Stok Kangri Trek
Join us for the trek to Stok Kangri. Stok Kangri Peak trek is considered one of the most challenging treks in this region of Himalayas. The final altitude that is achieved in the trek is 20, 080 ft, which is almost 70% height of the Mount Everest. You must be mentally and physically fit to complete this trek. Most people return from the base camp of Stok Kangri without even completing the last leg.
Each online purchase entitles one person for this activity. Book quantity more than 1 for the number of people in your group.
We strongly encourage you to carry your own back pack. But if you opt to offload your back pack to a porter please select the option porter required while booking for the trek. The bag offloaded must be just one bag and total weight of the bag must not exceed 15 Kgs
Treks are conducted when there are enough people interested in it (more than 5 people). Please register early at the below link with your contact information so that we can co-ordinate.
Price listed (per person) is for a group of 5 people.. As the number of people in the batch increases the price may come down. Once you have registered for the trek, and we have minimum set of people, we will let you know so that you can pay 25% of the cost upfront. The final payment needs to be done one week before the trek date. We will let you know the remaining amount that needs to be paid (it will vary based on team size).
Permit Cost for Foreign Nationals @Rs.2000 per person extra.
Day 1: Arrive at Leh and rest.
Day 2: Drive to Shang 12,000 ft. Acclimatization trek near by.
Day 3: Trek from Shang 12,000 ft toShang Phu 14,250 ft
Day 4: Shang Phu 14,250 ft toGangpoche 14,550 , via Shang Phu La 16,750 ft & Matho La14,850 ft
Day 5: Gangpoche 14,550 ft to Mankarmo 15500 ft
Day 6: Mankarmo 15500 ft to Stok Kangri Base Camp 16,300 ft
Day 7: Rest day at Stok Kangri Base camp 16,300 ft
Day 8: Stok Kangri Summit climb 20,080 ft and back to Stok Kangri Base camp (16,300 ft)
Day 9: Stok Kangri Base to Stok Village and drive back to Leh.
Trek Date – Mid July to Mid September. Oct and Nov are extremely cold but possible. (For exact details contact Ayan Brahma [Ph: +91 9591945454])
You need to be in good physical condition before the start of the trek. You should be able to jog 4.5 kms in 30 minutes before commencement of the trekking expedition. Any high altitude in Himalayas above 15650 feet, higher than most European summits, here the air is thin and the surrounding becomes difficult. You need to carry a backpack that weighs 7-8 kgs. Your physical fitness is very important for the successful completion of trek. Prepare yourself to get to a jogging distance of 4.5 km under 30 minutes; this would make your lungs strong enough to trek in such conditions. Simultaneously also tone up with some active stomach exercise like leg rise and sit ups minimum 3 sets with push ups strengthening your shoulder, pelvic and chest.
Flexibility is the ability of muscles and tendons to relax and stretch easily. It determines the amount of movement your bones can make in any direction around joints such as shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. Stretching improves your posture and helps to prevent low back pain. Stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and low back muscles regularly, promotes relaxation in the tissues reducing the strain on your back. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.
Suggestion of Essential Clothing & Equipment
1. Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Quechua Forclaz 60 is a good choice.
2. Daypack (20-25 L) –optional. Useful for summit/pass day, handy if you want to offload your backpack on the trek.
3. Trekking shoes – Sports shoes are an absolute NO in trekking. You need Traction on Snow and Sport Shoes with PVC soles hardly justifies the choice. Ensure the shoes are well used before the trek. Forclaz 500 and Woodland are good choices.
Note: You can buy Decathlon products from online retailers like Playgroundonline. Ladies with smaller feet size find it a problem to get a shoe. Forclaz 500 has special trekking shoes for women.
4. 3 pair of track pants (at least one should be synthetic quick-dry kind). Or 3 pair of cotton pants with lots of pockets. Track pants are light and we highly recommend them. Plus when things get really cold then layers of clothes matter.
5. 3 cotton t-shirt with collar. Avoid bright colours like red and fluorescents. Stick to lighter tones. There are plenty of Birds and Animals one would come across while trekking and you won’t want them to get scared with your dressing sense.
6. One full Sleeve Sweater. A fleece jacket would be an alternative.
7. A full sleeve thick Jacket.
8. 4 pairs of Undergarments.
9. 1 pair of Thermal Inners.
10. 4-5 pair of Sports Socks.
11. Woolen Monkey cap/Balaclava that cover the ear.
12. Light weight Rain Coat/Poncho (to escape a quick burst of rain).
13. Hand Gloves (water proof).
14. Sun glasses – Buy the one which will cover your eyes well. Choose from Black, Green, Brown and Blue coloured Sunglass — they cannot block UV rays. Avoid multi toned ones too. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness, and are mandatory for treks.
15. Sun Cap and/or Head-Scarf.
16. Trekking Pole is mandatory. You can buy a trekking pole online from Playgroundonline or from Rediff
17. People who wear spectacles should have any one of these:
Photo chromatic Glass.
If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
18. Light towel (a quick drying kind).
19. Chap stick or Lip Balm.
20. Cold Cream and Sun Screen Lotion (SPF 40+).
21. 2 Water bottles (1 L each). Do not carry packaged water bottles.
