Stok Kangri Trek

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The closure of Stok Kangri began in 2020 to protect the glacier that supplies water to Stok village. Presently, it remains uncertain whether the mountain peak will resume operations.

Stok Kangri Trek

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Stok Kangri’s peak is one of the world’s highest; its highest peak is at an elevation of 20,100 feet. It can be considered the crown jewel of India; the trek is challenging. The enthralling rise offers a panoramic view of the Karakoram and Zanskar ranges. While trekking towards the Stok Kangri peak, the trekker sees Zanskar and the Indus Valley. The landscape looks fantastic as it looks uninhabited, and the trail is filled with plenty of ridges. As the trek begins, you will be enthralled by the magnificent views of Leh, which is a perfect combination of natural aesthetics with cultural beauty till Stock Village, along with natural majestic views of dark green trees. You will also see beautiful glaciers and some steep slopes on this trek. Trekkers can also visit colourful monasteries and their extravagant natural beauty. The mountains in these parts change colour from organic brown to shimmering coral or iridescent purple depending on the sun’s light falling on the hills.

Trek Route

Day 1: Arrive in Leh

Day 2: Rest Day at Leh

Day 3: Leh to Stok Village by Road, Stok Village to Chang Ma by Trek

Day 4: Chang Ma to Mankorma by Trek

Day 5: Mankorma to Stok Kangri Base Camp by Trek

Day 6: Rest Day at Stok Kangri Base Camp

Day 7: Stock Kangri Base Camp to Summit and then back to Base Camp by Trek

Day 8: Stok Kangri Base Camp to Stok Village by Trek, Stok Village to Leh by Road

Day 9: Departure from Leh

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Preetam | Founder & C.E.O

Preetam Singh Rawat

Preetam Singh Rawat

The founder of this trekking organisation and have almost 12 years of experience in mountain guiding with 6000-7000 meters peaks scaled by him.

Not only this, but the founder have also guided over 200 Himalayan treks like Bali Pass, Buran Ghati, Rupin Pass, Pin Bhabha, Stok Kangri, Black Peak several times.

Why You Should Do Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek is considered one of the most challenging treks in the Indian Himalayas, with picturesque views of the spellbound, untouched, and unparalleled beauty of nature. During the trek, you will pass through several remote villages and interact with the local people, gaining insight into their customs, traditions, and way of life.

1. View of some of the majestic peaks on this trek.

You would be enthralled by the view of K2, Karakoram Range, Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri, and Saser Kangri. Snow-covered peaks canvasing across the sky are just picture-perfect sights for enthusiastic trekkers.

2. Explore the culture and traditions of Ladakh.

There are many ancient monasteries and temples that you can visit, like Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Khardung La, Magnetic Hill, Spituk Monastery, Chemrey Monastery, Shey Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, and various other places.

3. Catch the sight of natural wildlife found in the area.

While trekking, you would pass through Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary, the highest sanctuary in the world, which is also believed to be the home of mighty and rare Snow Leopards.

4. Snow blanket trail on this trek.

On this trek, you can witness glaciers, verglas (thin layer of ice), and moraine, making the trek a little challenging.

Route Map, Temprature And Rain Fall Charts

Best Time to Do Stok Kangri Trek

The best time to do the Stok Kangri trek is between May and mid-October. In comparison, the monsoon season in July and August is ideal. There is a slight chill in the weather during the winter, whereas it remains pleasant during the summer. In these months, the average temperature remains 15 to 25 degrees Celsius during the day and 6 to 10 degrees Celsius at night. You would also get to witness snow-covered mountain ranges in the mighty Himalayas.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary of Stok Kangri Trek

Day 1: Arrive in Leh

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the guest house/ hotel.
  • Meal – Dinner
  • Altitude – Leh (11,560 ft / 3520 meters)
  • Trek Grade – by road

This day marks the first day of your journey when you arrive in Leh, and there are many transport facilities by which you can come, like bus, train, flight, or by one’s vehicle. As you would be coming from low to high altitude, the trekker would need to adjust to such a high altitude. You could use this day to explore the nearby places and learn about the culture & traditions. Upon your arrival, you will be met by a Trekup India representative who will drop you off at your guesthouse or hotel.

