Stok Kangri

15 Days / India
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Overview

Our Stok Kangri climb is 15 days total and is suitable for experienced trekkers with a good level of fitness. Towering at an impressive 6153 metres, Stok Kangri is a serious challenge.

Although it is considered a trekking peak, the summit day involves some scrambling and we may have to use crampons. We take a unique and scenic route crossing two large passes to reach base camp. This means that we get to see more of Ladakh and increases our acclimatisation to altitude. By taking this route, we improve our chances of a successful summit attempt.

The view from the top of Stok Kangri is one of the best in the Himalaya, offering us great views of the Zanskar and Karakoram ranges. If we get a clear day on the summit, it’s possible to see K2 (8611m), the second highest peak in the world.

This is one of the best trekking peaks in the Indian Himalaya and its proximity to Leh makes it very accessible. Ladakh is referred to as ‘Little Tibet’ and is characterised by Buddhist culture and tradition. Visits to monasteries, palaces, markets and remote villages are all included in this expedition.

As well as enjoying 12 fantastic days in Ladakh we experience Delhi’s best sights and enjoy plenty of retail therapy. Delhi is one of the most hectic cities in the world and you have to see it to believe it.

To read about the day to day of this trek, you can read our Stok Kangri Trip Report or you can watch a recording of our Stok Kangri information talk at the Great Outdoors.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Dublin to Delhi.

    Depart Dublin on an overnight flight to Delhi.

    depart
    plane
  • Day 2

    Delhi.

    Arrive in Delhi in the mid-morning. Rest for the day or go sightseeing & shopping.

    arrive
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 3

    Delhi to Leh (3505m).

    Take the short flight to Leh, capital of Ladakh.

    plane
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 4

    Sightseeing in Leh.

    Spend the day in and around Leh.

    breakfast
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 5

    Leh to Shang Phu (4,200m): 6 hrs trekking.

    Drive to Shang Sumdo and then trek to Shang Phu.

    breakfast
    transfer
    lunch
    trek
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 6

    Shang Phu to Matho Phu (4,400m): 7 hrs trekking.

    Trek over the Shang La Pass (4,940m) to reach Matho Phu.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 7

    Matho Phu to Mankarmo (4,300m): 5 hrs trekking.

    Trek over the Matho La Pass (4,965m) to reach Mankarmo.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 8

    Acclimatisation day Mankarmo: 5 hrs trekking.

    We go on an acclimatisation hike up a beautiful side valley.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 9

    Mankarmo to Base Camp (4900m), 3 hrs trekking.

    Trek from Mankarmo to Base Camp.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 10

    Rest day at Base Camp.

    Rest and go for a short acclimatisation hike in the afternoon.

    breakfast
    relax
    lunch
    dinner
    trek
    camping
  • Day 11

    Base Camp to Stok Kangri (6153m) to Base Camp, 10 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Stok Kangri and back.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 12

    Spare Summit day.

    This day is included to account for possible bad weather or further acclimatisation if needed.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
  • Day 13

    Base Camp to Stok Village (3480m) to Leh, 5 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Stok village and drive to Leh.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    transfer
    dinner
    hotel
  • Day 14

    Leh to Delhi, afternoon sightseeing.

    Fly to Delhi. Explore Delhi and go shopping in the afternoon.

    breakfast
    plane
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 15

    Delhi to Dublin.

    Fly Delhi to Dublin.

    arrive

Facts

Stok Kangri is in Ladakh in Northern India and is one of the most stunning places in the world. It's somewhere that isn't that well known, so here's a few facts about Ladakh and Stok Kangri to get you started!

Stok Kangri Facts

Stok Kangri at 6,153m is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of north-west India.

It's also one of the highest trekable peaks in India. Despite its altitude, Stok Kangri is a popular peak and is often climbed as an initial non-technical foray into high altitude mountaineering.

The peak is located in Hemis National Park, 12 km south-west of the trailhead at 3,610m in the village of Stok and 24 km southwest of the Ladakhi capital of Leh.

On a clear day you'll get great views of the Karakoram Range, sometimes even K2 (the second tallest mountain in the world) in the far distance.

In late July and August, all but the top of the peak of Stok Kangri may be snow-free.

Ladakh Facts

Ladakh is the highest plateau of the Indian state of Kashmir with much of it being over 3,000m. The total area of 45,110sq km makes Ladakh the largest district in India. The largest town in Ladakh is Leh.

Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It spans the Great Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges and the upper Indus River Valley.

It's sometimes called 'Little Tibet' due to strong cultural and geographical similarities with Tibet. The approach to Ladakh is invariably marked with many long walls running 2-3 km, decorated with engraved stones bearing the mantra 'Om Mani Padme Hun' and chortens which symbolises Buddha’s mind.

Buddhism is the religion of the majority of Leh District’s population. The most attractive features of the landscape of Leh are the Buddhists Gompas (Monasteries). Gompas are situated on the highest points of the mountain spurs or sprawl over cliff sides. They are usually in the vicinity of villages and provide a focus for the faith of Buddhists.

Ladakh is a high altitude desert, as the Himalayas create a rain shadow which prohibits the entry of monsoon clouds. The main source of water here is the winter snowfall on the mountains that form the glaciers. In many parts of the country, people pray for rain, here Ladakhis pray for the glaciers or snows to melt for irrigation and drinking purposes. Surprisingly though, the thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes.

We run a Tri-Adventure Trip in Ladakh. On this expedition, we trek, cycle, and raft through this stunning region.

 

Available Dates

  • Aug 7th, 2020 - Aug 21st, 2020
    Good availability
  • Aug 5th, 2021 - Aug 19th, 2021
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What Our Clients Say

A fantastic experience on the Stok Kangri trip. Everything was perfect!

Colm Farrell. Maynooth, Co. Kildare

I cannot rate Earth's Edge highly enough. The trip to Stok Kangri was tough in places but always fun, well managed and lead throughout. It allowed for a proper expedition experience while providing as much comfort as possible. If you want a professional service with a well thought out itinerary to some of the world's most incredible places then Earth's Edge is the only way to go!

David Doyle. Co. Dublin, Ireland

Amazing experience - a beautiful part of the world, great group and because everything was so well organized, the trip was a lot more relaxing than I thought it would be. As a first time trekker, the whole Earth's Edge team put me at ease and made me feel really safe throughout. Cannot recommend highly enough - I will definitely be back!

Ciara McDevitt. Co. Dublin, Ireland

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