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Stok Kangri Summit Trek | Easiest 6000 Meter Climb In Himalayas

Climbing the easiest of the six-thousanders in the Himalayas. Check if thats actually easy !
- Popular Names: Stok Kangri Summit

Stok Kangri Summit Trek

Climbing the easiest of the six-thousanders in the Himalayas. Check if thats actually easy !
- Popular Names: Stok Kangri Summit

A Himalayan High Experience
  • camp at monkormo with stok kangri in background
  • a beautiful acclimatization day
  • ridge walk to stok kangri summit
  • few steps remaining to ston kangri summit
  • the summit of stok kangri
  • summit walk to stok kangri
  • team himalayan high on stok kangri summit
  • climbing stok kangri
  • team himalayan high on stok kangri summit after kang yatse 2
  • just about to reach stok kangri summit
  • Duration: 8 days/ 8 nights, Leh to Leh
  • Highest Altitude: 6153m
  • Grade: Challenging ( learn more )
  • Best Time: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
  • Terrain: Meadows, rocky, snow field, glacier
  • Activity Type: Climb, Trek
  • Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • Starts At: Leh
  • Ends At: Leh
  • Region: India - Ladakh
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
  • Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
Introduction To The Stok Kangri Summit Trek
- Popular Names: Stok Kangri Summit

Stok Kangri
Stok Kangri Summit Trek

Stok Kangri is a one of the major trekking peak is Ladakh the summit of which is at a super high altitude of 6153 meters. The trek to the summit of Stok Kangri in Ladakh offers a great opportunity to scale a 6153 meter peak, requiring no mountaineering techniques at all.

Trekking in Ladakh is an lifetime experience in itself, but being able to see its beauty from as high as 6153 meters is crazy !! That's where the true Himalayan High lies, isn't it ? Summiting Stok Kangri is a pride which very few can boast of.

Though Stok Kangri is a trekking peak, its altitude and other dangers cannot be ignored. It requires good planning and the mountain rejects the over confident trekkers. For few who tried to underestimate the high altitude terrain of Stok Kangri has had paid their price, sometimes fatal too. For those who go to the peak with respect, the mountain rewards and allows to climb to its summit.

Planning for the summit of Stok Kangri requires good physical conditioning and more than that, it requires a tough mental preparedness. The trek can get very demanding during early in the season due to snow. Already beyond 5000 meters, you need good acclimatization and strength in your leg to beat that exhaustion caused by negotiating the snow on the steep climb.

The ridge leading to the summit of Stok Kangri is sharp after the shoulder with good exposure on the other side. While, the amount of snow it has early in the season can tire even the strongest of the trekkers, snow-less ridge is not a simple one too, which requires negotiating few boulders and tricky sections involving deep falls.

Snow is just one side of the challenge on the Stok Kangri trek. The much bigger of a challenge is its altitude. Only a fit and well acclimatized trekker can climb it successfully while enjoying the climb. At 6000 meters, the air gets thinner and there is only one way to beat it - ACCLIMATIZATION.

The peak demands respect and proper preparation and planning is the key to achieve success on it. A good plan is made right from the beginning with the design of the itinerary and the its execution as planned, to summit the peak. Physical preparation is a must for this trek if you are not a regular mountain person. If you are, you already know the value of it.

If you are an explorer and an adventurer by your breed, this trek is a must to have in your trek diaries. It's no easy trek, and not difficult in the same way. Only thing to beat is the super high altitude and the cold. Our itinerary is designed for better acclimatization to achieve a success on the summit. 

Smaller Groups are the best to take on challenging treks like the Stok Kangri.  Smaller trek teams are more successful in their summit bid as they are more focused in their objectives, share common physical abilities, are safer and friendlier and also, its not limited by the weaknesses of the flock. It might be little more expensive to arrange for smaller groups, but then you do not come to climb Stok Kangri everyday... For all of our treks, we take smaller groups and have managed a extremely good summit success rate till now. Trek with us to feel the Himalayan High from the summit of Stok Kangri..

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Want Us To Help you Arrange For This Epic Journey ?

We believe that a smaller group gives you the best of the Himalayan Experience and specialize in organizing customized groups for the Stok Kangri Summit Trek. Do get in touch with us if you want us to arrange this trek for you.

You can use the link - Customized Plan For Stok Kangri Summit Trek to drop us an email with your specific requirements and service required. We will get back to you with the detailed plan and quotation as per the group size and service requested.

