Stok Kangri is one of the most strenuous trekking summits in India. You being one of the crazy backpackers, who seek to capture the cascade of mountain ranges atop from a lofty height of 6,153 meters then you can’t escape the Stok Kangri trek. Well, the alpine trek in the Ladakh region is every trekker’s dream but only few people are able to undertake the challenge.
It is one of the high altitude treks in India that requires some serious acclimatization. No doubt, the Stok Kangri trek also offers a beautiful journey through the countryside that is dotted with several small villages, cattle farms and colourful meadows crisscrossed by small gushing streams. In contrast, the undulated terrain, jagged ridges, coloured layers of peaks and deep canyons throughout the trek seem to be another breathtaking part of the journey.
The Stok Kangri trek commences from Leh, which is at an elevation of 3,500 meters. After an acclimatization of a day or two the journey drives via Alchi to Lamayuru and thereafter the trail begins to ascend gradually over Prinkti La at 3,800 meters and descends to Wanla. During the journey from Leh to Wanla you will be visiting some of the oldest monasteries like the Shey, Hemis, Lamayuru and Alchi. From Wanla the trek to Stok Kangri summit follows through the bank of Yapola River and heads to Hinju via Penjila. From Hinju the trail slowly embarks onto the countryside passing through the Hinju valley followed by a steep climb to Konzke La at 4,950 meters before descending to Sumda. Thereafter, be prepared for some serious uphill and downhill trails till you arrive at Chilling via Dundunchenla. From Chilling, following the Zanskar river upstream, the trail winds to Shingo and thereafter it follows to Yurutse village en route Ganda La at 4,700 meters. After visiting the Rumbak Gompa the trail heads to the base of Stok Kangri over Stok La at 4,900 meters. Now, get ready for the last stretch to climb upto the summit. It takes approximately 10 hours to climb from the base camp. After the Stok Kangri summit expedition the downhill trek follows to Stok and then leads off at Leh
|Season||July – September|
Day 1: Arrival Delhi
Day 2: Delhi To Leh (3500 Mts/11480 Ft)(Complete Rest In Leh For Acclimatisation)
Day 3: Leh – Shey – Thiksey - Hemis
Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17’Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.
Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.
Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17’Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.