Region :- Leh, Ladakh, J & K
Duration :- 9 Days
Grade :- Difficult
Max Altitude :- 20,800 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 40 Kms.
Ladakh is the most beautiful northern state of India that is popular among tourist for empathy and support of its inhabitants. Situated at the great height of 3500-3800 mt of sea level, Leh, the capital of Ladhak, is the most attracting point for the trekking lovers. Not only for its geographical position, but trekkers are fascinated by the raw beauty they experience walking through mountains. Stok Kangri in Leh is the most attractive trekking point of the zone. Stok Kangri encompasses the true Himalayan beauty, deserted surroundings and thorough silence where you can hear your own heartbeat. This trek provides the opportunity to experience some amazing scenes of nature. Walking on the ridge, you might experience a sudden change in the surroundings and that are the best parts of this trek where you can witness the sudden transformation of the nature.
About the Trek
The Stok Kangri trek begins with the arrival at Leh from Delhi. You will require some time to get habitual with the climate and atmosphere of the place. This whole trek comprises natural beauty of magnificent and flourishing green trees. Your trek gives you one full day to grasp this natural beauty. Day third is the day when you will have to reach Changa Ma. Next day destination is Mankorma. Fifth day you will reach at Base Camp. Base Camp is situated in the grassy field and to stay a night in tents will give immense pleasure to everybody. Again, you will rest for a whole one day and your guide will provide you complete knowledge of the climate changes of the weather. From here, you will walk for your final destination of the trek Stok Kangri. It is situated at the height, and you will walk for around 9-10 hours, to reach there. Standing at the top of the ridge, you can view Zansker Range at your south and Karakoram Range to your north. To your front, you will see the extensive ground, and at your back, the mighty Mountain will provide you the regal feel. After spending some time with the nature, you have to climb down and reach Base Camp before sunset. You will reverse your journey to reach your home again. This trek is undoubtedly the most amazing treks.
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Day 1 :- Arrive Leh
Day 2 :- Leh (Acclimatization day)
Day 3 :- Leh (11500 ft.) to Chang Ma (13087 ft.) via Stok Village (11800 ft.)
Day 4 :- Chang Ma (13087 ft.) to Mankorma (14200 ft.)
Day 5 :- Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.)
Day 6 :- Rest day + training day.
Day 7 :- Base camp (16300 ft.) to Stok Kangri (20080 ft.) back to base camp
Day 8 :- Base camp to Leh
Day 9 :- Departure From Leh.
Day 1: Arrive Leh
One of the most simplest approach to reach Leh is by air. It is very convenient and easy as compared to hit the roads as it will take a long time to reach Leh. You will have to take many stops all along the way, and it can be considered as a trek by itself. So, it's better go by air and have a peaceful journey along the way. After completing your daily work pack your bags and get ready to reach Indira Gandhi International Airport. Check in a way before time as the clearance at the airport will cover up the excess time. As you reach, lead yourself to the aircraft, you may feel a very exciting and nostalgic. Place yourself safely and fasten the seat belts as your plane will be going to take off very soon. You can view many beautiful mountains covered with snow from the window which you will not feel to miss the opportunity. Treks in Laddakh are considered as one of the most beautiful treks that one can ever imagine. It can be considered as a lifetime experience and should be enjoyed to its fullest. When you view the majestic hills do not so surprised as for few days you will be watching such mountains all day long for numerous number of times. Many beautiful types of scenery of high mountains of Himalayas with some deep valleys will make your trek to Leh a memorable one. As your aircraft lands safely in the airport of Leh, you can experience the sudden drop of temperature as Leh is going to be cool stay for you people. Collect all your baggage from the baggage counter and lead yourself to the exit of the airport where you can see cab waiting for you to pick up. While going to the guest house for the stay, you can view that there is a market of Leh, in which many new and different man made handicrafts and goods are sold. Some of things may impress you a lot so you can indulge yourself and spend some time in the market to get some of the things you like. As you reach the guest house, you will be introduced with your co-trekkers, and guide, who will accompany you for the trek. You can give yourself a bit of rest before hitting on the plates. You can relish the tasty vegetarian food served to you and the ambience will take it to a different level. After having a healthy dinner do not waste any more time as your bed will be calling you to provide the comfort that you deserve after a long journey. Before going to sleep, you may get the feeling of excitement as tomorrow morning you will be discovering some new places of Leh. Welcome to Leh.
