Stok Kangri

10 Nights / 11 Days

When should you go: 23 Jun - 02 July / 13 Aug - 23 Aug / 27 Aug - 06 Sep

The Stok Kangri dares you to conquer its 6000 metre peak. It is a trek to explore the magnificent grandeur of Ladakh, a moonscape terrain at times, spectacularly interspersed with colourful monasteries of Shey and Thiksey. First, take three days to acclimatize to the altitude and then set forth with a drive right up to Khardung La, the highest motorable pass in the world. From here, you have three days of trekking, ambling through Rumbak village and over the Stok La on the way to the Stok. As the summit beckons you mumble, "Stok, Stok, here I come."

Thank God the climb up is relatively straightforward and once on the summit ridge, you hike or slither across a glacier before daring the steep climb up the south ridge to the top. When you make it, finally, you breathe a sigh of rarefied relief, thump yourself on the back and then think of how to get back down will it be easy?


  1. Day 01: Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m)

    Fly from Delhi to Leh above the Himalayas enjoying the breathtaking views. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

  2. Day 02: In Leh (3500m)

    Visit the famous monasteries of Shey & Thiksey. Back to hotel for lunch. Overnight at hotel.

  3. Day 03: Leh – Khardung La (5570m) – Leh

    After breakfast, drive to Khardung La, the world’s highest motorable pass. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

  4. Day 04: Drive Leh to Zingchen (3385m), trek to Rumbak (3880m)

    Drive westwards from Leh, past the Leh airport, the Spituk Gompa, and cross the river Indus. The trek from Zingchen goes along the stream running through the narrow valley which suddenly opens up at Rumbak. Overnight Camp.

  5. Day 05: Trek Rumbak to Chorten Chang (4250m)

    It’s a steep climb up to the high pass of Stok La at 4900m. We walk a steep drop down to the Stok valley and camp at a small campsite called Chorten Chang. Overnight Camp.

  6. Day 06: Trek Chorten Chang to Stok Kangri Base Camp (4975m)

    We are now on the trail connecting the Stok village to the base camp. The base camp is a short walk from here but we do gain a substantial altitude. Overnight Camp.

  7. Day 07: Rest at the base camp

    Take rest at the base camp which also houses one of the biggest & best stocked parchute cafés in Ladakh. Overnight Camp.

  8. Day 08-09: Climb Stok Kangri (6150m) and back to Base camp

    Two days in reserve for the climb which would allow for contingencies due to bad weather. Fluttering with prayer flags the summit rewards with wide open views, the Karakoram range & Ladakh range on the north, the Zanskar range on the west and a bird’s eye view of the Indus valley and the Leh city. Later descend to base camp. Overnight Camp.

  9. Day 10: Trek to Stok village and drive to Leh

    Leave Stok valley at Stok village and then drive for another 1hour to Leh. Overnight at hotel.

  10. Day 11: Onward flight from Leh

    Transfer to the Leh airport.

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