Stok Kangri Trek Overview

Stok Kangri is one of the highest peaks famous for trekking. The peak is at the height of 20100 ft. which is even higher than the highest one in Europe, Mt. Elbrus (18510 ft). Trekking this high peak of India is not an easy one, it falls under the difficult band of treks in India. The toughest is the summit day, it exposes you to drastically freezing temperatures, and trek on glaciers and ridges for hours. The journey has challenging conditions of intolerable cold, inconsistent weather, headaches of high altitude, and whatnot. But at the same time, the peak mends all the cracks and takes you to a natural panoramic view of Zanskar and Indus valley.

The Stok kangri trek is not for beginners & it is essential for the trekkers to have experience of at least 2-3 treks of the height of around 15000ft. The entire journey of 9 days will treat your eyes with magnificent views of trails, ridges, glaciers, barren grey land, grassy pockets, also the Zasker and Karakoram range. During the entire journey, you will experience a perfect blend of difficulty and natural beauty. The Stok village itself is full of natural aesthetics, cultural bliss, and plenty of scenic views all around.

Get started with the thrill at Leh and let's take a deep dive into all the dimensions of these 9 days of adventure.

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  • Stok Kangri at 20180 ft. is one of the Ultra prominent peaks of the world.
  • Experience 6-7 hours of trek on Glacier at night under the blanket of millions of twinkling stars.
  • While reaching to Summit, walk on a line formed along the Highest points of a Mountain Ridge.
  • Capture the hypnotizing view of Karakoram range from the Stok Summit along with the Zanskar range
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Must Know Before You Go
  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • Consult a physician before undertaking the trek. Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
  • It is recommended to carry enough warm clothes and the right kind of shoes for the trek.
  • The trek takes place through an eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites. Travelers littering may be fined.
  • Avoid using plastic bags and maintain the ecological balance of the destinations.
  • Carry protein bars dry fruits/ light snacks from home. Carry water bottles with you, so that you can refill.
  • Professional guide(s) are available to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek.
  • Keep your luggage minimum; the more you carry, the more you hassle.
  • Please carry a valid ID proof.
  • Any personal expenses, items of personal nature, meals not mentioned etc. will not be in part of the package.
  • The management reserves all the right to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
  • Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Thrillophilia'' reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which Thrilllophilia or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. Thrillophilia reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like a change in flight and train schedule, cancellation of flights/1trains, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, roadblocks, etc. will not be accommodated in the package cost. No bill will be reimbursed for any missed service/facility.
  • During a trip, in case the roads are blocked due to landslides or a reason that is beyond control, Thrillophilia will rearrange the itinerary for the travellers real-time, however, the cost of alternative accommodation will be borne by the customer as the hotels pre-booked execute their cancellation policies and are nonrefundable.
  • Because of any reason natural or personal, if the Trek or a particular activity is not completed, no refund will be processed.
  • The difference in the cost shall be borne by the client in case of any amendment in the package due to change in the number of guests, hotel change, itinerary change, etc.
  • If in case any traveller wants to or decides to leave the trip in the middle, all the expenses from that point onwards will be borne by the traveller. Neither the operator nor Thrillophilia will be held responsible for such decisions or for any refund.
  • The refund or compensation is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. refund or compensation are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of Thrillophilia.
  • At Thrillophilia, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event we might have to call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity or other issues like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that might prevent a safe trekking experience. In such cases, Thrillophilia will issue a Credit note summing up to the same amount as your trek fee that can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
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Quick facts of Stok Kangri Trek

Quick facts of Stok Kangri Trek

Maximum altitude: Stok Kangri is at 20180 ft. or 6,070m. It is the highest in the stock range of the Ladakh region.

Grade: - Difficult. The trek is considered to be difficult as it includes harsh climatic conditions.

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights.

Trekking distance: Mt Stok Kangri trek and Ladakh trekking are about 40 km.

Trail type: Trekking Mountain

Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh. Go Air, Air India have flights every day from New Delhi to Leh.

Snow Season: The summit is always covered in snow. September or October are the months with adverse weather conditions.

Service from: The service starts and ends at Leh.

Base camp: At 16300 ft. Few hours trek from Mankorma.

Stok Kangri Trek Best Season: Summer months, from June to September are better to plan the trip.

Region: Ladakh region

Who can participate: A climber and trekker with experience of treks above 15000ft .

