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Stok kangri

Destinations: Ladakh
Trip Duration: 12 days
Best Time: June- Oct
Grade: Moderate/challenging
Stok kangri

Day by Day Details Itinerary

Day 01. Arrive inLeh
After an exciting  flight from  Delhi to Leh . We receive and transfer to hotel. Take complete rest for the day for acclimatization. Lunch in the hotel, in the evening take a walk around Leh market.

Day 02. Stok Palace/Shey/ Thiksey/ Hemis monastery/Leh
After breakfast leave by jeep to visit Stok royal Palace, the present home of royal family of Ladakh and you can visit the most beautiful royal musuen for ancient ornaments, jewelleries, Crown of the King and the queen.SHEY- The ancient capital of Ladakh,17th century copper gold gilted statue of historical Buddha.  THIKSEY, the  most beautiful Gelukpa monastery and huge famous Future Buddha- The Lord Maitreya and HEMIS, The Drukpa monasteries located in the deep gorge, dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 03. Sham Valley/Alchi/Rizdong/Lamayuru
Morning we drive to Uletikpo camp which is 70km from Leh will take 2 hrs on the way photo stop at Zanskar and Indus river confluence side and visit the Alchi monastery it is famous for the paintings built by the translator Rinchen zangpo, hot Lunch in Alchi after the lunch we drive to Ule camp, dinner and overnight in fixed camp.

Day04. Lamayuru/Rizdong/Leh
We drive to Lamayuru monastery which is the oldest monastery in Ladakh and famous for its landscape, more than 1000 years back the great Tibetan master Naropa had visited this place and meditate at this place  and you can visit the cave also, hot lunch in the monastery hotel and drive back to Leh on the way visit Rizdong monastery which is belong to Geluk pa sect and visit the nunnery, dinner and overnight in hotel in Leh.

Day 05 : Spituk to Zingchen 3700 m (4-5 hours)
Morning  drive to Spituk, Our walk begins along an old jeep road on very dry and exposed land, so water and protection against the sun are important! After 3 hours the landscape becomes greener as we go into the Zingchen Valley, where the Rumbak river flows into the Indus. Our camp is in the small village of Zingchen, which means 'big field', where there are just two houses. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the view and maybe even a dip in the river.

Overnight Tent

Day 06: Zingchen to Rumbak 3900 m (3-4 hours)
Today we enter Hemis National Park, home to the famous Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), great Tibetan sheep (Arghali), red fox, Tibetan wolf, wild dog (dhole), Lynx, marmot and mountain hare. We start to climb gradually up to village of Rumbak, through a beautiful gorge from which the Stok peaks come into view from time to time. Rumbak is known as a place to see and research on the magnificent Himalayan snow leopard.

Overngith Tent

Day 07 : Rumbak to Mancarmo 4200 m via Stok la 4900 m(5 -6 hrs)
The trail up to the base of Stok la (4900 m) starts fairly gradual but becomes steeper as we approach the pass. Views of the Indus valley and remarkable colorful rock formations of Stok la will diminish the hardship of the our climb. We descend along the mountainside up and down until we reach some stone houses, use by the Stok villagers for summer pasture. Our campsite at Mancarmo is also a first camp for the Stok Kangri approach. Overnight Tent

Day 08: Mancarmo 4200mt- Stok La base 4700mt
Today after the breakfast we will walk towars the base camp, which will take ¾ hrs after  half hrs walk  we get great views towards the Stok summit and the Stok Kangri and Goleb kangri and the Ladakh rage. Overnight Tent

Day 09: Acclimatization day at base camp
From base camp, we climb straight up the moraine, which stands immediately above our camp. This is tiring work first thing in the day but it soon eases to give a gentle descent and access to the glacier beyond. Depending on snow conditions we may put on crampons as soon as we walk onto the glacier. The surface of the glacier will probably be uneven and furrowed by melt water streams. There are a few, very small crevasses, which are crossed easily. At the top of the glacier the slope steepens as we climb up onto the south face where the camp is located on a promontory of rough ground at approximately 5,300m/17,400ft. Using this high camp also engenders a real 'expedition feel' and heightens the anticipation of the climb itself. Overnight Tent

Day 10: Summit day
Our route initially crosses scree and boulder slopes, and then leads to easy angled snow slopes, which require ice axe and crampons. The route is not difficult but at this altitude, it will be strenuous. From the summit of Stok Kangri (6116m), we should see as far as the Karakoram, the Pamirs and Tibet. If it's warm enough we'll rest and recover some energy on top before descending to base-camp. Overnight Tent

Day 11: Stok Kangri Base Camp - Leh (5 h walk to Stok)
All downhill and through wild gorge scenery. There should be time to visit Stok Palace and museum while we wait for our jeeps. Then an hour's drive across the Indus valley to the comforts of the guesthouse in Leh. Overnight Hotel

Day 12: Transfer to the air port

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