Stok Kangri or Kanglachen is one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Indian Himalayas and its proximity to Leh makes it very accessible. Easy to climb from the north side, the shortest time required is 4-5 days. It is not a technical climb but one of its kinds in western Himalayan range and in season requires no advanced mountaineering equipment. Although one should have enough time to acclimatise in Leh before Climbing Stok Kangri.
The route till the base camp will be covered in 2 to 3 days as we hike gradually upstream through rocky trails and stream crossings. It also has an abundance of wildlife such as Blue Sheep, Ibex, Pika, Fox, Wolf & Raptors.
Style of TourTrekking (5 days)
Approx Trekking40 kms
Best SeasonJune to October
StaysHotel in Leh, Camps during the trek
MealsMAP basis in Hotels (Breakfast and dinner)
Day 1:Arrive in Leh
- Airport pick up and transfer to hotel in Leh.
- Rest and acclimatise . Overnight in hotel.
- Optional visit to Let market, Shanti stupa, Leh palace
Day 2: Acclimatization and preparation day
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Introduction, briefing and preparation for trek.
- Medical Check up for eligibility.
- Post lunch market shopping.
Day 3:Drive from Leh (3500m) to Stok village (3596m) and trek to Lchangma (4200m)
- Early breakfast & leave for Stok (15 kms)
- Start trek from Stok and arrive at Changma by Lunch at campsite. (5.5 kms)
- Overnight in tents.
- Camping equipment on mules, route follows upstream with rocky trails, shrubs & river crossings
Day 4: Trek from Lchangma to Mankarmo (4350m)
- After breakfast do some stretching exercises
- Trail is gradual with few stream crossings
- Might encounter some wildlife such as Blue Sheep or Ibex
- Arrive at Mankarmo campsite by lunch (3.5 kms)
Day 5:Trek from Mankarmo (4300m) to Base Camp (4980m)
- Breakfast and stretching exercise
- Trail involves crossing the stream at several points during the forward march. You will reach at the camp after a steep ascent.
- Use the rest of the day to rest and acclimatize for the summit attempt.
- Overnight in camp.
Day 6: Rest and training
- After breakfast there will be a briefing session for the summit attempt
- Equipment check
- Short Acclimatization hike
- Lunch at campsite
- Rest and mentally prepare for midnight summit attempt
Day 7: Base Camp (4980m) - Summit (6120m) - Base Camp
- Keep your torch and other climbing gears ready before you set off early morning so that you get in time at the advance base camp and then wait till the day breaks for enough light to do the climbing.
- We will carry some light packed breakfast
- carry enough hot water due to lack of water sources.
- climb to Stok Kangri is divided into 5 parts (7 kms each way):
- Part 1: (45 mins - 1 hr) - Steep ascent.
- Part 2: (1 hr - 2 hrs) - Gradual ascent to ABC (Advance Base Camp).
- Part 3: (45 mins - 1 hr) - Glacier traverse from ABC
- Part 4: (3 hrs - 3 1/2 hrs) Steep ascent* till shoulder.
- *80 degree angle most challenging part.
- Part 5: (2 hrs - 3 hrs) Difficult ascent* shoulder to summit.
- *Circumstantial rope climb to summit
- Follow the same route back to the camp by early afternoon.
- Overnight will be spent at the base camp.
- Beverages and Lunch at campsite
- There will be celebratory feast with the whole team
Day 8: Base camp to Stok and then Leh
- Morning after the breakfast trek down to Stok village and then drive back to Leh.
- Overnight stay in the guesthouse
Day 9: Departure from Leh
- Early morning transfer to airport
- Airport transfers
- Trek point transfers
- Transport for sightseeing
- Breakfast and dinner at hotel in Leh
- All meals on the trek
- Twin sharing rooms at premium hotel in Leh
- Dome tents on trek
- Camping gear
- Safety gear
- Onsite first aid
- Oxygen cylinder
- Trained and experienced guide/trek leader
- Kitchen and support staff
- Trekking permits
- Camping charges
- Single room accommodation
- Lunch during stay in Leh
- Personal equipment such as walking sticks, rain coats, gloves etc
- International & Domestic flight fares, visa charges
- Monument/monastery and Museum visit fee
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry.
- Cost incurred due to emergency evacuation
- Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
- Personal Mules & porters. You can request for one in advance while booking
- Tips to porters, camping team, driver, guide, etc.
- Cost incurred due to change / extension in the itinerary due to roadblocks, bad weather condition, flight delays, vehicle breakdowns, etc.
- Valid ID proof (Passport/Voter ID/Drivers Licence)
- No suitcases. Opt for 70 to 90 litre backpacks
- Water-proof trekking shoes
- One down jacket or warmer for chilly nights
- Rain poncho or jacket/windcheater (a must!)
- Thermal inner (not advisable to wear it while trekking)
- Trekking pants (one spare)
- Sun block
- Sun goggles
- Trekking pole
- Spare under garments and socks (three pairs max)
- Flashlight with extra batteries (preferably wearable)
- Water bottle, preferably wide mouthed, with at least 2 litre capacity
- Personal toiletries and first aid
- Power bank
- Delays are expected on account of roadblock & weather conditions. Our effort will be to continue with the trip as per the schedule & make you as comfortable as possible. But in such situations we may have to compromise on the campsite & adjust to these situations then & there. The final call will be taken by our Lead Guide on location.
- The itinerary should be viewed as ideal & we may have to make some spot changes due various unavoidable reasons.
- The distances & altitude mentioned in the above itinerary are to the best of our knowledge & information; marginal variance in the actual distances & altitudes is possible.
- You are expected to be in reasonable shape and fitness, being able to walk for several hours at a normal pace as well as to take care of your own equipment.
- The local administration has made it compulsory for every trekker to get a Medical Fitness certificate from the local SNM hospital in Leh on the 3rd day of your arrival in Leh. You will not be allowed to perform the trek without clearance from the hospital.
- The minimum age restriction for this trip is 18
- All outdoor related activities involve a certain level of risk. You are expected to sign an Indemnity Form in agreement to the risks involved through part taking in such outdoor activities.
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