. Weare. (L.Planet). • The Trekkers Handbook. Tom Gilchrist.
• Ladakh, Crossroads of High Asia. Janet Rizvi.
• India – 150K Ladakh and Zanskar Tekking Maps. Editions Olizane. Scale: 1:150,000
Responsible Travel: We believe that along with the privilege of traveling in the wilderness comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. Indus Trips completely believes in the “take only memories, leave only footprints” philosophy and is very particular about leaving campsites and trails cleaner than we found them
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