Stok Kangari Trek

Whether you are an experienced hiker or just new to trekking experience, Stok Kangri trek is perfectly tailored for everyone. Nestled in the Zanskar range, Stok Kangri has doubled the charm of Ladakh region. It links lovely unspoilt villages and opens up part of India that few get a chance to visit. Sightseeing tour in Leh provides good acclimatization before venturing into trekking and making an ascent to Stok Kangri. The trek that follows includes good tracks and paths alongside rivers, through glens and over hills. You will have the opportunity to take in the expansive views of verdant green pastures stretching as far as the eye can see, mist-covered mountains, monasteries and wild stretches of uninhabitable flora and fauna. You get all the makings for a trek of discovery extraordinaire.

 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive Delhi
  • Day 2 Fly from Delhi to Leh [3505 m]
  • Day 3 Sightseeing in Leh
  • Day 4 Drive from Leh to Lamayuru [3430m]
  • Day 5 Trek from Lamayuru to Wanlah [3100 m]
  • Day 6 Wanla - Phanjila [3410 m]
  • Day 7 Phanjila - Hinju [3720 m]
  • Day 8 Hinju - Sumdah [3900 m]
  • Day 9 Sumdah - Dundunchen la (4400 m)
  • Day 10 Dundunchen La - Chilling (3250 m)
  • Day 11 Chilling - Skui (4150 m)
  • Day 12 Trek to Rumbak (3800 m)
  • Day 13 Rumbak - Khilchay (4200 m)
  • Day 14 Khilchay - Stok Kangri Base Camp (4800 m)
  • Day 15 Climb Stok Kangri (6123 m)
  • Day 16 Trek back to Stok/Leh
  • Day 17 Leh
  • Day 18 Leh - Delhi
  • Day 19 Delhi &
  • Day 20 Departure

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Delhi

    Our staff will escort you with warm reception and utmost hospitality from Delhi airport to your hotel in Delhi. After offering you the thorough briefings on your travel plan, you can thereon enjoy your leisure time according to your wish..

  • Day 2

    Fly from Delhi to Leh [3505 m]

    Early in the morning you have to board a flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. At an altitude of 3505 meters, Leh lies at the base of Khardung La on the north of the Indus River. Our staff will receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Leh..

  • Day 3

    Sightseeing in Leh

    Shortly after breakfast you will begin your guided sightseeing tour in Leh, the cultural heart of Ladakh. Shey, Hemis and Thiskey are the major highlights of the tour. The fertile valley of Leh houses many Buddhist monasteries and historic monuments. While touring around Leh, you will observe that the town resembles Tibetan culture and is distinctively influenced by Buddhism. Leh has several houses with terraced roofs. 16th century Leh Palace built by King Tashi Namgyal is one of the major attractions of Leh. On climbing up the stairs of the palace, you reach an ideal vantage point to sightsee the magnificent view of Leh. On heading 15 km away from Leh, Shey monastery springs into picture. Built amazingly on a hill, this monastery looks scintillating with its two-storey statue of the sitting Buddha adorned in copper and gold. If you turn to the east of Shey gompa, you can see several chortens. Further on, your guide will escort you to Hemis gompa, situated 49 km south of Leh. This is the biggest monastery built in 17th century by Chapgon Gyalshas and being the headquarter of the Red Hat Drukpa order administers all the monasteries of Ladakh. Lamas need to be trained at Hemis monastery prior to working for other monasteries at Leh, Shey and Bazgo. It is believed that this monastery possesses the largest thankas in Ladakh which is displayed once in every 11 years. In June July you can see a very important festival of masked dances at this site. Equally fascinating is Thiskey Monastery which rests 19 km away from Leh. It has the biggest library in Ladakh, accommodates 60 Lamas and houses historic statues, stupas and thankas. This monastery is most dotted for its picturesque panorama of verdant Indus Valley. Eventually, after sightseeing you will head back to your hotel and enjoy the high quality service at the hotel. You get to enjoy yet another insightful sightseeing tour around Leh on this day. Visits to Spituk and Phyang are the two major attractions. On following the trail along the Kargil road 10 km away from Leh, you will come across Spituk monastery. Nestled high on a hill, Spituk monastery overlooks breathtaking view of the Indus. Historic thankas and statues are the prides of this site. There are several statues of Kali at this monastery and once in a year Kali's face is unveiled before her devotees. You can find the reformist Gelugs-pa, or Yellow-Hat sect at this monastery. Phyang gompa is another such religious site which represents diversity of India's culture and tradition..

