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I and my friend decided to go out on this adventure trek to Stok Kagri. It was one of the best adventures for both of us. We were very excited for the ...
This trek happened after my brother was forcing me to take him for some trekking expedition. I checked with the guys from Liveladakh about the package ...
About the Destination:
A well-known and quite attractive trek is Stok Kangri Trek in Ladakh with thrilling trails going through very charming pathways till the high altitudes and provides us with the enjoyable view of the Himalayan peaks in a spectacular way. Untouched land of green valleys, intensively protected by the snow-clad towers of the Himalayan Ranges can be the exciting host of your trek to Stok Kangri.
Considered to be one for experienced trekkers, Stok Kangri is more than just a great summit. It is a popular 20500 feet high peak which is the highest trekkable summit in India that attracts beginners and amateurs equally though the trekking trails are not so friendly. When it comes to winter, Stok Kangri starts embracing beauty unlike any other high altitudes. From the summit, you will see the whole of Zanskar and the Indus Valley very clearly.
In the recent years, the trek gained so much popularity due to the number of people coming to achieve the great height after overcoming the trails with many ridges and sudden changes in the landscape. The magnificent serenity is the only reason that keeps people attracted to Stok Kangri after the exotic view of the peaks around.
About the Trek:
A nine day Stok Kangri trekking package is at your finger tip now fir those who wish to marvel at the untouched nature. It starts when you reach Leh on the first day and remember, acclimatization is the crucial part of any Ladakh trek because the change in altitude may affect your body adversely. Especially when you are prepared to do Stok Kangri trek, then this is mandatory.
Begin your expedition with a visit to the tiny beautiful Stok Village- observe the rustic life kept away from the clutches of commercialization and modernization. Chang Ma being the destination for the start day of the trek to Stok Kangri, it would be giving you the proper welcome. Staying here will give you the memorable moments of your life- incomparable ones. The whole trek passes through the barren grey landscape of Ladakh. Mankhorma, the Base Camp and the training days are the next targets on the expedition.
The walk across many landscapes and streams lead you to the destination that is Stok Kangri. The trekking trail gives you enough challenges through the multiple glaciers and steep slopes until you reach the summit ridge. And be sure that you keep yourself energetic to trek for around 9-12 hours every day on an average and then only the dream like Stok Kangri trek becomes fulfilled. After completing the trek, you will be returning through the same route and reach Leh and wind up the exotic expedition with plenty of good memories.
Temperature: The temperature varies from -20 to 10 degrees. Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes.
Trekking Distance: 40km
Maximum Altitude: 20,100 F
Difficulty Level: DIfficult
Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
Today you will reach Leh and check-in to your stay and relax.
Sip on tea/coffee. Do note, since it is very important for you to get acclimatized in order to have a healthy journey, the first three days will be reserved for the same.
Overnight will be spent in the hotel.
During the first half, indulge in breakfast and dash off for an acclimatization hike of 3-4 hours.
The latter half, you can enjoy un raveling the well-known monasteries around Leh like Shey and Thiksey.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
This is a day when you would enjoy a great drive and have an enjoyable trekking experience. The day starts with a drive to Stok village.
At the start of the drive from Leh, you would go through many exotic and beautiful scenes. The drive to the Stok village is an adventurous one and if full of natural beauty and lush green trees.
The Stok village lies immediately to the south of Leh and it is well known for a royal palace. There is also a small museum inside the palace which has beautiful and religious artifacts.
The day 3 is, however, the day when you trek to Chang Ma. This might be a difficult trek and you may experience the joy of a snow trek.
You would like to spend the night here and the overnight stay would be in tents in the open lands.
Overnight will be spent in hotel
With three good days spent on acclimatization, on day 4 and 5 you set off to Stok Kangri trekking.
The whole trek passes through the barren grey landscape of Ladakh. From chang ma trek up to Mankorma you will encounter with some of the best views and then while trekking you will cross the 2-3 times small streams, it is a fairly easy trek along with the river and you would love the overnight stay in tents.
Overnight for both the days will be spent in tents.
A few hours trek takes you back to the base camp. This exotic base camp is a pleasurable place. It lies in a grassy area.
During the day time, you can walk on the upper areas of the campsite and enjoy the views of the surroundings.
Feast your eyes with the view of peaks like Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri, and many others. You can also take rest in the base camp to make sure that the group is ready for the next day’s trek and touring.