22. Life straw personal water filter (optional) – buy them online at Pepperfry
23. LED Torch with extra set of cells/ Head Lamps (preferred).
24. Personal Toilet Kit (minimal) and Toilet Paper.
25. Small Repair Kit consisting of Safety Pins, Needle, Thread and String (mandatory)
26. Camera, Memory-Cards, Batteries etc (Batteries carry enough spares. You won’t get Electricity on slopes)
27. Slippers/Sandals (for walking around campsite).
28. While there are adequate food provided on trek, some do feel very less energetic compared to others. So you can carry few energy bars (dry fruit pouches are better than 5 Star/Munch).
29. While packing, use bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
30. Carry a personal Leak proof Tiffin Box, a Plate, Spoon and Coffee Mug.
Personal Medicine kit containing
Crocin 650 – 5 tablets, Avomine – 4 tablets, Avil 25mg – 4 tablets, Diamox – 20 tablets, Combiflam – 5 tablets, Disprin – 10 tablets, Norflox TZ- 10 tablets, Spasmoproxyvon – 6 tablets, Crepe Bandage – 3 to 5 meters, Band Aid – 10 strips, Digene – 10 tablets, Gauze cloth – 1 small role, Leukoplast – 1 small roll, Cotton – 1 small roll, ORS – 5 packets, Betadine cream, Aqua pure Tablets – 1 bottle, Moov spray
We strive for the best safety standards. Every trekker must adhere to the instructions issued by the guide.
DOs and Don’ts
- A strict NO to your Denims – they are not suitable for treks, beside it adds weight.
- NO to Snacks, Colas, Alcohol and Personal Food – Don’t overweight yourself with them.
- NO to any Disposable Plastic Bottles, plastic wrapped/packaged items & Non Bio Degradable material.
- While at the trek enjoy the view. Do not litter and leave the place in the same condition for other trekkers and next generation coming after you to enjoy.
- Strict NO to touching or handling of any of the Sketal remains that you may come across.
We carry High Altitude Sleeping Bags with us hence please do not carry yours. We would also be carrying Alpine tents, ice-axes, and other equipment required for such treks.
- Do weigh your Gears post packing. It should not exceed the range of 8-9 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you need to repeat and remove what is not essential.
- Travel light and carry what is essential. For example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 10 days).The list given here are exactly what you need and nothing more.
Some Common advice about Clothing:
To protect you from cold, dressing in layers is the ‘Catch’. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a suggestion. If you are prone to cold carry an extra sweater.
Please ensure to carry the following documents:
An identification card (like Driving License, Voters ID card, Passport etc), along with a photocopy, Passport Size Photos, a Medical Certificate and Disclaimer Certificate (Download pdf here).
All mentioned DOCUMENTS are MANDATORY, without which you won’t be allowed to trek.
1. Accommodation. (Camping) and Guest House
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.)
3. Trekking equipment
5. First Aid Medical kits and oxygen cylinder
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers
1. Transport/Food / Meal on the way to / from Shang
2. Any kind of personal expenses
4. Porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions
Not suitable for: Heart Patient, paralyzed Patient, pregnant women, Asthmatics or any other medical conditions that limits person from participating in adventure sports
Contact person – Ayan Kumar Brahma
Ph: +91 9591945454
How to reach?
Starting point of the trek is Shang, near Leh
Nearest big town is Srinagar. Transport from Srinagar to Sonmarg and back can be arranged at extra cost.
Some facts about the trek
Trail type: 9 days, long walks each day. Summit day is 14-16 hrs long.
Altitude: Stok Kangri summit, 20,085 feet (6,120 mts).
Nearest City: Leh can be reached from Delhi by air. Leh is also accessible by road from Manali and Srinagar. Journey time by Sumo from Srinagar: 18 hrs – 20 hrs.
Base Camp: Shang, near Hemis.
Best Season: Mid July to Mid September. Oct and Nov are extremely cold but possible.
Temperature in July, Aug and Sept:
Day: 15° to 30°C. Night: 10° to 15°C. Temp at highest camp, Stok Kangri base: Day 15°C to 25°C. Night: 7° to -2°C.
Rain: Usually dry. Could have cloud bursts in July Aug.
Snow: Reasonable snow on the Stok Kangri flank in July. Ridge could have snow as well. Gradually recedes by Aug.
Preparation: Physical preparation mandatory. Prior high altitude trek experience required.
One of the most exciting and challenging trek in this region is the Stok Kangri Peak. Stok Kangri is at an amazing height of 20, 080 ft (6, 153 m) and is the highest mountain in the Stok range of Himalayas. It is 24 kms from the district of Leh. Even though the trek is the most glamorous one, it is by no means an easy trek. Only very few people who attempt, succeed to reach the Stok Kangri Peak. People from all over the world come here to summit this amazing peak.
One of the reason this trek is considered a difficult one is because of the height, which is almost 70% of the Mt. Everest. Many people suggest completing the trek in five days to reduce the cost. But this might be dangerous as your body needs proper acclimatization. The level of oxygen in the air reduces significantly as you gain altitude. And if your body is not prepared for the sudden change in weather, then the trek might be tiring and exhausting. It can be fatal too. It might mean that you have to return without completing it. Thus, two days is further added to the itinerary. We highly recommend that all the trekkers read up about AMS and it’s symptoms. We want all the trekkers to finish the trek safely and provide safety equipments with the trekking team. Please do not push yourself during this trek if you feel you are not fit during any time of the trek. Let the trek lead know if you feel any discomfort. All trek members will need to abide by the decisions of the trek lead.
Less than 10 days – 0% refund
Between 10 to 14 days – 50% refund
Between 14 to 24 days – 70% refund
More than 24 days – 95%
Activity subject to weather condition
Roopkund: 20085 feet
Shang, near Hemis