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Stok Kangri Trek



Stok Kangri Trek

Duration: 9 days

Trek Dates:- Fixed Departures

21 Jun – 29 Jun 2014 (Open)
28 Jun – 06 Jul 2014 (Open)
05 Jul – 13 Jul 2014 (Open)
12 Jul – 20 Jul 2014 (Open)
19 Jul – 27 Jul 2014 (Open)
26 Jul – 03 Aug 2014 (Open)
02 Aug – 10 Aug 2014 (Open)
09 Aug – 17 Aug 2014 (Open)

Trek Cost:- 16,500 (Leh to Leh)
In the middle of the fascinating area of Ladakh, lies Stok Kangri which is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is locatedin the northern state of India i.e. Jammu and Kashmir. While the western part of the Jammu and Kashmir is pretty unstable to political conflicts and instability, the eastern parts like Ladakh and Zanskar are stable and safe to travel. Many people are of the view that Jammu and Kashmir is a state of terror and political upheaval but the area of Ladakh is one such place where you will find love and support of the natives. If you intend to travel by bus, you can reach Ladakh through Manali taking the southern route rather than travelling towards the east from Srinagar.

Leh is the capital of Ladakh and lies at an altitude of about 3500- 3800 meters above the sea level. The place still can be said to be engrossed and away from many amenities and just proves an adventurous place for trekking. If you have cultural inclinations, this is a perfect place to start off for trekking, biking, climbing and many excursions. The town is under a strong Buddhist influence, which is very evident from its culture. Though the town also has a great number of Muslims that reside here. There are dozens of beautiful Buddhist monasteries that are located in and around the place which are easily accessible. You can visit these monasteries within a day. In Leh, you can enjoy the game of Polo, right in front of the City Palace.

About the Peak.
Many mountains in this area of the country exceed an altitude of 6000 meters. The reason can be the Indus Valley already running in the area. One of the peaks in the region which has gained considerable popularity is the Stok Kangri and its twin Golep Kangri. You can reach the base of Stok Kangri through a bus or you could hire an taxi. The bus or taxi should take somewhere about an hour to take you to this spot. If you reach the base of Stok Kangri by evening, it would be a good idea to stay for the night in the village of Stok. The village is fairly big enough to look for an accommodation. This is a good place to stay pre/ post your trek. This way, you will benefit on saving some time on your trek and also ward off any unnecessary pain of travelling for a couple of hour. You can spend this saved time on your trek of Stok Kangri in the form of breaks and sight- seeing. On the first day, you trek up to the saddle between the two peaks, which is almost 5200 meters. It would be a good idea to hire a local guide and a couple of mules or donkeys, if you don’t want to carry your heavy backpacks. If you hire a guide, you might invite a situation of being lost in the valleys are pretty confusing. It is also advisable to carry a tent, food for the way and a stove which you can on the mules or horses.

From this point, with the help of ice axe and crampons, you can climb up to Stok Kangri or Golep Kangri. From both of these peaks, you have a great view of the over the Zansker and the Indus Valley. The nearby Chinese and Pakistani mountain ranges are also visible. You should keep the descent back to the base, in one day. However if you intent to climb both the peaks, you should first go for the Golep Kangri as it is among the easier one to trek. The peak is almost 6100 meter high. After you descent back to the base camp, you should be able to call it a day and take rest. You would enjoy the deserted surroundings and fid peace with yourself. This will also acclimatize you perfectly for the next day’s trek to Stok Kangri. Both Stok Kangri and Golep Kangri are perfect trekking destinations for adventurous climbers. The peaks also prove perfect for fit climbers who are looking ahead to trek the Himalaya for the first time. It would give you a wider picture of mountain trekking. Climbers who trek the Stok Kangri and Golep Kangri would be prepared to take the greatest trekking challenge. They are also the main peaks of the Zansker range. The route through the south ridge of Stok Kangri is straight-forward yet challenging. You would find it interesting to confront sudden changes in the path of the ridge. If you are trekking on a clear day, you might just be lucky to have a view of the Karakoram range and might also get a view of the K2 in the far distant.

For better or worse, the Chadar trek is an endangered activity and within 5 years will cease to exist in it's current form. A road is currently being blasted out of the rock face above the river. When completed, winter access to the Zanskar valley villages in the interior will be relatively straight-forward. The road will certainly be safe and more convenient than the river, but its completion will mark the end of an ancient local practice.