Day 2: Rest Day at Leh

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the guest house/ hotel.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude – Leh (11,560 ft / 3520 meters)

This day would be used to rest and get your body acclimatized, and your body needs to adjust to the lower temperature and less oxygen at higher altitudes. Mobile network facilities are available in Leh; also, you could take this day to visit the beautiful sights Leh has to offer, like temples, monasteries, palaces, and various others. After exploring all the places during the day, you will return to the guest house or hotel to rest for the night.

Day 3: Leh to Stok Village by Road, Stok Village to Chang Ma by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – Leh to Stok Village by Road (13 km), Stok Village to Chang Ma by Trek (5 km)
  • Time Taken – Leh to Stok Village by Road (approx. 30 min), Stok Village to Chang Ma by Trek (approx. 4 hrs)
  • Altitude – Leh (11,560 ft / 3520 meters), Stok Village (11,800 ft / 3597 meters), Chang Ma (12,890 ft / 3929 meters)
  • Altitude Difference – Leh to Stok Village (240 ft / 77 meters), Stok Village to Chang Ma (1090 ft / 332 meters)
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

Today’s journey would begin with a short drive and trekking in the second half. After the warm breakfast, you will prepare for the day’s excursion. You would be driving through the deserted mountains, enjoying the scenic vistas of the Rocky Mountains. From Stok Village, you would begin your trek, which is not difficult, but as this is the first day of your trek, it will be a little challenging. You would walk through dirt trails with less vegetation and small streams. It is a short trek, after which we would reach the campsite at Chang Ma, where we would rest for the night.

Day 4: Chang Ma to Mankorma by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 4 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 3 hrs
  • Altitude – Chang Ma (12,890 ft / 3929 meters), Mankorma (14,250 ft / 4343 meters)
  • Altitude Difference – 1360 ft / 414 meter
  • Trek Grade – Gradual

The second day of the trek would begin by walking up in the morning with a cold breeze. Today, the hike will be easy; you will cross a few streams. On today’s trek, you will be mesmerized by the natural beauty of Ladakh. The trail would lead through the barren gray landscape and sneak through some streams. The trekker would finally reach our campsite in Mankorma, where the trekker would be sleeping under the starry sky.

Day 5: Mankorma to Stok Kangri Base Camp by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 4 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 4 hrs
  • Altitude – Mankorma (14,250 ft / 4343 mtr), Stok Kangri Base Camp (16,300 ft / 4968 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – 2050 ft / 625 meter
  • Trek Grade – Moderate to Difficult

Today’s trek will be tricky, as the trekker will be coming close to Stok Kangri. The trail would be through green grass meadows and a few water bodies, and also be seeing Gulap Kangri and Parcha Kangri along with others. As you reach the base camp, you might experience difficulty breathing due to a lack of oxygen and high altitude, for which you need to get your body acclimatized. The trekker would also experience a chill in the air, for which the trekker must carry warm clothes. The trekker would also get to see the beautiful lake along with freezing weather and the picture-perfect views of the snow-capped mountains. After walking through the rugged terrain, you would finally reach Stok Kangri Base Camp.

Day 6: Rest Day at Stok Kangri Base Camp

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude – Stok Kangri Base Camp (16,300 ft / 4968 meters)

The trekkers will be using this day to prepare for the next summit. The Trekup India team will brief you on the use of technical equipment. As the trail passes through the snow fields, you can use this day to adjust your body to adapt to the trek ahead. Our Trekup India trek leader would take you on short treks, getting you accustomed to high altitude and so tired that you would have a good night’s sleep. You would also be guided on how to walk past the challenges faced on the snow-covered trail. Once the day ends, you will return to your campsite where you will be welcomed by a delicious dinner and sleep well at night.

Day 7: Stock Kangri Base Camp to Summit and then back to Base Camp by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 7 km from Base Camp to Summit
  • Time Taken – approx. 13 hrs
  • Altitude – Stok Kangri Base Camp (16,300 ft / 4968 meters), Stok Kangri Summit (20,100 ft / 6126 meters)
  • Altitude Difference – 3800 ft / 1158 meter
  • Trek Grade – Moderate to Difficult

This day marks the primary day of the trek, where the trekker will climb the summit; today’s trek will be tricky. The trekker would be walking past glaciers and climbing a steep ascent, giving trekkers a 360-degree view of the area. The trekker would see the Karakoram ranges in the north touching the sky and the Zanskar ranges in the south. You would pass a few glaciers along the way and other ample opportunities that the Indian Himalayas offer. Also, on a clear day, the trekker could catch the sight of K2. On this trek, the trekker would pass through scenic, beautiful, high-altitude deserts. After spending some time on the top and enjoying the picturesque views, you would start descending towards the base camp, where you would rest for the night.