Short Itinerary for Stok Kangri Trek

The trek is of 8-9 challenging days filled with thrill, fun and adventure.

Day-1 Land at Leh, at a height of 3500m (11500 ft.)

Day-2 Adapt and Explore the land of monasteries (Leh)

Day-3 Drive to Stok Village (11800 ft.) and Trek to Chang Ma (13087 ft.)

Day-4 Chang Ma (13087 ft.) to Mankorma (14200 ft.)

Day-5 Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.)

Day-6 Acclimatization and training at base camp

Day-7 Base camp (16300 ft.) to Stok kangri (20180 ft.) back to base camp

Day-8 Base camp to Stok Village and drive to Leh

Day-9 Departure day from Leh

Stok Kangri Trek Detailed Itinerary

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Day 9
Day 1

Land at Leh, at a height of 3500m (11500 ft.)

  • Day one includes a lot of fun excitement and sufficient relaxation with a cup of tea/ coffee in the lap of Leh.

  • The excitement of hiking stock kangri gets a head start with your arrival at Leh.

  • Get into the hotel and relax.

  • Before having a rigorous trek it is very important to get acclimatized to have a healthy and enjoyable journey.

  • Relax overnight at the hotel.

  • Overnight stay at Leh.

What to Pack for Stok Kangri Trek?

Trekking Gears
Other Essentials
Trekking Gears

Stok kangri trek is an enduring challenge. Don't forget to gather all your courage, excitement, adventure spirit, and patience, along with these packable things:

  • Head torch
  • Warm clothes
  • Caps
  • Toilet paper & wipes
  • Walking stick
  • Backpack (50-60l)
  • Day pack (20-30l)
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack with waterproof linings
  • Fleece jackets and thermals
  • Hiking shoes
  • Mosquito & insect repellent
  • Thermal inners
  • Walking shoes
  • Waterproof windcheater
  • Woollen cap, socks, mittens & scarf

Know Before You Go to Stok Kangri Trek

Tips for Stok Kangri Trek
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Tips for Stok Kangri Trek

Before going on one of the most difficult treks, you must know a few things.

  • Choose the best time to go: explore the mountains when the sun makes it a bit easy to trek. Choose the best time between June and September to explore the Stok Kangri trek.

  • Get aware of the harsh and unusual climatic conditions in the high altitude. Do take sufficient time to acclimatize to the region.

  • Mentally prepare yourself for this challenging and extremely uneasy trek. You won't get any facilities, hotel beds, bathrooms, fancy breakfast, or anything. Even minimum amenities may become difficult to get.

  • Be prepared for extreme weather conditions. The temperature even touches minus 30 at the summit.

  • Rising altitude may bring you mesmerizing views along with some headaches. Do take prescribed medication if needed. Stay strong, keep going.

  • Sunburns are common at such high altitudes, must apply sunscreen and wear sunglasses.

  • Don't forget to bring a camera along with your phone and extra batteries. After the initial days, you will have to stay in tents at such times extra batteries will become lifesavers for your phone and cameras.

  • Do visit a physician to have a regular checkup to confirm fitness for trekking.

  • Don't forget to keep adequate warm clothes.

  • Trekking is possible only with the right kind of shoes in such areas so get yourself the correct ones.

  • Try to keep luggage minimum.

  • Do take sufficient breaks and hydrate yourself.

  • Take protein bars with you and have them when you feel exhausted.

  • Avoid using plastic anyway.

  • Do remember to maintain eco-friendly behavior; do not litter.

FAQ's of Stok Kangri Trek

How difficult is the Stok Kangri Trek?

    Before getting on to a decision of going on a trek “Stok Kangri” you must check about the challenges, difficulties and fitness required for the trek.The entire trek from Stok village is lush green and filled with natural bliss. From Chang Ma to the base camp you will find water bodies and the opportunity to stay in tents near them. After this, the tough section of the trip will begin, with 9-10 hours of the trek on glaciers and ridges. After facing the rough and harsh conditions while climbing, you will be amazed to experience the view at the summit. Witness the Karakoram range towards the north and Zanskar range in the south.

    Stok Kangri is an expedition with high altitude, terrible cold, harsh Himalayan weather, and an exhausting trek experience. This arid region experiences drastic temperature variations. It even falls from 0 degree Celsius to minus 30 degrees at the summit. You have to be mentally prepared and strong enough to face the harsh conditions and the climate of the region along with minimal available amenities.

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