Today your body will acclimatize to the weather. This is pretty necessary because, in the coming days, you would find a drastic change in the climate and might experience thin air and lack of oxygen.
The overnight stay will be in tents and make sure that you have enough warm clothes for the lowering temperature.
Today it will be an easy trek. You would enjoy the time for going around and knowing the place to a much better extent.
It is essentially a day to train for the upcoming trek and know the possibilities and challenges that are involved in it.
Your trek leader and guide would let you know about all the different changes in the terrain.
You need adequate knowledge and experience to go around the mountains. There might be situations where you have to trek in the sinking snow.
You would find your legs sinking up to your knees.
The overnight stay will be in tents.
Wake up early in the morning and after your breakfast start climbing. The route goes through glaciers and then comes to steep slopes to the summit ridge. This is a long climb, so you should be mentally strong and prepared psychologically.
It would take somewhere between 9 to 10 hours for average climbers.
At the start of the trek, after a couple of hours, you should reach the summit of the ridge. The summit offers you great views of the area.
Towards the north, you would get a view of the Karakoram range.
The Saser Kangri dominates the sky in the north along with the Karakoram, and the Zansker ranges in the south.
Overnight stay in tents.
Your trek back could be difficult and you need to perform care and precision.
On the same day, after you reach Leh, you can explore the Stok Village which is another beautiful place you should not miss.
From Stok village to Leh, you would have to take a drive.
The drive may make you nostalgic of all the fun that you had while trekking the mountains.
Reach Leh and spend the night in the hotel.
Today after breakfast you will leave for home.
Get transferred to the airport.
End of tour.
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Rated : 5.0
I and my friend decided to go out on this adventure trek to Stok Kagri. It was one of the best adventures for both of us. We were very excited for the trip as days were coming closer. We reached Leh and met with our tour representative who was also our tour guide for the later days. Everything has been very well arranged, the rooms provided to us at Leh were quite good. Our drive to Stok village was quite an adventurous rides, this region is full of beautiful sites. Trekking to Chang Ma was quite difficult; you had to be very careful as you walk on the steep rocks. My friend was really scared at times but Indar our tour guide was very helpful in showing us the easiest path to climb. During this trek we saw Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri peaks which looked really beautiful. Stok Kangri is not an easy trek and if you are beginners then you should do other easy Himalayan treks first then go for Stok Kangri trek.
Rated : 4.0
This trek happened after my brother was forcing me to take him for some trekking expedition. I checked with the guys from Liveladakh about the package and after 3-4 mails and phone calls I finally booked it. It was a great adventure for both of us. Since the trek was a difficult one, we had most of the days as acclimatization. Our main trek for Stok Kangri started on the 4th day. We passed through many small streams and peaks like Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri and Karakoram ranges during our trek. We also had few training sessions where our trek leader used to tell us about the different changes in the terrains we will pass. Camping at Mankorma was another great experience for us. We were provided with tents that were quite good and spacious. Food was average and most of the time we had roti, sabji and dal. I would rate a 4 out of 5 for this trek.
What is the best time to go to Stok Kangri Trek?
Located at about 20128 feet in the midst of Ladakh Mountains, the Stok Kangri Trek has to be taken seriously as the final trek to the peakacross a freezing glacier is really tough. The best time to undertake the Stok Kangri Trek is the summer season between June and September as then day temperature is between 10°C to 22°C while night temperature is around 10°C – 6°C. Though sometimes rain starts towards end of August it is usually infrequent so taking a pair of raingear is advisable. At the base of Stok Kangri day temp is between 10°C to 15°C while night temperature is 5°C to -2°C and every trekker has to take adequate amount of warm clothing for protection to successfully complete this 40 km long trek.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
This trek requires optimum fitness levels as there are long walks on ascending terrain for more than 6 to 8 hours. Trekkers have to be acclimatized before beginning the trek at the base camp for a couple of days even if they are experienced as sharp change in altitude and temperature can have drastic effect on human body. The ascent is a combination of difficult and medium difficult grades so it is best to carry out a thorough medical check before beginning the trek as there are two back to back high altitudes treks that are very exhausting even for seasoned trekkers. People with chronic illnesses and breathing issues should avoid the trek as the scarcity of oxygen at the summit and during final leg of the trek can have serious health implications.
What are the clothing and equipments that need to be carried from our end?
