Friday 24th of October 2014



Stok Kangri summit trek


The Stok Kangri is the most glamorous trek in India. The glamour has one reason only: The trek takes you to India's highest trekable summit at 20,086 feet. Such formidable heights are the realms of mountaineering. Yet, the Stok Kangri, by no means easy, is trekable all the way to the summit. Which is why at the Stok Kangri base camp at 16,300 feet the site of a colourful ensemble of tents resembles a battlefield. Tents representing countries from across the globe are huddled in conference planning their strategies for the summit bid. Lunch is at 10.30 in the morning, dinner at 5.00 in the evening and the teams leave at midnight for the summit. The excitement at the Stok Kangri base camp is palpable and ...




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How difficult is Stok Kangri

The Stok Kangri trek is difficult and not so difficult at the same time. The difficult bits are:

  1. The final stretch of the Stok Kangri summit climb is on a ridge that starts on the southern side of the mountain and extends to the summit. It is almost 1,000 feet climb starting at about 19,000 feet. The ridge climb when the oxygen is so low that sheer exhaustion makes the climb difficult. The terrain does not pose much danger though.
  2. At 18,000 feet trekkers need to traverse a series of wide snow patches to get to the ridge discussed above. Looking down the steep flank of the mountain may look unnerving. Trekkers are usually on crampons on this section and may be on ropes too. This looks like mountaineering but it generally eliminates any risk of slipping. However, for a trekker who has never experienced high altitude trekking this can seem daunting.
  3. The trek over four days touches two high passes at 17,000 feet before descending to 16.300 feet at the StokKangri base camp. The trekking days are long and dry. For those not physically prepared, this can be exhausting.

The not so difficult things are:

  1. The terrain is not difficult at any time. Reaching the Stok Kangri base camp requires physically fitness, but the terrain does not pose much challenge. The climbs are even and so are the descents. There are no sections where it requires trekkers to get on their hands on foot to cross a difficult part.
  2. The summit climb to the Stok Kangri is long (over 12 hours) but straightforward. They do not require any technical skills or special equipment. Except for the short stretch of snow patch on the southern flank, where trekkers are on crampons, there is no special equipment required. The crampons are provided by Indiahikes.
  3. Though the trek climbs to 20,085 feet, the trek is not as cold as people think it to be. In July and August when the season is at its best, the days are warm and nights warmer than most Himalayan treks in Himachal or Uttarakhand.


Stok Kangri Trek Interview


Stok kangri Trek

This is an interview with Dr Hardik Pitroda, who trekked to Stok Kangri with Indiahikes in July 2012. Hardik is a Dermatologist by profession.

For me trekking is not just a hobby, it’s a never ending journey of self realisation; each trek gives me a chance to discover myself in a better and newer way. Ironically mountaineering and trekking are still in primitive stage in India, while our counterparts in the other parts of world are scaling new heights everyday.
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Stok Kangri - My first high altitude trek -Hemesh Tandel from August 2013 blogs

---And at around 6.15 AM I was at the top (20086ft) with full of satisfaction, joy and excitement  that finally I made it, after hard working for almost 2 months on physical preparation I could achieve this without any problem. I really don't have words to explain this feeling, it can only be experienced not to be explained.
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Trek Fees and batches

Stok Kangri Trek

Rs 17,950

per person (Leh to Leh, 9 days)

Note: Service Tax of 3.09 % applicable on Trek Fees

What the trek fee includes, excludes and cancellation charges

Trek Dates

12  to 21 July '14 (Full)
19 to 28 July '14 (Full)
26 to 04 Aug '14 (Closed)

02 to 11 Aug '14 (Full)
09 to 18 Aug'14 (Full)
15 to 24 Aug '14 (Full)

30 Aug to 8 Sep (Open)

13 Sep to 22 Sep'14 (Full)


*Find out who can trek at a concession

Central government employees can avail special casual leave for trekking the Stok Kangri trek, write to for the application kit..

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Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Leh and rest.

Day 2: Drive to Shang 12,000 ft. Acclimatization trek near by.

Day 3: Trek from Shang 12,000 ft to Shang Phu 14,250 ft

Day 4: Shang Phu 14,250 ft to Matho Doksa 14,500 ft , via Shang Phu La 16,750 ft

Day 5: Matho Doksa 14,500 ft to Gangpoche 14,550 ft via Matho La14,850 ft

Day 6: Gangpoche 14,550 ft to Stok Kangri Base Camp 16,300 ft

Day 7: Rest day at Stok Kangri Base camp 16,300 ft

Day 8: Stok Kangri Summit climb 20,080 ft and back to Stok Kangri Base camp (16,300 ft)

Day 9: Stok Kangri Base 16,300 ft to Stok village 11,800 ft and drive back to Leh.

Day 10: Buffer Day *

* Trekkers are advised to keep an extra buffer day for the Stok Kangri trek. The buffer day may be required if there is bad weather on the scheduled summit attempt day. If the buffer day is utilised then trekkers have to bear an additional cost of Rs 1900 towards the trek fee. This money will be collected only if the buffer day is required and to be paid to Indiahikes trek leaders on location.

In case the buffer day is not utilized on the trek, the stay and food at Leh for the extra day has to be paid by the trekkers.

5 days Vs 9 days trek

Stok Kangri: 5 day trek Vs 9 day longer trek

Lack of information often makes trekkers opt for a short 5 days quick burst trek to the Stok Kangri summit. This is potentially hazardous and needs to be avoided. Trekkers sometimes underestimate the altitude of the summit. At 20,086 feet, the Stok Kangri summit is 70% the height of the Everest. Most mountain summits in the world are below this height. Oxygen available at this altitude is so low that most climbers return to base without bagging the summit because their bodies are not properly acclimatized.

While Stok Kangri is trekable all the way to the summit, it is critically important for a trekker to acclimatize well before attempting the summit. That’s why a longer trek to the Stok Kangri base camp is necessary. The trek route starting from Shang village crossing over two passes at 17,000 feet before getting to the Stok Kangri base camp is the best way to acclimatize for the trek. The Indiahikes Stok Kangri trek follows the longer route to the base camp.

Another advantage of the longer route, often ignored, is the chance to see the entire topography spectacle of Ladakh. Trekkers get to see barren landscape, jagged ridges, desert meadows, multiple colored layers of mountains, deep canyons and streams with red water flowing through them like blood. This is not possible on the shorter routes.

After getting to the base camp, trekkers follow the same route to the summit. The Stok Kangri base camp is at 16,250 feet.

Trek Facts

Difficult. See link for details.

Trail type
9 days, long walks each day. Summit day is 14-16 hrs long.

Stok Kangri summit, 20,085 feet (6,120 mts).

Nearest City
Leh can be reached from Delhi by air. Leh is also accessible by road from Manali and Srinagar. Journey time by Sumo: 18 hrs – 20 hrs.

Base Camp
Shang, near Hemis.

Best Season
Mid July to Mid September. Oct and Nov are extremely cold but possible.

Temperature in July, Aug and Sept
Day: 15° to 30°C. Night: 10° to 15°C. Temp at highest camp, Stok Kangri base: Day 15°C to 25°C. Night: 7° to -2°C.

Usually dry. Could have cloud bursts in July Aug.

Reasonable snow on the Stok Kangri flank in July. Ridge could have snow as well. Gradually recedes by Aug.

Physical preparation mandatory. Prior high altitude trek experience required. See link for more details.

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