Day 2: Leh (Acclimatization day)
One of the highest and tallest mountains which can be seen from all over Leh is StokKangri. During winter seasons, it will be fully covered with snow, and now you will be trekking over the place itself. From down you will see the stok kangri peak of the mountain and after someday a time will come when you will reach the top of the mountain. Stok kangri is going the final destination of your trek.
Early morning you will have a perfect start of the day by drinking a hot cup of tea giving you lot of motivation and a fresh start. You can have your share of breakfast and after that day will call you for the acclimatization to the extreme temperature. Today you will do nothing but cherish the cultural and natural beauty of Leh. Today you will be fully aware and familiar with the culture and climate of Leh which will be with you all along the trek. Your acclimatization will be done in the heights of 3000 meters from the sea level. Altitude sickness can be an issue for the trekkers so you can choose to come down from that height. The night will be not planned because of the sudden snowfalls or snowstorms. Even altitude sickness can be an issue. So, to get used to such situations, some recommended exercise and body movements are required, to heat up your body. It will be just a heaven on earth when you get some sun rays at such a climate. The beautiful sunrise early in the morning will make your day. If you are not comfortable enough and have some respiratory problem, then it is suggested to carry some oxygen cylinders. Alchi is a place where you can visit some ancient temples where you can workshop. It is situated just lower than Leh and for spending the rest of the day Leh market can be a good place where many different items are available for you to purchase. You can also enjoy the food which will help you to keep your body warm.
Day 3: Leh (11500 ft.) to Chang Ma (13087 ft.) via Stok Village (11800 ft.)
Today is the starting of the trek. You may feel very excited because it can be one dream, which is coming true. Very few people come to such position and get the opportunity to experience such an adventurous trek to Leh. In this country, you need serious courage and dedication to choosing to go to any one of the trek. As you start from Leh, you can see many scenes, which you cannot resist yourself to watch. To reach Chang Ma, you will have to come across Stok village, which comes on the way. Stok village is full of natural beauty and adventure. The place is surrounded with beautiful colorful flowers all over the place. During summer, it gives you the best experience when all the flowers blossom and gives a different feel to create the best ambience. This village is located to the south of Leh, and it is also having a palace of King of Ladakh. You can also visit the museum, which is just attached to the palace. In the museum, there are many handicrafts related to history and religious beliefs. Many of them are related to ancient rulers.
This place is not the destination for the day so you will lead towards Chang ma. Since it is the starting of the trek it may be difficult for you to start, but on later days it will not matter you much. The path will be covered with snow, and it is fun in walking above the snow towards Chang Ma. This place is the most popular camping site where everybody will have a high time in camp fire. You ca set up your camp over here and enjoy the pleasing night between the mountains. You are not supposed to stay awake late night as tomorrow you will have to start your day trek pretty soon early in the morning. Next day will be waiting for you to give many surprises.
Day 4: Chang Ma (13087 ft.) to Mankorma (14200 ft.)
Today you will reach Mankorma by the end of the day which is at 14200 feet from the sea level. There will be some climb which you will face. You will also come across some rough path which you are supposed to traverse with ease. The scenery is very beautiful, and the high mountains add the extra spark. It is important to acknowledge that when you are trekking with your teammates you should maintain a healthy rhythm with them and trek al the path with the same speed. In this part of trek, you will rarely find any trees. You will only feel admits cold as after each step you are gaining some altitude. But this barren land has its own beauty, and it makes the Ladakh the highest cold desert present in the whole world. There will be many barren lands spread till far, and many beautiful valleys as you continue your trek in this direction for some time. You will need to have proper grip with land as the terrain is stiff and the weather is windy. The velocity of wind can sway you from one part to another, and you will some serious consequences if you are not careful. The worst part of today's trek is that you will have to cross some streams in which glacier water will be flowing. After proper precautions and drying yourself a bit leads you to reach Mankorma. The rest of the day can be spent with ease enjoying the scenic beauty of this place. Take some medicines along with you as the altitude is quiet high and you may face with headache. Set up your tents and enter inside respective sleeping bags, to give your body rest and peace.
Day 5: Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.)
