climbing Stok Kangri – Indian Himalaya

Stok Kangri 6154 m (eight,812 ft) is considered one of our high 10 trekking peaks on the planet.

Easy accessibility from the vacationer city of Leh, Ladakh.

At a Look

Location: Ladakh, India
Distance: 20 km, a method
Elevation Acquire: 2,686 m (20,190 ft)
Most Elevation: 6154 m (eight,812 ft)
Mountaineering Time: three – Four days plus a minimum of per week to acclimatize.
Finest occasions to hike: June – September


An unbelievable sense of accomplishment
Wonderful views
Simple to entry (in comparison with different 6000+ m Himalayan Peaks)
Mountaineering expertise not required (except going unguided)
Assembly adventurers from around the globe
Shut encounter with wild blue sheep

Clay in the previous couple of ft earlier than the summit


Elevation: Take time to acclimatize and contemplate packing acetazolamide (Diamox). Be taught the indicators of Acute Mountain Illness (AMS) and be ready to chop your journey brief or postpone it till you’re acclimatized. AMS can progress into the lethal Excessive-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or Excessive-altitude cerebral edema (HACE). Additionally, keep in mind that the scant oxygen will sluggish you down rather a lot.

Climate: Much less oxygen makes the whole lot appear colder and the temperature felt prefer it was round -10 ° C (14° F) on the high. Don’t be fooled by stories that Ladakh is a desert. Carry a rain jacket. It will probably additionally get very popular, so come ready to guard your self from the solar.

Glacier Journey and Steep Terrain: There’s a brief glacier crossing adopted by quite a lot of steep, uncovered terrain. Use rope, crampons, and an ice axe, and both learn to use them or rent a information.

Daybreak was welcomed as we method the ridge after a protracted evening of climbing

Darkish: A midnight begin is required to benefit from the glacier whereas it’s onerous and icy. Travelling on the aforementioned terrain in the dead of night carries some apparent dangers.

Water: The camps present boiled water, however bringing your personal filter or water therapy tablets/drops offers you extra choices.


Getting There
To get to Leh (Ladakh’s largest city), both fly or drive overland from Delhi. The most affordable manner is to catch a bus to Manali, then one other bus on the Leh-Manali freeway to Leh. The bus journey from Manali to Leh takes 17 hours and is finest cut up into two days. A nonstop bus prices Rs 833 (12 USD) and the 2-day journey prices Rs 2900 (40 USD).

If you happen to don’t wish to sit on a crowded bus as you go over a few of the world’s highest motorable passes, you possibly can rent a personal or shared taxi from Manali for round Rs 20 000 – 30 000 (290-420 USD. Manali is a pleasant city and price a number of days’ go to.

Leh – Menali Freeway

The highway is open in the summertime months and is vulnerable to closures from landslides and flooding. It’s slender, tough, and windy – not for the faint of coronary heart. It additionally accommodates one of many world’s highest motorable passes, and a number of other extra over 5000 m. Just about everybody I do know (myself included) bought altitude illness going over the passes. Leh may also be accessed by way of the Srinagar Leh freeway, however the highway is longer and topic to the identical closures.

Flying is the best and cheaper than hiring a personal taxi. A one-way flight from Delhi to Leh might be round $100 – $200 USD and can take 1 hour 20 minutes. We went overland on the best way there and flew out.

Getting from Leh to the trailhead at Stok Village is a fast taxi or bus journey.

Meals and Lodging

Lodging and eating places are plentiful in Stok Village and Leh.

There are three camps on the best way up Stok Kangri: Chang Ma, Mankorma, and Base Camp. All serve meals and have tents obtainable for trekkers. The tents all have sleeping pads, however they aren’t very heat or comfy. Carry your personal sleeping bag. Additionally, Chang Ma solely had a number of tents obtainable.

Information or No Information?

Most individuals select to rent a information for climbing Stok Kangri. You’ll be able to rent one at base camp or in Leh, and it’s pretty cheap. Whether or not you rent a information in Leh or base camp, the price might be roughly the identical for a Four-day trek. Ask round in Leh for present prices of each, as issues can fluctuate from 12 months to 12 months. It’s also possible to be a part of an expedition full with ponies, cooks, and comfy tent.

Be part of an Expedition if:

You don’t wish to waste time planning.
You don’t wish to carry your stuff.
You wish to be comfy.

Get a information if:

You don’t have any mountaineering expertise.
You favor being protected.
You haven’t had a lot time to acclimatize (they can assist you down should you get AMS).
The climbing circumstances aren’t nice.

Think about skipping a information if:

You’ve got mountaineering expertise.
You might be assured that you’re nicely acclimatized.
You just like the independence of mountain climbing alone.
The circumstances are good.


Rope, harnesses, crampons, gaiters, and ice axes could be rented in Leh or on the base camp. It’s barely cheaper to lease from Leh, and the gear might be higher, however which means lugging it uphill at excessive altitudes for 2 days. You’ll be able to lease sleeping luggage too, however I’d advise bringing your personal.

Your boots needs to be ankle excessive with a reasonably stiff sole to allow them to be worn with crampons. Mountaineering boots will not be wanted. Additionally, don’t forget your headlamp and additional batteries. You’ll be climbing in the dead of night for many of the summit day.


Get the allow from the Indian Mountaineering Basis (IMF) workplace within the Mentokling restaurant for 50 USD. It is advisable to go proper into the restaurant to search out the workplace. It’s cheaper on the IMF workplace, however shopping for it at base camp may prevent some cash should you don’t find yourself climbing. You will discover present allow costs right here.

Our Price Breakdown

For two individuals in 2017

Taxi from Leh to Stok Village: Rs 1900 (27 USD)
Tent keep, together with meals: Rs 6000 (87 USD)
Leases of rope, harness, ice axe, and crampons: Rs 1500 (22 USD)

Whole: Rs 8400 (121 USD)

Hiring a information from base camp would have value and extra Rs 8000 (115 USD)

The Route

We had been in Ladakh for almost a month at this level, and had been trekking for many of that point, so we opted to do it in three days. Really, we had deliberate 4, however dragged ourselves all the best way again to Stok Village on summit day. Regardless of the brief days, the evening at Mankorma is crucial to acclimatization.

Day 1 – Stok Village to Mankorma camp

Elevation Acquire: 823 m (2,700 ft)
Distance: 9 km (5.6 miles)
Mountaineering Time: Four hours

Chang Ma Camp is at 5.5 km (three.Four miles) and makes a great place to cease for lunch or tea

Picture: Pack ponies had been extra frequent than individuals alongside the path.

Day 2 – Mankorma camp to base camp

Elevation Acquire: 610 m (2000 ft)
Distance: Four km (2.5 miles)
Mountaineering Time: 2 hours

Woke as much as blue sheep lingering close to our tent.

We took an acclimatization stroll to the ridge above camp although most individuals opted to go all the best way to the glacier.

Blue sheep at Mankorma Camp.

Day three – Base camp to summit and again to Stok Village

The view from the highest. We speculated that the bigger peak within the very pack is likely to be K2.

Elevation Acquire: 1,223 m (4012 ft) ascent, 2,629 m (eight,625 ft) descent
Distance: 7 km(Four.three miles) to the summit, 20 km (12.Four miles) return to Stok
Mountaineering Time: 12 hours to summit, 16 hours whole

12:00 AM departure from base camp to cross the glacier earlier than it softens up
We deliberate to remain one other evening, however I used to be having hassle respiration and loitering round all day didn’t appear to be enjoyable.

You will discover the entire story of our Stok Kangri climb on Overview Open air right here.

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