Stok Kangri - Expedition


This spectacular mountain standing out on the southern skyline of Leh is one of the most sought after peaks for enthusiastic climbers. This challenging trek traverses the Ladakh mountain on a little used route high above the Indus Valley, and offers a chance to ascend Stok Kangri, a 6141m peak.

Itinerary summary

Day 1: Arrive at Leh and rest that day

Day 2: Leh Sightseeing and acclimatisation

Day 3: Leh to Shang, acclimatisation trek

Day 4: Shang to Shang Phu (trek Starts)

Day 5: Shang Phu to Matho Doksa via Shang La

Day 6: Matho Doksa to Gangpoche via Matho La

Day 7: Gangpoche to Stok Kangri Base Camp

Day 8: Summit Stok Kangri and back to base

Day 9: Stok Kangri Base to Stok Village, drive to Leh

Day 10: Buffer Day*

  • Trekking in the famous Stok Range in the Shang valley.
  • Summit Stok Kangri- 6141m
  • Fully supported camping based trekking with 3 hearty meals per day on trek
  • Spectacular views of the Ladakh Range
  • High Passes- Shang La and Matho La
  • Day 1
    Arrive at Leh and rest that day
  • Day 2
    Leh Sightseeing and acclimatisation

    Meet in the morning and leave on a sightseeing tour of Leh. This is a relatively easy day, thus also helps you to acclimatise further. Sights covered would be- Spituk Gompa, Leh Palace, Stok Palace, Shey and Thiksey Monastery.

  • Day 3
    Leh to Shang, acclimatisation trek

    Drive to Shang. Set camp and go for an acclimatisation trek.

  • Day 4
    Shang to Shang Phu (trek Starts)

    The six hour trek is a gentle ascent all along. The trail is well paved for the first hour and a half. Continue on the stony stream bed and finally an ascent over the meadows to reach Shang Phu. We camp just above the ‘doksa’ of the Shang village. We can also go and visit some of the village family who are staying here with the village’s livestock.

  • Day 5
    Shang Phu to Matho Doksa via Shang La

    A steady ascent over surprisingly green flowery meadows. The rail climbs steadily till Shangla la and then follows a quick descent. The last hour is a gentle walk down to the camp site.

  • Day 6
    Matho Doksa to Gangpoche via Matho La

    Another day of steady ascent to the Matho La pass. After the pass is a descent and mild ascent again to Gangpoche.

  • Day 7
    Gangpoche to Stok Kangri Base Camp

    The next three days are devoted to our ascent of Stok Kangri. From Gangpoche the trail ascends the valley easily. It is a half day walk to base camp and as we ascend the valley, Stok Kangri can clearly be seen ahead of us. There will probably we a couple of river crossings today. We will reach our base camp by lunch time and the afternoon is spent resting and preparing for the climb.

  • Day 8
    Summit Stok Kangri and back to base

    The summit day is long and hard. After a very early start in the dark (2am), we cross a glacier to the foot of the climb. Although not technical, the route to the summit is very steep and usually involves the use of ice axe and crampons. For safety we will also carry a rope and we usually rope up along the ridge and sometimes before. The summit route is steep and is along an exposed ridge for some of the time, with some scrambling on loose (sometimes ice) rock. The altitude will be the greatest difficulty, though. From the summit the views are amazing. Miniscule Leh can be seen in the distance, ad all around us the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya, the Karakoram and the Ladakh Range reach to the horizon. We spend a short while at the top to savour the beauty of it all and regain our breath before descending slowly and carefully back to Base Camp.

  • Day 9
    Stok Kangri Base to Stok Village, drive to Leh

    An easy but one of the most spectacular walk down the valley of Stok. As we descend layer upon layer of multi-coloured rocks surround us. The trail finally emerges from this amazing gorge and the valley widens as we approach Stok village where our transport will meet us for the short drive back to Leh. We return to Leh by early afternoon for a welcome hot shower and a well-deserved celebration.

  • Day 10
    Buffer Day*

    *Trekkers are advised to keep an extra buffer day for the Stok Kangri trek. The buffet 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. Towards the trek fee. This money will be collected only if the buffer day is required and to be paid to Himalayan Challenges trek leader on location.

  • Stok Kangri

    This spectacular mountain standing out on the southern skyline of Leh is one of the most sought after peaks for enthusiastic climbers. This challenging trek traverses the Ladakh mountain on a little used route high above the Indus Valley, and offers a chance to ascend Stok Kangri, a 6141m peak. Numerous successful attempts on this high peak have made this popular destination for both experienced trekkers and amateur mountaineers. Although the ascent is very safe and technically straightforward, the climb is still challenging which includes crossing high passes, boulder terrain, scree slopes and steep snow slopes. This is a wonderfully varied trip, perfectly suited to someone seeking his or her first Himalayan summit.

    June to September

    Duration: 9/10 days

    Difficulty Level: Moderate/ Sustained

  • Included:

    • Meals: As mentioned in the itinerary
    • Expert guide
    • Group Medical kit
    • Gear Package for use during the trip including kit bag, sleeping bag, and mattress.
    • Private transportation to start of trek and back to Manali.
    • All park entrances and permits
    • Mules to carry all personal and group baggage.


    • Aerated and alcoholic drinks on trek
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Items of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
    • Tips
    • Airport Transfers and Flight
    • Travel Insurance

    You will be woken up with a cup of tea brought to your tent at around 6:00 am followed by a small bowl of warm water for washing. Then, before breakfast, you will pack up all you gear. Pack your sleeping bag and mat into their respective stuff sack and ensure that your tent is free of rubbish and ready for the next camp. Your duffle bag will then be taken and tied up with other gear into the load, which will be packed on the waiting pack horses. Of course any help you offer when setting and breaking camp, when there are many tasks is always welcome. We are usually on the trail by 7:30- 8:00am. We may have lunch en route or we can aim to be in camp. Once we have reached camp and the kitchen is set up, alight snacks is prepared, leaving us with the rest of the afternoon free to explore the nearby villages or undertake a side option. Dinner is served around 7:00 pm. Remember to bring your water bottle to the dining tent so it can be filled. Trekking evenings afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is sitting around talking, playing cards, chatting with the staff or joining in some singing and dancing with the local people, it is always a very special time.

  • Clothing list for trekking in India

    • Light weight walking boots
    • Spare laces
    • A pair of track shoes
    • Warm jacket
    • Woolen shirts ad thick sweaters
    • Windproof/ waterproof trousers
    • Thermal underwear
    • A tracksuit
    • 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts
    • Light weight sleeved shirt
    • A woolen hat, a pair of gloves
    • Sun hat and Sunscreen
    • Torch or flashlight
    • Water bottle
    • Spare sunglasses and prescription glasses or lens
    • 1 pair of sandals, thick woolen socks and other personal equipments and accessories.
    • If it is early and late season you can require a pair of gaiters to walk on the snow over the passes.

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