Stok Kangri Expedition with Leh Ladakh Jeep Safari
Many mountains in this area of the country exceed an altitude of 6000 meters. The reason can be the Indus Valley already running in the area. One of the peaks in the region which has gained considerable popularity is the Stok Kangri and its twin Golep Kangri. In the middle of the fascinating area of Ladakh, lies Stok Kangri which is one of the most famous peaks to climb in India. It’s been declared as a trekking peak by Indian Mountaineering Foundation which means less paper work and Imagine you combined this faboulous peak with Manali to Leh Ladakh Jeep Safari.
Stok Kangri is famous among serious climbers for the following reasons:
- Altitude: 6153 Metres for a trekking peak sounds amazing, you can reach this altitude with almost no equipment and technical expertise.
- Approach to basecamp: Normally the trek to basecamp is of around 7 – 10 days but one can choose route as per their convenience
- Its in Ladakh: Ladakh means Land of Passes, it has world’s three highest motorable road, beauty of landscape, vibrant culture, colourful people and resemblance to Tibet
Leh is the capital of Ladakh and lies at an altitude of about 3500- 3800 meters above the sea level. The place still can be said to be engrossed and away from many amenities and just proves an adventurous place for trekking. If you have cultural inclinations, this is a perfect place to start off for trekking, biking, climbing and many excursions. The town is under a strong Buddhist influence, which is very evident from its culture, though the town also has a great number of Muslims that resides here. There are dozens of beautiful Buddhist monasteries that are located in and around the place which are easily accessible. You can visit these monasteries within a day. In Leh, you can enjoy the game of Polo, right in front of the City Palace
Day1 Manali to Sarchu
Start early by Jeep from Manali to Sarchu. Cross the famous tourist attraction Rohtang Pass to enter in Lahaul and Spiti valley of Himalachal Pradesh. Enjoy the barren landscape of Lahaul and Spiti on a road trip beside Chandra River. night stay in Sarchu.
Day 2 Sarchu to Leh
During the Jeep Safari from Manali to Leh in total you have to cross 5 high altitude passes they are Rohtan Pass, Baralacha La, Nakeela, Lachungla and Tanglangla which is the third world’s highest pass. Reach Leh night stay in Hotel.
Day 3 Explore Leh and acclimitize
The whole day is for rest to acclimatize to the high altitude, explore the market in the evening, enjoy the cultural and natural beauty of Leh. This can be considered as a day to get familiar with the town and also acclimatize to the weather. Leh is culturally a rich place. There are dozens of monasteries and ancient temples that you can go around. They are located in and around the town. Therefore you would be getting enough time to go around the place in a day. You can have an overnight stay in Leh.
Day 2 Stok Village to Manokarma
Post breakfast we will drive to Stok village. The drive to the Stok village is an adventurous one and if full of natural beauty and lush green trees. The weather is perfectly fine for the summer season. The Stok La village lies immediately to the south of Leh and it is well known for a royal palace. There is also a small museum inside the palace which has beautiful and religious artifacts.
We will start trekking from Stok village and trek up to Mankorma. This day will show you the real beauty of Ladhak and gives you the answer why Ladakh known as cold desert, it is a fairly easy trek along with the river and you would love the overnight stay in tents.
Day 3 Manokarma to Basecamp
A few hours trek takes you back to the base camp. This exotic base camp is a pleasurable place. It lies in a grassy area. This area has a number of water bodies in the form of lakes and water streams. During the day time, you can walk on the upper areas of the campsite and enjoy the views of the surroundings. There are some beautiful peaks like Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri and many others. You can also take rest in the base camp to make sure that the group is ready for the next day’s trek and touring. You would get time to acclimatize to the weather. This is an important part because the more your body is used to the surrounding the more are the chances of you submitting the peak.
The overnight stay, would again be arranged in tents and make sure that you have enough warm clothes for the lowering temperature.
Day 4 Training Day
This day is an easy day for trekkers. You would enjoy the time for going around and knowing the place to a much better extent. It is essentially a day to train for the upcoming trek and know the possibilities and challenges that are involved in it. Your trek leader and guide would let you know about all the different changes in the terrain. You need adequate knowledge and experience to go around the mountains. There might be situations where you have to trek in the sinking snow. You would find your legs sinking up to your knees. Therefore it is essential that you know the weather and surrounding conditions. It is also a day when you would to take enough rest so that you are well prepared for the coming excursion. The overnight stay would again be in tents. By now, you should be well familiar to the conditions prevailing during the day and night.
Day 5 Summit Day
Whole day we did practice for the climb and now it’s the time for action. We will get up at 12 AM and push for summit. The route goes through glaciers and then comes to steep slopes to the summit ridge. This is a long climb, so you should be mentally strong and prepared psychologically. It would take somewhere between 9 to 10 hours for average climbers. Slow climbers may take another 2 to 3 hours in addition. At the start of the trek, after a couple of hours, you should reach to the summit of the ridge. The summit offers you great views of the area. The wide and open surroundings give you a royal feeling. Towards the north, you would get a view of the Karakoram range. The Saser Kangri dominates the sky in the north along with the Karakoram, and the Zansker ranges in the south. The overnight stay, as usual, would be in tents.
Day 6 Rest Day (Second Summit Push)
Once you get back to the base camp, you would be tired for the day and would definitely need rest. The beautiful location of the base camp would take away the pain with the cold breeze blowing all around. If you reach early to the base camp, you would enjoy going around the place. It is one of the best sites that you would have once you have decided to trek this area of land. Trekking in Leh, could be considered by some people to be living their dreams. At any point of time, you might just feel that you are right in the middle of heaven. You would like to spend the night here and the overnight stay would be in tents in the open lands.
Day 7 Basecamp to Stok Village
This would be the ultimate day of your fantastic trekking experience. The trek which included high altitude trekking mountaineering and expedition would finally come to an end after this day. But before you end the day, you would see a lot of snow clad beauty and memorable view of mountain ranges. The joy of Ladakh trekking can be rejuvenated from this spot. As the day rises, you would have to start coming back from Chang Ma to Leh. The trek back could be difficult and you need to perform care and precision. On the same day, after you reach Leh, you would also have to cover up to StokVillage on your feet. Stok village is the final stopping point of trekking. From Stok village to Leh, you would have to take a drive. The drive may make you nostalgic of all the fun that you had while trekking the mountains in the last eight days.
Day 8 Leh to Delhi
At the end of an outstanding trek to StokKangri through the Himalayas, you are back to Leh and are preparing to get back to Delhi. You can take a direct flight to Delhi from Leh, over the Himalayas. The flight back may make you nostalgic and you might just get lost in your dreams. Alternatively, if you plan to tour the surroundings, you might also visit the nearby places in Kashmir before you come back to your home city.