Every trekker has to carry the following clothing and essentials in their backpack during the trek. Backpack with capacity of 25 liters, 4 pairs of dry fit shirts and trousers, Balaclava and fleece sweater with hood, Personal medicine, cold cream, moisturizer with sun glasses, sunscreen lotion 40+SPF, sun cap, toilet paper, pee bottle, Gloves, extra pair of military socks and cotton socks, Two 1 liter water bottles or thermos, Trekking Pole, Headlamp with extra batteries.
Which type of shoes should I carry?
Quechua Forclaz 600 is the ideal trekking shoes in this weather as it gets freezing cold after sundown and it is important to keep the feet warm. This shoe is a water proof shoe that will keep the chill out and hold steady on snow and rocky surfaces. Meant for perfect trekking tours, this is a must packed shoes.
What kind of food will be provided during Stok Kangri Trek? What about safe drinking water?
Most trek organizers arrange for vegetarian food during this trek. Bottle water can be purchased at few camp sites but it is best to carry water purifying tablets that can be used when you have access to only river or stream water for drinking. When bottled water or purifying tablets are not available one has to boil the naturally available water before drinking.
How much weight will I have to carry?
Around 60 – 65 litersif you are not willing to hire a mule or porter to carry personal luggage.
What will be the highest elevation we will trek?
The highest elevation in the Stok Kangri Trek is at 20128 feet which is the peak of Stok Kangri and one has to reach the base camp at 16300 feet before trekking up to the peak.
Does this trek require proper acclimatisation?
Yes this trek requires 24 – 36 hours of acclimatization even for seasoned trekkers used to the atmosphere of Himalayas. This is generally provided at the base camp at Leh and ChangMa from where the trek begins to ensure that trekkers are able to breathe in the rarified atmosphere.
What sort of weather will be there?
Though the weather during daytime till Manokorma is warm during the nights it can become freezing cold as the wind velocity at this height is very strong. During months of June to September there is little chance of rain as Stok Kangri is on the leeward side of the mountain but one cannot predict the weather in these mountains though there is little likelihood of snowfall during these months. From base camp at Manokorma the weather becomes very cold and scarcity of oxygen in the air can affect trekkers that have not acclimatized themselves properly.
What is the difficulty level of Stok Kangri Trek?
The Stok Kangri Trek has been given Difficult Grade and only trekkers that have experience of successfully completing two or three treks at altitudes of 4000 – 5000 meters or more only are allowed.
How much do we have to trek each day?
On an average trekkers move around 10-12 kilometers on a daily basis on the Stok Kangri Trek depending on the weather and health condition of trekkers.
Is it a safe trek for girls?
Yes, it is a safe trek for girls if they are physically fit to walk up to the summit, as a couple of girls from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering completed the entire trek to the summit of Stok Kangri within two days in 2013.
Are there any chances of sudden weather changes during the Stok Kangri Trek?
Yes, there are chances of sudden weather changes like rainfall or blizzard in the mountains.
Is the region terrorist prone?
No, fortunately this region is free of terrorists even with its close proximity to Jammu and Kashmir.
What all things I should carry for the trek?
Large backpack to hold all the essentials, 3-4 pairs of shirts and trousers, One pair of rain jacket and pant, Couple of light windcheaters, Quick try towel, Thermal innerwear at least 2 pairs, Waste bag to keep used bottles and other disposables that cannot be thrown on the mountain, Extra pair of gloves and military socks, Two liter or one liter thermos bottle, Toilet Paper and Pee bottle
What all medicines I should carry? Can I take diamox?
Though most trek organizers provide free medical kit to trekkers with basic medicines for cramps, muscle pain, headaches, cold, breathlessness etc it is best to carry your personal supply of these medicines as you understand your body’s needs best, Crocin or Dolo for fever, Disprin or Cetrizine for headaches and cold, Digene and Eno for indigestion or acidity, ORS sachets for dehydration, Cotton and waterproof bandaids, Crepe bandage and Leukoplast for blisters, Spray on pain killers like Volini or Iodex, Lip balm, moisturizer or cold cream and Sunscreen, Diamox or Dexametasone for prevention of AMS and HACE Experienced trekkers have stated that it is best to be on a course of Diamox from Leh onwards as a part of the acclimatization process.
How cold does it really get on the Stok Kangri trek?
The last stretch of the trek between base camp to Stok Kangri peak is the most challenging as trekkers have to walk across a 3 km long glacier which is usually accompanied by piercingly cold wind across open terrain making it absolutely difficult to complete this stretch. Though daytime temperature is around 11 degrees during night it can fall to below minus depending on outside weather.
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