  • Day 4

    Drive from Leh to Lamayuru [3430 m]

    Upon driving for 6 hours from Leh alongside the Indus River you will arrive in Lamayuru. The drive halts at Alchi village for a special visit to its popular monasteries and then continues further..

  • Day 5

    Trek from Lamayuru to Wanlah [3100 m]

    After breakfast you start trekking from Lamayuru. The trail follows a smooth ascent and descends further after crossing the picturesque valley of the Prinkitla pass at an elevation 3650 m. Narrow gorge opens up and trail overlooks mesmerizing view of the confluence and the Shilakong. On descending further traditional houses of Shilla become visible at an elevation of 3200 meters. 4 hours of trekking finally concludes for the day when you arrive in Wanlah. Overnight camp is set at a superb site. Before heading back to the camp for meal and accommodation, you can explore around Wanlah gompa..

  • Day 6

    Wanla - Phanjila [3410 m]

    Running parallel to the Yapola River, you ascend in the morning towards Phanjila. Few hours of ascents bring you near Phanjila village at an altitude of 3410 meters. You can sightsee amazing apricot orchard on the way. There is also a school in the village. After meals you overnight at your camp tent in Phanjila..

  • Day 7

    Phanjila - Hinju [3720 m]

    Early in the morning after hearty breakfast, you move away from Phanjila along the trail that leads to Hinju. Further ahead, the trail follows the valley, meets a narrow gorge and then later crosses a bridge. After 7-8 hours of walking you reach an altitude of 3720 meter where lower Hinju, the main village and upper village make a magnificent sight. You get to spend the night in your camp tent at a good site in Hinju..

  • Day 8

    Hinju - Sumdah [3900 m]

    In the morning after exploring Hinju you leave this area to reach Sumdah. The trail ascends past Konzke pass and climbs further. After trekking for 7-8 hours you arrive in Sumdah at an elevation of 3900 meters where you overnight at an ideal camp site site after meals..

  • Day 9

    Sumdah - Dundunchen la [4400 m]

    Shortly after breakfast, you have to trek along the route that transverses the main valley. 5 hours of ascents finally take you to the base of the Dundunchen la at a height of 4400 meters where you have to set your overnight camp..

  • Day 10

    Dundunchen La - Chilling [3250 m]

    You have to make an early start towards Chilling. The trail ascends continuously as it wends away from Dundunchen La. Further afield, you encounter steep ascents. Finally, 6 hours of trek enters Chilling at an elevation of 3250 meters. You camp for the night at a suitable location in Chilling..

  • Day 11

    Chilling - Skui [4150 m]

    After breakfast, your journey commences towards Skui. The trail runs parallel to the Zanskar River and after crossing a bridge approaches picturesque gorge. En route, you walk past Shingo and enter Skui after 4 hours. After dinner, you have to overnight in your camp tent in Skui..

  • Day 12

    Skui - Rumbak [3800 m]

    On this day you enjoy yet another day of complete trekking journey. The trail covers 7-8 hours of walk from Skui to Rumbak. After meals you spend the night in your camp tent in Rumbak..

  • Day 13

    Rumbak - Khilchay [4200 m]

    After breakfast, you trek along the trail that ascends past Ganda La at 4850 meters towards Khilchay. The trail further wends through Yurutse and finally after 5 hours enters the area of Khilchay. Eventually, you camp for the night at a superb site in Khilchay..

  • Day 14

    Khilchay - Stok Kangri Base Camp [4800 m]

    You make an early start towards Stok Kangri Base Camp. 5 hours of continuous ascents bring you to the Base Camp where you camp for the night..

  • Day 15

    Ascend Stok Kangri [6123 m]

    Shortly after breakfast, you ascend to Stok Kangri. The trail crosses boulder-strewn route. At certain points you may encounter moderate steeps. But nevertheless your efforts become very worthwhile as you stand at the summit and drink in the marvelous views of the entire Leh region. After lunch, you head back to your base camp where you overnight..