The ‘Chadar’ is a perfect example of this resourcefulness of the Ladakhis and their indomitable spirit, in the face of such daunting odds. The term ‘Chadar’ means blanket in the local language, thereby giving an indication to the nature of this whole experience. Large sections of the river Zanskar, which is one of the mightiest rivers in Ladakh, freeze over in the dead of winter and are covered by a thick blanket of ice. This frozen blanket or ‘Chadar’ is the only way in and out for Zanskaris in winter, when the road and various other caravan routes are closed due to heavy The icy wonderland of the ‘Chadar trek’ snowfall blocking the high passes. It has been their traditional trade route in winter for Centuries. The seven to eight days walk from chilling to Padum is both challenging as well as an incomparably exiting experience. The landscape aquires a pristine grandeur in winter as the trail enters into the gorge of the Zanskar, where temperatures sometimes drop to –30 to - 35 Degree Celsius.


Brief itinerary
Day 1 :- Delhi to Leh 
Day 2 :-
 Leh (Acclimatization day) 
Day 3 :-
 Leh (11500 ft.) to Chang Ma (13087 ft.) via Stok Village (11800 ft.) 
Day 4 :-
 Chang Ma (13087 ft.) to Mankorma (14200 ft.) 
Day 5 :-
 Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.) 
Day 6 :-
 Rest day + training day. 
Day 7 :-
 Base camp (16300 ft.) to Stok Kangri (20080 ft.) back to base camp 
Day 8 :-
 Base camp to Leh 
Day 9 :-
 Leh to Delhi.



Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Delhi to Leh (11500 Ft.)
Your trekking to Stok Kangri begins with the arrival to Leh. You can easily reach Leh once you come to Delhi. You can reach Leh from Delhi either through a flight or through the road. Taking the flight is a better option as you would be saving a lot on time and energy. Taking the road may cost you a lot of time as you have to first go to either Srinagar or Manali to start for Leh. You can spend a day in Leh to acclimatize to the weather. Trekking in the area of Leh is among the best options among Trekking in India.


Day 02: Leh (Acclimatization day)

On day 2nd, you can enjoy the cultural and natural beauty of Leh. This can be considered as a day to get familiar with the town and also acclimatize to the weather. Lah is culturally a rich place. There are dozens of monasteries and ancient temples that you can go around. They are located in and around the town. Therefore you would be getting enough time to go around the place in a day. You can have an overnight stay in Leh. The hotels are easily accessible and rates are reasonable too. You can enjoy trekking here as post monsoon trek and pre monsoon trek.


Day 03: Leh (11500 ft.) to Chang Ma (13087 ft.) via Stok Village (11800 ft.)

It is one of the best sites that you would have once you have decided to trek this area of land.Trekking in Leh, could be considered by some people to be living their dreams. At any point of time, you might just feel that you are right in the middle of heaven. This is a day when you would enjoy a great drive and have an enjoyable trekking experience. The day starts with a drive to Stokvillage. At the start of the drive from Leh, you would go through many exotic and beautiful scenes. The drive to the Stok village is an adventurous one and if full of natural beauty and lush green trees. The weather is perfectly fine for the summer season. The Stok village lies immediately to the south of Leh and it is well known for a royal palace. The recently crowned king of Ladakh lives here. There is also a small museum inside the palace which has beautiful and religious artifacts.
The day 3 is however the day when you trek to Chang Ma. This might be a difficult trek and you may experience the joy of a snow trek. You would like to spend the night here and the overnight stay would be in tents in the open lands.


Day 04: Chang Ma (13087 ft.) to Mankorma (14200 ft.)
The whole trek passes through the barren grey landscape of Ladakh. From chang ma trek up to Mankorma, This day will show you the real beauty of ladhak and gives you the answer why ladhakknown as cold desert, while trekking you will cross the 2-3 times small streams, it is a fairly easy trek along with the river and you would love the overnight stay in tents.


Day 05: Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.)

A few hours trek takes you back to the base camp. This exotic base camp is a pleasurable place. It lies in a grassy area. This area has a number of water bodies in the form of lakes and water streams. During the day time, you can walk on the upper areas of the campsite and enjoy the views of the surroundings. There are some beautiful peaks like Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri and many others. You can also take rest in the base camp to make sure that the group is ready for the next day’s trek and touring. You would get time to acclimatize to the weather. This is pretty necessary because in the coming days, you wuld find a drastic change in the climate and might experience thin air and lack of oxygen.
The overnight stay, would again be arranged in tents and make sure that you have enough warm clothes for the lowering temperature.