Today you will be reaching the base camp of Stok kangri. It is at an altitude of 5000m, and it is going to be the starting point of the summit. The base camp is the location where you can enjoy as much as you can. It will take around 5 hours to reach the stok kangri camp. The path to reach this place is also very beautiful and gives a very nice feeling. The place is surrounded with many lakes and streams which acts as icing on the cake when the sun rays fall on it. The crystal clear water sparkles and it look so pure as the water are from glaciers. As you climb higher, density of air becomes thinner, and you may find little difficult to breathe. The temperature is considerably less as compared to other peaks and hence you will need proper precautions to overcome this chilly weather. As you reach the base camp, you can have your delicious hot lunch in such cold weather. In such a high altitude, it will be a joke to expect homemade lunch. It can be very tiring to reach such high peak so you can take some rest and then make some effort to visit some other peaks like ParchaKangri, GulapKangri and many more located nearby. As you reach base camp, you may feel very exhausted, so take the basic rest which is needed. After that, you can enjoy by playing some games like truth or dare which will be helpful to spend some quality time. The upcoming days will be more problematic as the oxygen level will decrease more and it is going to affect you. As the sun sets, get ready for sleep and sleep as much as you want, as next day you will only take rest and get habitual to the surroundings.
Day 6: Rest day + training day
Today is going to be an easy day for you as you will do nothing but take rest and get along with the surrounding. You will dedicate a full day to get accustomed with the place and all the routes in detail. To spend some time you can also visit some of the nearby places. Since it is just a rest day, you are not supposed to sit in your camp and sleep all day long. Physical fitness and outside surrounding are very important to view as such views you cannot see again in the near future. Today you will also get to know all aspects of team work and methods that are included in climbing a top of a mountain covered with snow. Your trek leader or guide will give you proper training so that you learn how to climb in such hills. He will also acknowledge you about the challenges that you may face along the way. The most exciting part of the climb is that the legs will be fully inside the snow while climbing as it will be very fresh and soft. So snow trekking boots are must in such conditions or else you should forget to trek in such places. Get to know about the surrounding and weather all through the day and your guide will tell you about the plans to be done in the upcoming days. Night stay will be as usual in the camp by the end you will be very familiar with the conditions and the drastic changes which happens during the night.
Day 7: Base camp (16300 ft.) to Stok Kangri (20080 ft.) back to base camp.
Waking up early is an important and crucial part, as you will have to leave your base camp very soon. From the base camp, you will go till Stok kangri which is at 20080 feet from the sea level. To reach stok kangri, you will have to cover some 400 feet more high, which means much less in oxygen quantity. After reaching stok kangri top, you will spend some time over there, and you will have to come back to the same base camp from the point you will start today. You should be ready and accompany your co-trekkers. The path will lead you through glaciers, then there will be a gradual height and then finally you can view StokKangri ridge. You should also avoid drinking too much of water and help yourself to take the lightest breakfast as heavy breakfast will make you little dizzy.
The route will start with a quite tall ascent, and after that a gradual slope will come till the time you arrive at the glacier. Starting will be very tough for you people as you might be a bit stuck with snow and other problems may arise. The best part is your co-trekkers will help you to motivate and lead forward. The best techniques are to set up small targets, and after reaching such point, you will take rest and lead to the other point. After you start your trek, it will take some 3 hours to reach this destination. Spend some time in clicking some good photos and enjoy the picturesque location. Play with the snow for some time and then again start your journey. Do not demoralize others and keep moving so that other also gets motivated looking at you. It is necessary to carry each step forward with a lot of precaution and ease because if you slip from such an altitude down it will be really hard to survive.
At this place, oxygen will play an important role, and if you feel you cannot breathe properly, you can carry some oxygen masks along with you. It will be a very physical challenge for you to climb in 75 degree angle and at last reach the peak of the hill. As you reach the top, you will see this world very differently. Everything looks very small and tiny, and you can see up to many kilometres from such point. The Karakoram Range and the SaserKangri dominate the north, and the Zanskar ranges in the south are easily visible if you move your head a bit.
Its time to reach back to the base camp but now you will have to be more careful as now descend is way too much. The gravity will tend to pull you downwards, and you will have to control the speed. As you reach back to the base camp, you will have some of the amazing memories.
