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Stok Kangari


At 6,121m Stok Kangri is clearly visible from Leh, the ancient capital of Ladakh in Northern India. It was the first mountain that we organised an expedition to, in 1988. Since then, aspiring mountaineers have joined us every year to climb it as it remains a brilliant introduction to high-altitude mountaineering. If you are a keen walker or trekker and have used an ice axe and crampons, you could well attempt Stok Kangri as a first Himalayan peak.

You fly from Delhi to Leh and spend two days acclimatising and visiting hill top monasteries, before completing a four-day acclimatisation trek through the quiet Shang Valley to Smankarmo. During the trek you cross many spurs and minor passes, with views northwards towards the Indus Valley, until you reach a high point of 4,960m on the Shang La. Along the way there is plenty of wildlife and it's common to meet shepherds grazing their livestock in the summer pastures. From Smankarmo you walk to base camp and have a rest day and then a further acclimatisation walk to 5,400m before going for the summit. On summit day you cross a glacier and scree to reach the sharp south ridge, which leads in a superbly exposed position to the narrow summit. On a clear day you can see as far as the mighty Karakoram and K2, 220Km to the north west.

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  • Outline Itinerary

    Day 01: Fly to Leh, the capital of Ladakh (3,524m)(Overnight hotel.)

    Day 2 Acclatamization & Exploring the city of Leh (3,350m)


    Day 3 : Trek to Manokarmo (4,365m)


    Day 4: Trek to Stok Kangri base camp (4,980m)


    A two hour trek takes you up to the base camp area for Stok Kangri. Overnight camp.


    Day 5: Acclimatisation walk to 5,400m


    You spend today walking up towards what used to be Advanced Base Camp (camping here is no longer allowed) before returning to base camp. The walk is on moraine to the edge of the glacier.


    Day 6: Rest day and time for final preparations


    Day 7: Summit day


    Summit day begins well before dawn, to give you ample time for the climb. The nature of the route depends on the snow cover. It is likely that you do not need crampons for the most part as you scramble over scree and boulders, which lead up to the south ridge. The 450m ridge to the summit is exciting and superbly exposed, although never particularly steep. Most of the ridge is like a steep path, so ropes are not usually necessary, although some scrambling is required. The summit is festooned with prayer flags and after enjoying the views, you descend to base camp for the night. This is normally a 12 - 14 hour day.


    Day 8: Trek to Stok from base camp


    From base camp you trek directly down the valley towards the village of Stok. This is a delightful walk through a dramatic canyon with amazing red sandstone formations (6 hours). Your transport meets you to take you back to Leh. Overnight hotel.


    Day 9: Fly Leh to Delhi (Overnight hotel.)


    IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns, landslides, river crossings, the availability of horses and the health of climbers can all contribute to changes. The Expedition Leader and our local agent will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!