Ladakh – Stok Kangri Trek

FROM £ 1548

High Places began in India. 1987 saw our very first trip set off to trek in the Garhwal Himalayas in north India. We have gradually widened our destinations and now also go to Ladakh, Sikkim and to Kerala. If you are looking for an authentic, energetic yet sensitive holiday in India we are the specialists.

Ladakh Stok Kangri Trek is a classic trek; the perfect challenge for trekkers who want to summit a Himalayan peak. With its panoramic summit view, Stok Kangri (6150m) is the highest mountain in the Stok region of the Indian Himalayas; it lies to the south of Leh, situated within Hemis National Park. Having acclimatised well, the Ladakh Stok Kangri Trek allows you to climb a 6000m peak in less than a week. Even though the climb is classed as non-technical, it requires the use of crampons and ice axe, and usually we rope up along the ridge.

The summit is marked with colourful prayer flags. It also displays some of the most prized views of the Saser Kangri (7670mts) peak in the Karakoram Range. This range includes the world’s second highest peak, K2 (8611m), along with the stunning Kang Yatse (6400m) and Nun Kun, the highest peak on the Indian side of the Himalayas (7135m).

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Route Map

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  • Depart

    Depart UK

    • Arrive in Delhi

      Arrive in Delhi and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore the nearby sights in the old quarter.

      • Flight across the Himalayas to Leh

        An early morning flight across the Himalayas to Leh - a tremendous experience! There is time to relax and recover in Leh before the trekking starts.

        • Ladakh sightseeing

          Today we will visit Thikse monastery, Stok Palace and Hemis monastery. Leh lies on a centuries old trade route along the mighty Indus valley and while the trading has greatly changed the magnificent Buddhist monasteries remain.

          • Ladakh city walk

            We take an acclimatisation walk in and around the Leh town, with walks to Shankar Gompa, Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace.

            • Ladakh culture

              Leh is a colourful and vibrant town full of interest. This morning there is an optional trip by jeep to the world’s highest mountain pass, the Khardungla (5660m). In the afternoon there will be a guided walking tour around some of the local landmarks including the Royal Palace and Tsemo Monastery, situated above the town.

              • Drive to Chilling

                Today we leave Leh and drive to Chilling (3150 m), visiting Spituk and Phyang monasteries en-route. For a short while we drive along the Indus River before turning off into a tiny track near the confluence. The valley narrows into a gorge and the scenery is spectacular. We start the day crossing the Zanskar River in a secure but exciting cable-way box to meet up with our ponies and crew. A short and easy walk on a good path leads to our campsite at Skiu (3400m). There will be time to visit Skiu Gompa in the evening.

                • Visit nearby villages

                  We follow the Shingti River up into an impressive gorge to the village of Shingo. In this barren landscape, the only shade is from the willows that grow near the Shingti River. The valley is quite spectacular and the rock colours range from pale greys and browns through yellows, greens and shades of purple. Around noon we reach our camp, located at 4150 meters in a large green field just before the village of Shingo. The afternoon can be used to relax or take a walk in the area - either on one of the peaks or a trip to the charming little village of Shingo, where about 10 families cultivate barley.

                  • Our first pass

                    After a hearty breakfast we are ready for our first pass. From the camp we have about four hour’s ascent gradually up to the pass. The climb is well worth it and from the top we have breath-taking views of the snowy peaks of both the Zanskar and Stok ranges. The descent is long and winds down the valley – look out for the charming Himalayan marmots and Bharal (Blue Sheep), which roam the area. The trail brings us past a tea shop and further down past the one house village of Yurutse. We continue on down to Rumbak, one of the largest villages in the area. The houses are typical whitewashed mud brick houses with colourful prayer flags fluttering from the roof.

                    • From Rumbak

                      From Rumbak we begin our ascent to the second high pass on the trip, Stok La pass (4800m), The scenery is magnificent with fold upon fold of reddish, rugged cliffs - home to the elusive snow leopard. The day starts quite gently as we wind our way to the foot of the pass. The trail then becomes steeper and steeper as we zigzag our way to the top. Eventually the prayer flags marking the top come into view and what a view! Ahead are the Stok mountains, but it is the countless layers of multi-coloured rock 'cathedrals' around us, which steal the picture. From the pass we descend to our camp.

                      • Short walk

                        Today we have a very short walk as we follow the river up to our camp, surrounded by the area's distinctive vertical rock walls. We spend the afternoon acclimatising and have a walk into the surrounding hills with a good chance to see blue sheep.

                        • Trek to our Base Camp

                          Today is a short but important day for acclimatisation as we trek to our Base Camp. The route climbs gradually for 3-4 hours following the Cane River all the way to Base Camp. It is usually quite busy with mountaineers from around the world and a mood that is seething with anticipation. The afternoon is set aside for preparations for our climb. There will be an equipment check and the leader and climbing guides will demonstrate the use of ropes, crampons and ice axe. We will be in bed before 8pm tonight ready for tomorrow’s early wake up.

                          • Steep climb

                            We will be woken around midnight and after a cup of hot tea and a bite to eat, we set off in the dark. The route starts with a steep climb out of Base Camp for an hour. The gradient then eases off as we continue along the side of the valley onto the rocky moraine. 2 to 3 hours brings us to the glacier, which we cross to the foot of the climb. From here the gradient increases and we have a very steep climb up for about 2 hours onto the ridge. The light slowly begins to emerge as we climb and we can sense the mountains around us. Far below us we can now see the great glacier, which we crossed in the early morning hours.

                            • Down towards Stok

                              After breakfast, we head down towards Stok 3600m. It’s an easy walk today, but no less spectacular than any other, as we descend the valley all the way to Stok village. Here we will meet our transport for the short one hour drive back to Leh and a welcome hot shower.

                              • Fly back to Delhi

                                We fly back to Delhi and have the rest of the day to explore this fascinating city.

                                • Depart Delhi

                                  Depart Delhi. Or extend your trip to spend an extra night or two. Perhaps to visit the Taj Mahal! International flights should depart after 1300hrs to allow for the possibility of a delayed flight from Leh.

                                  What is included in the price?

                                  • Accommodation (2 Nights Delhi, 4 Nights in Leh and 8 Nights Camping)
                                  • Meals (All Trekking Full Board, Leh Hotels on Half Board and Delhi on Bed & breakfast)
                                  • Guide (English Speaking Guide)
                                  • Entrances (One time entrance fee to Monuments visited included)
                                  • Transfers (All transfers and Sightseeing as per the itinerary)
                                  • Domestic Flights (Delhi-Leh return flights)

                                  What is not included in the price?

                                  • Indian Visa Charges
                                  • Insurances
                                  • Tips for the local staff

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