Day 8: Stok Kangri Base Camp to Stok Village by Trek, Stok Village to Leh by Road

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the guest house/ hotel.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – Stok Kangri Base Camp to Stok Village by Trek (13 km), Stok Village to Leh by Road (15 km)
  • Time Taken – Stok Kangri Base Camp to Stok Village by Trek (approx. 6 hrs), Stok Village to Leh by Road (approx. 30 min)
  • Altitude – Stok Kangri Base Camp (16,300 ft / 4968 meters), Stok Village (11,800 ft / 3597 meters), Leh (11,560 ft / 3520 meters),
  • Altitude Difference – Stok Kangri Base Camp to Stok Village (4500 ft / 1371 meters), Stok Village to Leh (240 ft / 77 meters)
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

On the last day of your trek, you will enjoy the scenic, beautiful views of the snow-clad mountains. You will begin your journey for the day by starting the descent from Stok Kangri Base Camp towards Stok Village. The downhill climb would be challenging, and the trekker should be extra careful while climbing the rough terrain. After reaching Stok Village, the trekkers would begin a short drive to Leh. Once you reach Leh, you will sleep at the guest house or hotel.

Day 9: Departure from Leh

  • Meal – Breakfast
  • Altitude – Leh (11,560 ft / 3520 meters)

Trekkers would leave Leh by their means the next day and return to their respective places. Many transport facilities like cars, buses, trains, or flights exist. The Trekup India Team will bid them farewell at the hotel, and then they will begin their journey home. They could also spend another day exploring Leh and Ladakh alone.

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Food Provided by Us During Trek

We provide only Indian vegetarian food and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.

After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.

The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya,  Corn flakes, Maggie, along with tea or coffee.

In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea about the food provided by us on trek, you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers trek with us again and again because of the food we provide. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.

Safety During Stok Kangri Trek

Trekking with us for Stok Kangri Trek is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional. For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.

Know About Us:- You need to know that our company Trekup India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.

We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand, Kashmir, Sikkim and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.

We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain

Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.

Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.

For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority

At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.

We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks . Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.

Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.

How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us

Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers. For walking on snow, Trekpp India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks. In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at TrekupIndia introduced radio.

Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.

Explore our New Safety Protocols

In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers. 

Our On-trek safety checks includes:

  • Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
  • Stretchers team appointed on every trek
  • Radios
  • Trained mountain staff and full safety
  • Additional oxygen cylinders
  • Special medical kit for high altitude treks
  • Microspikes on all types of snow treks
  • Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
  • Technical team on all snowy slopes

What should you pack for the Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek is an high altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus read this whole segment.

There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below we have provided the details on everything you should carry; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

  1. Head Lamps – If there are treks which you might do at night and even when camping for the night. Headlamps help a lot.
  2. Hats or Cap – Beanie Cap will protect you from winds and sometimes freezing temperatures for the night. Hats protect you from the sun during the day and also ensure they have a strap so the hat doesn’t blow from the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – if you want to carry sunglasses, you will need specific sunglasses for trekking. The glasses should protect from UV rays, fit your face perfectly so it doesn’t fall while you climb, jump, or cross an obstacle, and be according to the weather conditions of the place; the glass should be made to fit different weather conditions.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – You must carry this to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep it warm.
  5. T-shirt / Long sleeve shirt – you should carry at least 4 to 5 T–shirts, so if one gets wet or dirty, you can wear another. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays.
  6. Hiking / Trekking Jacket – down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or three-layer jackets.
  7. Thermals – at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  8. Undergarments – you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  9. Gloves – 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  10. Shorts / Legging / Pants – Bring 3 to 4 warm, comfortable shorts. Leggings can be used specifically in the chilling morning and evening to keep your body warm and act as dry. You can carry some nylon blend and light and quick-drying pants. Warm covers ups like fleece-lined tracksuit pants or ski pants.
  11. Socks – you should at least carry 3 to 4 pairs.
  12. Footwear – Trekking shoes which are waterproof and have ankle support. Walking / Hiking sandals which can be used off the trek, i.e., in the morning and evening hours, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometimes used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safer than crossing barefoot or wetting your boots. Sneakers (Optional) can be worn for normal driving days or used around the camp.
  13. Rain Wears – you can carry a raincoat, rain jacket, and pants. During long rains, the waterproof jackets start leaking, but the poncho does get work in keeping you dry, so choose accordingly. Rain covers, small waterproof to cover your backpack and a daypack for your gadgets.
  14. Backpack – Make sure your backpack should be comfortable, neither too big nor too small, and for a week’s trek, 60-70 litres of the backpack should be enough to hold all your belongings. Ensure your backpack has good hip & Shoulder support, and pockets should be accessible quickly.
  15. Daypack – All trekkers should keep in mind that a daypack is very important; this will be a great help to you while on the trek, also every single day, you won’t be carrying your backpack; therefore, for day excursions, shorter hikers, sightseeing, you can carry your stuff in it.