Day 06: Rest day + training day

This day is an easy day for trekkers. You would enjoy the time for going around and knowing the place to a much better extent. It is essentially a day to train for the upcoming trek and know the possibilities and challenges that are involved in it. Your trek leader and guide would let you know about all the different changes in the terrain. You need adequate knowledge and experience to go around the mountains. There might be situations where you have to trek in the sinking snow. You would find your legs sinking up to your knees. Therefore it is essential that you know the weather and surrounding conditions. It is also a day when you would to take enough rest so that you are well prepared for the coming excursion. The overnight stay would again be in tents. By now, you should be well familiar to the conditions prevailing during the day and night.


Day 07: Base camp (16300 ft.) to Stok Kangri (20080 ft.) back to base camp.
Now that you have had rest for a day i.e. the Stok Kangri trek, you should be well prepared for the big climb. You should wakeup early to start the climb. The route goes through glaciers and then comes to steep slopes to the summit ridge. This is a long climb, so you should be mentally strong and prepared psychologically. It would take somewhere between 9 to 10 hours for average climbers. Slow climbers may take another 2 to 3 hours in addition. At the start of the trek, after a couple of hours, you should reach to the summit of the ridge. The summit offers you great views of the area. The wide and open surroundings give you a royal feeling. Towards the north, you would get a view of the Karakoram range. The Saser Kangri dominates the sky in the north along with the Karakoram, and the Zansker ranges in the south. The overnight stay, as usual, would be in tents.


Day 08: Base camp to Leh

Day 8 would be the ultimate day of your fantastic trekking experience. The trek which included high altitude trekking mountaineering and expedition would finally come to an end after this day. But before you end the day, you would see a lot of snow clad beauty and memorable view of mountain ranges. The joy of Ladakh trekking can be rejuvenated from this spot. As the day rises, you would have to start coming back from Base camp to Leh. The trek back could be difficult and you need to perform care and precision. On the same day, after you reach Leh, you would also have to cover up to Stok Village on your feet. Stok village is the final stopping point of trekking. From Stok village to Leh, you would have to take a drive. The drive may make you nostalgic of all the fun that you had while trekking the mountains in the last eight days.



Day 09: Leh to Delhi
At the end of an outstanding trek to Stok Kangri through the Himalayas, you are back to Leh and are preparing to get back to Delhi. You can take a direct flight to Delhi from Leh, over the Himalayas. The flight back may make you nostalgic and you might just get lost in your dreams. Alternatively, if you plan to tour the surroundings, you might also visit the nearby places inKashmir before you come back to your home city.


How to Reach

By Air :-
Jet Airways, Go Air and Air India provide daily (once every day) flight service between New Delhi and Leh. In the summer season, the services may even be provided twice a day. However if you plan a trip to this area of the country, you must try to book your tickets well in advance. This might even cut down the prices which may be levied on booking at the last time. You would enjoy the flight as you would fly over many untouched areas and even some mountain ranges. The aerial view is just fascinating and gives a great start to your tour.
By road :-
The road from Manali to Leh is only open in the summers. The road trip may take you 2 days, but depending upon the weather conditions, the travel may also extend to 3 or even 4 days. You should also make sure that you carry at least two spare tires. A good advice would be to carry a sleeping bag with you well, as the bus may stop in the middle of nowhere for the overnight stay.
Another route to Leh via Srinagar, also takes around two days. On this route, you would pass through some lonely yet famous villages like Kargil and Khalsi.


Cost Terms

Inclusions :- 

1. Accommodation. (Camping) and Leh guest house (Day 1, Day 2 & Day 8 Night)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.)
3. Trek equipments.
4. IMF Permits
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers.
 
7. Transport from Leh to Road head and return.

Exclusions 

1. Food / Meal in Leh.
2. Any kind of personal expenses.
3. Insurance.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head price Includes.



Note : Normally BACKPACK HOLIDAYS expects you to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag. 

To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.
 

Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee: 
The fee can be paid by online transfer/cheque deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email.
 
When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
 

When to book:
 
It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)
 

In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -
 
Up to 24 Days
:-
95% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refund.
Between 14-24 Day
:-
70% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refund.
Between 14-10 Days
:-
50% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Less than 10 Days
:-
No refund

For Registrations: Dimesh Patel 9892974968 or email at backpackholidays@gmail.com

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