One of the most fascinating places on the planet is Stok Kangri that lies in the beautiful area of Ladakh. Ladakh is located in the northern state of India and is famous for compassion and support of its residents. Leh the capital of Ladakh is situated at the height of 3500-3800 mts of sea level and the most adventurous place for the trekking lovers. Trekking in Leh is the best option for trekking in India and hence it attracts tourist from every corner of the world.
One of the most fascinating places on the planet is Stok Kangri that lies in the beautiful area of Ladakh. Ladakh is located in the northern state of India and is famous for compassion and support of its residents. Leh the capital of Ladakh is situated at the height of 3500-3800 mts of sea level and the most adventurous place for the trekking lovers. Trekking in Leh is the best option for trekking in India and hence it attracts tourist from every corner of the world. Stok Kangri is one such peak that has gain tremendous popularity in the last few years. Illustrating the Himalayan range with a wider perspective, this trek embrace deserted surroundings and offer its trekkers the opportunity to experience the complete peace. The entire trail has incorporated many ridges so you can feel the sudden change in scenery. In winter, the whole landscape attains a perfect magnificence. Stok Kangri peak provides you the entire view of Zanskar and the Indus Valley.
<strong>About the Trek:</strong>
Your trek starts with the arrival from Delhi to Leh. Spend some time to acclimatize with the beauty and weather. Leh is the place where you get the perfect combination of natural exquisiteness with cultural beauty. The whole path to the Stok Village is full of natural grandeur and flourishing green trees. From Changa Ma, you will go to Base Camp. Set up in a grassy area, it is a place that gives pleasure to everyone. This exotic area has many water bodies. Staying here in the tents is a life time opportunity. You will rest here for one complete day and get adequate knowledge about all the possibilities and challenges of the trek from your guide. From here, you will trek to your destination Stok Kangri. Ascend climbing for 9-10 hours and you will reach at the top of the ridge. Standing at the summit, you can view the Karakoram Range to your north and Zanskar Range to your south. At your front, the extensive and open ground provides you a regal feel. This trek offers you the incredible trekking experience. We are the best trekking company in providing the finest customized deals to trekkers worldwide. We develop a schedule as per your requirements and needs. With us, you will experience the best trekking excursion every time. We not only plan your trip, but take care of every issue no matter big or small. Our motto is to create the most excellent trekking experience of your life. Simply give us a call and leave everything on our professionals. Call us..Today..!!
Amazing Stok Kagri Expedition 14 Days
Day 1: Arrival in New Delhi
Arrival in New Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport our Revellers Paradise Representative will meet you at Airport and take you to the Hotel and rest of the day is free to explore Capital of India.
Day 2: Fly to Leh, the capital of Ladakh.
Today early in the morning our RPR will meet you take you to Airport for your flight to Leh, the capital city of Ladakh. The flight takes us over the Greater Himalaya and makes an exciting landing at one of the highest airports in the world. We can hope to get excellent views of Stok Kangri as we fly-in and, on a clear day, the great peaks of the Karakoram are visible to the north. We are met at the airport and taken to the Hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Leh is at an altitude of nearly 3,350m/11,000ft, and you can expect to feel the effects of the rarefied atmosphere. For the first few hours, you may be a little breathless and perhaps have a slight headache. These symptoms of altitude sickness are mild and usually disappear quite quickly; however, everyone is advised to take it easy for the first day or two. Press-ups and hill sprints are definitely taboo!
Day 3: Exploring the city of Leh (3,350m).
We have one day to relax and stroll around Leh, to allow the effects of the altitude to wear off. This is an important period, which allows the body to acclimatise in preparation for the initial trek. There are plenty of distractions in Leh, varying from scenic and cultural to gastronomic. There are options of visiting the 11th century monastery at Alchi and the famous Khardung La pass (the highest motorable road in the world).
Day 4: Trek to Sumdo (3,800m).
In the morning we will visit the Thiksey Monastery, which is 18Km outside of Leh and continue our drive to the beginning of the trek to Shang. The bird life on our acclimatisation trek is spectacular, with previous teams have spotted Lammergeyer, Peregrine Falcon, Choughs, Indian Griffon Vulture and White- winged Redstart. Our walk begins up a stony valley via a well-defined path. There are several river crossings en route to our camp, which we establish just before the gorge at Sumdo (3,800m). Overall, it should take about 3 hrs to get to camp.
Day 5: Trek to Shang Phu (4,365m).
FomSumdo, we head directly up the valley to Shang Phu at an altitude of 4,365m to complete a total of 5 to 6 hrs walking. This is one of the most beautiful camp sites on the trek, but do look out for Wolves, as they are quite common in this remote place.