Day 8: Base camp to Leh
This is the final day of your trek. All your high altitude gain and other valleys will be left behind, and at last you will reach Leh. The most important that you will gain from the trek is an experience which cannot be compared. When you will be returning to Leh you can again see the breathtaking views of White Mountains covered with snow. The black and grey color mountains and valleys are the attraction point of this place. From such an altitude, you will trek downwards, and many feet of height will be descend within minutes. If you try to move a bit fast in this descent sloop, then you may slip and fall over. So cover the entire trek with ease. After about 12 kilometres of trek, you will reach Stok village, which you had come earlier. After you reach this village, you will drive back to Leh. You cannot resist yourself to spend some time in hot water, which will help to decrease the stress from the body and make you feel fresh. You can also make yourself visible in a small party which will be organized at evening. The bed of the guest house will be very tempting for you to come and lie down as for so many days you were sleeping in tents. Tomorrow morning you will be leaving Leh early morning, and Delhi will be waiting for you to give a grand invitation and get along with the daily work once again.
Day 9: Departure From Leh
With all the beautiful memories, which you will remember all throughout life, and while gathering some good experience lead yourself towards Delhi. Bid good bye to all your co-trekkers and reach airport to go to Delhi.
How to Reach
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.
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.
1. Accommodation. (Camping) and Leh guest house (Day 1, Day 2 & Day 8 Night)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.)
3. Trek equipments.
4. IMF Permits
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers.
7. Transport from Leh to Road head and return.
1. Food / Meal in Leh.
2. Any kind of personal expenses.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head price Includes.
Note : Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter/Mules, but you have to informe us in advance and have to pay Rs. 350/- extra per day per bag. To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.
Personal Backpack- Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter/Mules, but you have to informe us in advance and have to pay Rs. 450/- extra per day per bag. The backpack weight cannot more than 9 kg. (Suitcase/trolley will not allowed)
In case of emergency: Safety of our trekkers is of prime importance to us. Our Trek Leaders are well trained to tackle medical emergencies, especially arising due to altitude. In more intense situations, the trekker will be shifted on a stretcher to the nearest medical centre at the earliest. The expenses at the medical centre, if any, are to be borne by the participant. To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.
Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:
The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
When to book:
It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking).
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.
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 TTH.
holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
Fitness regime for:
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If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned. If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
If you're suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.
July - August are the best months to plan a Stok Kangri Trek. During this time, the peaks are snow clad and the trail offers a beautiful striking, rocky side of the mighty Himalayas.
Stok Kangri is not a simple trek it’s an expedition where experience trekkers can check their fitness level and it is one of the dream trek of every trekkers. Stok Kangri trek is a difficult trek, and it really become difficult because of the snow.
In day time weather is clear, the temperature is around 11 degree, but in night times it gets cold and temperature drops up to 0 to -6 degree. This is one of the toughest treks as temperature wise also.
Average walking distance is 10- 12 km each day and trekkers mostly in 5-7 hrs. Just enjoy it, don’t be disheartened.
NO, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of MYTH about Diamox.
Always trek leads by professional Trek leader who complete Basic and Advance mountaineering course and certified in first-aid course and along with one local guide, cook, helper, porter and other staff.
We try to bring together a small group of like minded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience, normally we take 18 - 20 people in one batch including male and female. We need minimum 6 people to run a fix departure but for the customized trip group size doesn’t matter.
Yes definitely, Security of girls is the foremost important for us. We always create friendly environment on trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. They are very honest and reliable, but we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings.
Once you made the booking our team will send you the trek essentials list according to the trek.
Yes, But you should intimate 15 days in advance, so that we will arrange the porter or mule accordingly.
Good trekking shoes are the most important part of the trek, so you have to be very careful before buying it. You can go through our Article "How to Opt Best Trekking Shoe" to get an idea.
We have three men tents but two people will be accommodating in one tent.
Optimum level of fitness is always required in any trek so that you can enjoy your trek.
We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs during our trek.
Himalayan water is consider as a clean and mineral water but for safe side we use boil water / chlorine tablet in our camps, during the trek ask once to trek leader or guide from where to fill water bottles.
We have Bolero, Max or equivalent to that.
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wilderness first-aid" and be aware of high attitude problems, and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with us. Make sure you are medically fit for a trek or take professional advice if you feel you are unable to judge yourself.
Yes, it is always advisable that in any trek carry your own medication weather organizers carrying it or not.
After choosing the trip you wish to join, the first step is to fill up the booking form, a deposit has to be made in order to confirm the reservation. All details will be emailed to you to make it easy for you to book.
Depending on the prevailing situation, however the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Yes, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people. Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
Risk & Respond
High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response
A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.
Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.
Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.
Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.
Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.
Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.
Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.
Risk: Lack of communication devices
In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.
Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.
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