Climb Stok Kangri with རི Ri Guides

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We are taking bookings for the climb in 2019 and following years.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is suitable for people with basic mountaineering skills at a very good fitness level, wanting a high altitude mountaineering adventure.

Stok Kangri is one of the most climbed 6000m+ mountain in Ladakh (part of the Indian Himalayas).

It is fairly considered as a trekking peak and is the easiest approachable mountain from Leh town. Climbing Stok Kangri involves scrambling up on screes and loose rocks, with some snow during the summer climbing season. But we will be climbing the peak way before the mountain starts pulling in a lot of crowd. Due to the easy nature of the climbing and the easy accessibility, it can get a bit crowded sometimes in the Base Camp during the peak climbing season which falls in the month of July and August.

Dates 2019:  10 June - 20 June. It will be less crowded at this time with most probably good amount of snow on the peak. Contact us

The best climbing time is June to mid October.

Duration:

11 days total, 7 days of trekking and climbing

Accommodation:

Twin share home stay or hotel and camping while on trek

Snapshot itinerary:

Day 01: Meet in Leh

Day 02: Leh

Day 03: Leh

Day 04: Drive Matho village + Trek Chumik camp

Day 05: Trek Gangpoche

Day 06: Trek Zuldres Camp via Matho La

Day 07: Trek Stok Kangri Base Camp

Day 08: Climb Stok Kangri

Day 09: Base camp

Day 10: Trek Stok Village and drive to Leh

Day 11: Leh - Delhi

Detailed Itinerary:
Day 01 - Leh (3,500m / 11,482ft)

Welcome to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, a large town tucked far in between the great mountain ranges of the Himalayas and East Karakoram and part of the great Trans Himalayan range. Your early morning 75 minute flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, over the Himalayas will be one of the most picturesque flights you’ll ever experience. If you sit on the left side of the plane, you will see Nun (7,135m / 23,409ft) and Kun (7,077m / 23,219ft), the two highest mountains in Ladakh. On the Northern horizon you will see K2 (8,611m / 28,251ft), the world's second highest peak, and other 8000m peaks of the Karakoram Range.

We will greet you at Leh airport and drive you to your hotel or home stay. The rest of the day depends on your jet lag and acclimatization to Leh’s high altitude. We can take an evening stroll in the old Leh town with narrow alleys with muslim bakeries, Tibetan monasteries, Tibetan and Kashmiri antique shops, and a bustling Main Bazaar.

Day 02 + 03 - Leh

Today is another rest day for you to get acclimatised and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, the bustling Main Bazaar and explore the 17th century Leh Palace built by the King Singge Namgyal with Namgyal Tsemo Gompa perched on the top. Leh town which is a bustling scene during the summer season and is packed with Kashmiri and Tibetan antique shops, many restaurants and cafes, muslim bakeries tucked behind the picturesque mosque in narrow alleys, and Ladakhi women selling vegetables and fruits and the people from Da Hanu selling their dried fruits and nuts at the end in the Main Bazaar.

Ladakh was once an integral part of Western Tibet and a major trading hub along the Silk Route. Caravans of merchants from far-flung areas such as Tibet, Yarkand, Kashgar, Northern lower India passed through Leh trading salts, wool, pashmina, spices, tea and semi-precious stones, everyone leaving a mark on this unique ancient capital.

We can also go for a walk up to the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa which overlooks the panoramic view of Leh and Leh Palace. We can visit the museum, and the nearby gompas (tibetan buddhist monasteries). The architecture of Leh Place resembles that of the Great Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It will be great to walk the streets of changspa and climb up the many steps which leads us to the Japanese built Shanti Stupa to get a great view of the surrounding villages filled with green fields, willows and poplar trees and white washed Ladakhi houses. The precariously perched Leh Palace and Tsemo Gompa is on the eastern flank.

You can get view as far as to the Indus River and beyond that of the Stok range. Walking down we can visit the Sankar Gompa (17th - 18th century) which is the summer palace of Bakula Rinpoche (highly incarnated lama). This is tucked in between the Sankar village, amidst the groves of willow and poplar trees.

Optional monestary tour:

We can go for a days excursion in a jeep to some of the Tibetan Buddhist Gompas (monasteries) driving past by the fertile Indus Valley and the River, and going past the ancient ruins of fortresses and palaces and traditional villages.