  • Day 16

    Stok Kangri Base Camp - Leh

    After breakfast, you will be transported to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. At an altitude of 3505 meters, Leh lies at the base of Khardung La on the north of the Indus River. Our staff will escort you to your hotel in Leh..

  • Day 17

    Leh

    Shortly after breakfast you will begin your guided sightseeing tour in Leh, the cultural heart of Ladakh. The fertile valley of Leh houses many Buddhist monasteries and historic monuments. While touring around Leh, you will observe that the town resembles Tibetan culture and is distinctively influenced by Buddhism. Leh has several houses with terraced roofs. 16th century Leh Palace built by King Tashi Namgyal is one of the major attractions of Leh. On climbing up the stairs of the palace, you reach an ideal vantage point to sightsee the magnificent view of Leh. Visits to Spituk and Phyang are the two major attractions. On following the trail along the Kargil road 10 km away from Leh, you will come across Spituk monastery. Nestled high on a hill, Spituk monastery overlooks breathtaking view of the Indus. Historic thankas and statues are the prides of this site. There are several statues of Kali at this monastery and once in a year Kali's face is unveiled before her devotees. You can find the reformist Gelugs-pa or Yellow-Hat sect at this monastery. Phyang gompa is another such religious site which represents diversity of India's culture and tradition. Shey, Hemis and Thiskey are the major highlights of the second day sightseeing tour. You head 15 km away from Leh towards Shey monastery after breakfast. Built amazingly on a hill, this monastery looks scintillating with its two-storey statue of the sitting Buddha adorned in copper and gold. If you turn to the east of Shey gompa, you can see several chortens. Further on, your guide will escort you to Hemis gompa, situated 49 km south of Leh. This is the biggest monastery built in 17th century by Chapgon Gyalshas and being the headquarter of the Red Hat Drukpa order administers all the monasteries of Ladakh. Lamas need to be trained at Hemis monastery prior to working for other monasteries at Leh, Shey and Bazgo. It is believed that this monastery possesses the largest thankas in Ladakh which is displayed once in every 11 years. In June July you can see a very important festival of masked dances at this site. Equally fascinating is Thiskey Monastery which rests 19 km away from Leh. It has the biggest library in Ladakh, accommodates 60 Lamas and houses historic statues, stupas and thankas. This monastery is most dotted for its picturesque panorama of verdant Indus Valley. Eventually, after sightseeing you will head back to your hotel and enjoy the high quality service at the hotel..

  • Day 18

    Leh - Delhi

    Soon after early morning breakfast, you will board a flight back to Delhi where you will be chauffeured to your hotel by our staff..

  • Day 19

    Delhi

    The entire day will be exclusively planned to guide you around the major attractions of Delhi. Delhi sightseeing tour begins shortly after breakfast. 17th century Red Fort which was built by the great Mughal Shah Jahan gives you delightful reflection on the India history. On approaching Jama Masjid, you get some insights into Muslim religion, culture and belief. India Gate is another living pride of New Delhi and it is also a reminder of the World War. You will also have a pleasure to visit President House, an official residence of India's President. Thereafter, the journey takes you to Qutab Minar. At the end of the day, you finally head back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay..

  • Day 20

    Departure

    You will be driven to the airport in time for your flight back home. We ensure that you will leave Delhi with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime..

General Information

Arrive Delhi

Fly from Delhi to Leh [3505 m]

Sightseeing in Leh

Drive from Leh to Lamayuru [3430 m]

Trek from Lamayuru to Wanlah [3100 m]

Wanla - Phanjila [3410 m]

Phanjila - Hinju [3720 m]

Hinju - Sumdah [3900 m]

Sumdah - Dundunchen la [4400 m]

Dundunchen La - Chilling [3250 m]

Chilling - Skui [4150 m]

Skui - Rumbak [3800 m]

Rumbak - Khilchay [4200 m]

Khilchay - Stok Kangri Base Camp [4800 m]

Ascend Stok Kangri [6123 m]

Stok Kangri Base Camp - Leh

Leh

Leh - Delhi

Delhi

Departure

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