Stok Kangri

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)

Altitude 6153m, Grade 1A

Flying into Leh, the capital of Ladakh, the shapely peak of Stok Kangri is the most prominent and highest mountain visible.

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The region of Ladakh is a truly inspirational destination which was only opened to foreigners a few years ago. After a couple of days exploring the local Buddhist Gompas and hill top monasteries to acclimatise, we trek through the quiet Shang Valley to Smankarmo village en-route to Stok Kangri.

We leave Smankarmo for Stok Kangri’s base camp at 4900m, set amongst the aromatic shrubs and wild roses and you may see the agile native blue sheep or rare snow leopard camouflaged against the bare mountains. The ascent of Stok Kangri is technically straightforward and makes an ideal objective for a first Himalayan peak but will be challenging due to altitude.

An early morning start will see us across an impressive glacier before easy scrambling across rock and snow slopes leads to the final narrow ridge to an elegant summit. A clear day provides spectacular and far-reaching views across Ladakh and the Indus towards Tibet and the great mountains of the eastern Karakoram. This is a wonderfully varied trip where the people of Ladakh and their unique culture give a unique feel to a stunning trek and a 6000m mountain that can be completed in just 2 weeks.

Trip dossier

Stok Kangri

  • Estimated International flights from London (Flight inclusive package)
  • A British expedition team leader. Small groups may use a local leader.
  • Travel to and from UK airport (unless otherwise specified).
  • Internal flights
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition.
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb.
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies.
  • Communication equipment (each member on a Grade 3B or above are normally provided with a radio whilst on the mountain and the team is often supported with a Satellite Telephone and e-mail facilities on extended expeditions at Base Camp).
  • 90 – 120 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning clients
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchased from Adventure Peaks shop
  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights NOT booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified.
  • Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Tips for porters and local guides.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early.
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition early.
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances.
Day 1/2 Fly to Delhi
Day 3 Fly Delhi to Leh
Day 4 Final preparations and sightseeing in Leh
Day 5 Acclimatisation hike
Day 6 Trek to Shang Sumdo
Day 7 Trek to Shang Phu
Day 8 Trek to Gangpoche
Day 9 Trek to Smankarmo
Day 10 Trek to Base Camp
Day 11 Acclimatisation day
Day 12 Summit day
Day 13 Spare summit day
Day 14 Trek to Stok and drive back to Leh
Day 15 Fly to Delhi
Day 16 Return international flights

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1 review for Stok Kangri

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alan L

    Thank you for putting the Stok Kangri trek together. It all worked out as envisaged and went perfectly smoothly. We are full of admiration and thanks all round as it enabled us to succeed in our once in a lifetime challenge of scaling this mountain.

    The itinerary was accurate and gives a good account of what actually occurred on each day. It is worth remarking that the Trek 3 acclimatisation walks we did, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, were quite challenging as in sum we ascended and descended about 1,000m that day. We had some poor weather for Treks 2 to 5 in the form of rain/hail/sleet showers, cloudy skies and cold winds. But fortunately this cleared up on Trek 6 as we walked to Base Camp. Incidentally, the Mankarmo camp is actually at 4430m and not 4830m. This only matters inasmuch as Trek 6 is not quite as easy as it would appear as it is a 550m ascent to Base Camp, although it only took two hours and was in fact an easy day as advertised.

    Trek 7 was useful as we practised with crampons, ice axes and roping up on the glacier at Advanced Base Camp at 5300-5400m. “Trek 8” was the rest day which was a luxury that most other groups did not have but was quite useful for acclimatisation and getting some sleep.

    Trek 9 was summit day. As we were fast walkers, we set off at 0200 hrs and were the last group to set off that day by at least an hour. Most others set off at midnight. The key challenge for us, all quite lean with young children, was to stay warm, so with our guide, we walked much faster than other groups and did not stop very much. I reckon it was around -10 degrees in the dark and we learned that our bladder bags were not ideal as the drinking tubes froze solid if you did not drink every ten minutes or so to keep the water moving, but it was hard to drink while trying to walk quite fast uphill at high altitude! There was apparently a lot of snow this year compared to previous years, but our guide judged that snow conditions were good in that it was not too hard and icy and therefore we did not need to use crampons. We did of course rope up for the south ridge and enjoyed the rising sun in the fnal half hour approach to the summit. It was cold at the top and so we also pushed the pace on the way down to keep blood flowing through cold little toes (our nine year old daughter’s feet were too small to fit any proper four season boots and so we were constantly aware of the need to keep moving). Our Guide got it just right – he used our fitness to maintain warmth and we all returned successful from a very tough day with nothing more serious than exhaustion. Our cook (Damu) insisted on accompanying us for Summit Day to help look after the younger children and carry food – having supported treks for decades and been to BC at least 50 times, this was his first time to the summit – he didn’t need to do this but was totally committed to helping us. Meanwhile another of the staff was on the move to Advanced BC to meet us with hot tea and biscuits to help our final descent while the remaining third had prepared hot lemon for our return.

    Your local agent was excellent. The boss in Delhi spoke to me twice and was clearly motivated to help us as much as possible. He selected the best staff for us – I cannot speak highly enough of them. The food was astonishingly good and so was the general care around camp. The guide Andy (Nawang Dorje Shelipa) was absolutely brilliant and deserves a medal – he was perfect for us as a family and we already miss him. He was as excited as us that we made the summit even though it was his 42nd occasion – we were certainly the first family and (forgive the boasting) the fastest group he has guided to the summit. On return to Delhi, they provided a very nice, very chocolate heavy congratulatory cake – a nice touch and appreciated by us, while the boss called me full of enthusiasm that we had made the summit.

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Taj Mahal extension from £325 Extend your stay and visit Agra and the Taj Mahal (+ 1 or 2 days) from £325 per person. Please refer to the dossier for more information.
Stok Kangri single room supplement £150
Stok Kangri single tent supplement £50

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