Monasteries towards east: Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Stakna, Matho and Stok.
Monasteries towards west: Phyang, Basgo, Likir, Alchi, Ridzong and Lamayuru.
Day 04 - Drive Matho village and trek to Chumik Camp (3,780m / 12,401ft, 1 hour drive, 2 hour walk)

After a good breakfast we will drive to the start of the trek at Matho village. Once we reach and cross Matho village we will meet our horseman and the team. It is time to start trekking….

Following the small stream upwards into the valley, its quite a short walk keeping in mind the acclimatisation process. We will walk in a dry valley with rugged colorful mountains on both the side. We will set up the first camp of the trek by first settling you into your tents. Then we will show you our ‘Ri Guides’ style dining and kitchen tent setup. Trust me, there is no roughing it!

Day 05 - Trek Gangpoche (4380m / 14,370ft, 4-5 hours)

We will start trekking early today, as we will have to cross the stream few times. As the day progresses the water gets bigger because of the snow melting up on source of the glaciers and mountains. We will zigzag our way up the vallet, which will get narrower at times with interesting bushes, loose rock paths and streams. There is a bit of a climb at the end approaching our camp. Our camp is a beautiful wide grassy land - you may see animals enjoying the pasture and their herders. You can get a view of some of the snowy peaks nearby. Enjoy the beauty of the camp. (4-5 hrs)

Day 06 - Trek Zuldres Camp via Matho La (4,960m / 16,272ft, 4-5 hours)

We will gradually walk up with the view of Matho La right in front of us crossing two small streams. The walk up to Matho La is steady and gradual. Once we are on Matho La we can get views of the sorrounding mountain peaks and our next objective Stok Kangri. Getting down from the pass will be steep for the first part then gradual descent amidst the colourful mountains surrounding us. Enjoy the camp next to a small stream.

Day 07 - Trek Stok Kangri Base Camp (4,980m / 16,338ft, 4-5 hours)

We will climb up to the hill just next to our campsite. At the top, we will get great view of the trail coming up towards base camp from Stok village. From here it's a gradual walk until we join the trail coming up from Mankarmo. There is a gradual climb from here until the camp. There is a chance of seeing wild mountain goats (Bharals or Blue Sheeps)

Day 08 - 09 - Rest day + Climb Stok Kangri (6,121m / 20,077ft, 10+ hours)

Today is a rest day. You can relax and prepare yourself for the climb after midnight. In the evening we will go for a walk up to a ridge or the Advance Camp next to the Glacier.

The climb starts with walking up to a ridge just after the base camp. From here it is a gradual walk until the advance base camp. We will reach the glacier from here and the climb will start after crossing it. The climb includes scrambling up in snow, ice and loose rocks until we reach the ridge. From the ridge, it's all scrambling up in rocks and scree until the summit. You get a great view of the adjacent peaks, the giants of the Karakoram on a clear day. Decent back to base camp and a good rest is due.

Day 10 - Trek to Stok village and drive to Leh

We decent down the Stok Valley crossing Mankarmo camp and Lchangma on the way.

Day 11 - Leh - Delhi

Fly back from Leh and onwards to your destination.

Inclusions:

Experienced and professionally certified local guide who has summited Stok Kangri multiple times

Experienced guide for the monasteries, Ladakhi culture tour

All accommodation in Leh with breakfast

Camping accommodation during trekking

All camping equipment including sleeping tent, foam mattress, mess tent, dining tent and toilet tent

All meals and drinks during trekking

High quality food serviced  by an experienced cook and attendants during the trek

Service of horse/mule drivers and horses or mules

All monastery entrance fees, entry fee into Hemis National Park and camping fees

Pick up from Leh Airport and return to Leh Airport.

Exclusions:

Flights – please ask us if you need help with arranging your flights

Medical and evacuation insurance

Personal climbing and trekking gear

Lunch and dinner in Leh (breakfast is included with accommodation)

Laundry services

Other services not mentioned in the package

Tipping our crew.

Please note: This itinerary is approximate. Clients are embarking on adventure travel in a remote mountain region and the itinerary is subject to weather, road conditions, vehicles and local availability of horses or mules. Ri Guides will make every effort to see that clients acclimatize completely, and complete and enjoy their trip.

Please read RiGuidesTermsandConditionsandLegal. Prices are in US dollars and are subject to change.

Price: US$1340 p/p (minimun 2 Pax)

Hotel Single Supplement: Additional $100.

Tips and Extra Cash: Allow approximately $200 - $300 for meals (while not on trek), drinks (on trek) and cash for tips

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