Day 6: Cross the Shang La (4,960m).
Our third day on trek is probably the toughest non summit day of the trip, as we climb 900m to a high point on the Shang La. This part of our acclimatization trek traverses an area which is very rarely visited and involves the crossing of many spurs and minor passes, with occasional views northwards towards the Indus Valley and the peaks beyond. Following our ascent to the Shang La (4,960m), we then descend to the Tokpo River for lunch. After lunch we trek downhill, contouring around spurs and over a 4,550m pass to our camping place at Gangpoche (4,435m). Today we can expect to walk for 6 to 7 hours.
Day 7: Trek to Smankarmo (4,380m).
It’s another steady climb in the morning, this time up to the Matho La (4,965m). From just before the pass we have our views of StokKangri. When it is clear, it is also possible to see the 8,000m Gasherbrum peaks 210 km away in Pakistan. Kashmir is in the narrow gap in the foreground. At the Matho La pass, we can walk 100m southwest on the top of the ridge, just past the first small hill for views of SaltoroKangri. We then descend into the valley to the north of Stok Village. This lovely valley is a high and wild area, which is visited only by climbing groups and by the local people who spend some of the summer months in picturesque villages of stone huts, from where they tend their flocks of sheep and goats. We camp near Shepherds huts at Smankarmo (4,380m) after 4 to 5 hours of walking.
Day 8: Trek to StokKangri base camp (4,980m).
A two hour trek takes us up to the base camp area for StokKangri (Yarlas at 4,980m). This pleasant campsite is on a grassy area beside a meltwater stream. In the afternoon we can walk above our camp for views of the Rimo peaks (adjacent to the Siachen Glacier in the East Karakoram), where the meltwater torrent flows out of the very middle of the Gulap Glacier’s terminal moraine at 5,160m.
Day 9: Acclimatisation walk to 5,400m.
It used to be possible to use an advance base camp at 5,400m below the south face. This is now not allowed, so we spend today walking up towards this site as part of our acclimatisation and to scope out our route. From base camp, we climb straight up the moraine, which stands immediately above our camp. This is tiring work but it soon eases to give a gentle descent and access to the glacier beyond. Depending on snow conditions, we may put on crampons to walk onto the glacier. The surface of the glacier will probably be uneven and furrowed by melt water streams. There are a few, very small crevasses, which are crossed easily. At the top of the glacier the slope steepens as we climb up onto the south face to where the site of the old camp is located, on a promontory of rough ground.
Day 10: A rest day and time for final preparations.
We have a day of relaxing and preparing for the big summit day tomorrow, before spending another night at base camp to complete our acclimatisation.
Day 11: Summit day.
Our summit day begins before dawn, to give us ample time for the climb. Psychologically it will be helpful to have previously covered the ground to the old advance base camp, as we will be doing this section of the ascent in the dark. From the advance base camp, the nature of the route depends on the snow cover. It is most likely that we do not need our crampons for the most part as we scramble over scree and boulders, which lead up to the south ridge. The 1,500 ft ridge that stretches up to the summit is exciting and superbly exposed, although never particularly steep and very straightforward. Most of the ridge is like a steep path, so ropes are not usually necessary, although some scrambling is required. At an altitude approaching 20,000 ft it is extremely tiring and anybody who needs a rope will be able to use one.
The summit is a superb reward for your effort, giving magnificent views in every direction. The city of Leh is so small that you can barely see it. After taking photographs and perhaps a bite to eat, we set off back down the hill. The route taken depends on the leader, but it is usually a reversal of the way we went up. Occasionally our groups have descended the South Face, in which case a small abseil is necessary near the top. On reaching the glacier, we return all the way back to base camp.
Day 12: Trek to Stok from base camp.
From base camp we trek directly down the valley towards the village of Stok. This is a delightful walk through a dramatic canyon with amazing red sandstone formations. It is an excellent example of vertical strata showing how plate tectonics can shape mountains so quickly. Also, look out for Blue Sheep as they scamper across steep rock faces, which most of us wouldn’t venture onto without climbing equipment! We pass several homesteads and numerous ruins of old fortresses, reaching Stok after about six hours walking. Our transport meets us here to take us back to the Hotel in Leh.
Day 13: Fly from Leh to Delhi.
We take you to the Leh Airport for your flight to New Delhi. After another spectacular flight, meet and greet with our representative at Delhi Airport he will take you to the hotel Rest of the day is free.
Day Option; Delhi city tour / Agra Tour with Guide.
Day 14: Departure Transfer To Airport
We will take you to the Airport for your flight to next destination.