Personal First Aid Kit

Below are some common medicines generally required/used during your adventure trip; however, please consult your doctors prior.

  • Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
  • Butterfly bandage for a small cut
  • Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
  • Latex gloves are used when the wound bleeds.
  • Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
  • Medicine for cold, flue/fever headache
  • Some pain killers
  • ORS pouches
  • Quick pain relief spray (External use)
  • Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor
  • Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
  • Bug Repellent
  • Carry some nutria/energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)
  • Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.

Gadgets and Other Items

  • Trekking Poles
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for phone and camera, power bank
  • Light weight flashlight or headlight
  • Waterproof bag made up of plastic for the camera.
  • Music system / Bluetooth
  • Plug/converter for electrical items
  • 1-litre water bottle
  • A journal with a pen would be a good idea to keep your notes.
  • Some book of your interest for the ideal time
  • Get into the habit of keeping a Map and guidebook of the region.

Hygiene & Personal toiletry

  • Sunscreen with UV protection
  • 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels
  • Toilet paper/tissues/wet wipes
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/ mouth freshener
  • Deodorant / Talcum powder
  • Shampoo
  • Lip-gloss/salve
  • Sanitary pads/tampons (For female travellers)
  • Bio gradable Soap
  • Nail clipper
  • Your other personal items that you use daily.

Compulsory Documents to Carry

These files must be submitted to the Forest Department before your trek. With none of these, you will not be permitted to trek. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Ids like Aadhaar, voter id, etc.

Trek Cost Exclusion

  • Stay 6 Nights in tented accommodation at respective campsites of Trekup India on a sharing basis and three days in a hotel or guest house.
  • Meals: Trekup India provided cooked meals during the trek, starting with Dinner on Day 01 to Breakfast on day 9 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian and non-repeated meals)
  • Transport: Leh to Stok Village and Stok Village to Leh by road.  

Trek Equipment’s: 

  • Sleeping bags, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, and Toilet Tents.
  • Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  • Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  • Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support team.
  • Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusion

  • GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  • Any insurance (Trekup India recommends each trekker get insurance) 
  • Any Meals/accommodation besides the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  • Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  • Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  • Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
  • Any still / video camera fee 
  • Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  • Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 500 per day, per bag. Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  • Any emergency evacuation charges
  • Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

How To Reach Leh?

By Air

Kushok Bakula Rimpoche Airport is the nearest airport to Leh by flight and is located almost 3.8 km away from the city. You can find regular flights from Delhi, Shimla and Srinagar. However, if you plan to reach Leh by flight, it is better to come one day in advance.

By Train

If you want to reach Leh from Delhi by train, you can catch the train from New Delhi railway station to Leh railway station. You can check the railway chart and book accordingly, and it’s better to book in advance. 

By Bus

From Delhi, you can find a regular bus service to Leh. ISBT Kashmere Gate is the central bus station in Delhi, from where you will find both AC and non-AC buses for Leh. You can take two different routes: Delhi, Manali, and Himachal Pradesh, or another, Srinagar, Kargil, and Jammu & Kashmir.

However, taking government buses from Kashmere Gate ISBT is always better. The bus will drop you at Leh, and then we will send our staff to pick you up from Leh Bus Stand, so you need to reach there.


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