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  • 6153 meters, An Extremely High Altitude summit, climbing Stok Kangri is an accomplishment in itself and can be treated as an introduction to mountaineering in the Himalayas.
  • No mountaineering techniques required: This is probably a very rare oppurtunity to trek to a summit of a mountain 6153 meters high with no skills of mountaineering techniques, though having it helps. We give a orientation training in the base camp about basic rope skills. 
  • View of K2, Second highest mountain of the World, in Karakoram: On a clear day, K2, Nun-Kun and Nanga Parvat reveals itself from the summit. 
  • Classic view of the Markha Valley. The entire valley is visible from the top and there are other versions of the trek too in which you can climb Stok Kangri via the Markha Valley.  
  • Sighting the rare wildlife of the Hemis National Park. Mountain Goats, Marmots and other wild life. Seeing mountain goats is easier as they don't fear humans too much. Fair chances of seeing these on this trek. Marmots can also be heard and seen. If lucky, you may sight the rare Snow Leopard as well !
  • The culture and villages of Ladakh are an experience in itself.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1From Delhi To Leh

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Fly to Leh from Delhhi and checkin to the guest house. Leh is dry and the air is very cold. Suddenly when you breathe in cold dry air, your body might not adjust to the new changed environment, that too in just 2 hours !!

Its advised that you drink adequate water before boarding your flight to Leh. Also, have a Vaseline handy to apply to your nostrils to moisten it, if you feel the air is too dry and cold to breathe easily.

Today its very crucial that we take enough rest and acclimatize properly to successfully reach the summit of Stok Kangri, which is further high at 6153 meters

We meet in the evening over a light Snacks for a formal Team Introduction and share brief information on the trek preparation and planning.

Time for Dinner to catch some more sleep.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Photos From The Day:

  • leh city
  • leh cityscape

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Day 2Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

Quick Information:
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Chemo Monastery: 3600 meters / 11880 feets
  • Shanti Stupa: 3600 meters / 11880 feets
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Approximate Time: 3 - 4 hours
  • Day's Activity: Rest, City Surfing, Acclimatize
  • Leh:
    Coordinates: 34.16648356 , 77.57994197
    Fly to Leh on Google Map
    View 360 degree from Leh using Peak Finder
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we spend our day visiting places around Leh and acclimatizing further. Leh is at very high altitude and this day is very important for us. We visit places like Leh Palace, Chemo Monastery, Shanti Stupa, etc.

Each of these places can be hiked to and its the best for us to do, if we are not feeling exhausted. If we do, we need to take some light walks in the town itself for some window shopping. Leh has some good shops selling trekking gears. So you can do some last moment purchases.

Evening we will visit the monastery of Shanti Stupa to seek some peaceful aura around it.

Tomorrow we start the trek. Hence we recheck that we are all set for it. Do the last moment purchases, repack our bag according to the trek requirement, have dinner and sleep early. 

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Photos From The Day:

  • acclimatization trek to tsemo monastery
  • acclimatization in leh
  • leh city from leh palace
  • tsemo monastery in leh

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Day 3From Leh To Rumbak , Via - Zinchan

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Today we start early morning to board our cab to Zinchan. Once we reach, our horses are loaded and we start our trek to Rumbak. An easy day. 

Accommodation: Tents/ Homestays
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

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Day 4From Rumbak To Mankorma , Via - Stok La

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Rumbak is the winter destination for the elusive Snow Leopard, rather this entire region is. After a good night's sleep, we wake up to a lovely bright morning. If you are trekking in Ladakh for the first time, it takes some time to get used to it. Our initial days spent in Leh help in this regards.

We start our day early and begin our trek to Monkorma with stunning view of the Ladakh Himalayas. The magical mountainscape continuously motivates us and keeps us really engaged, making us forget that we are trekking.

We are to tackle the steep climb to the top of Stok La, which serves us the very important purpose of acclimatization. Since we climb upto 4900 meters and sleep low at 4400 meters, it help us better acclimatize to the altitude for higher ones to come.

Stok La also offers some great views of the surrounding landscape. After spending some good time on the summit of Stok La, enjoying the views from the top, we descend down to the campsite of Mankormo. 

On reaching, we ease out for the day. Its been a rewarding day till now. Post tea, we go for slight walk around the place to explore further. Do not forget to sight the summit of Stok Kangri from here. Fix it on your eyes and your mind. We are gonna be there.. soon!!

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • camp at monkormo with stok kangri in background
  • campsite of monkormo
  • monkormo on stok kangri trek

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Day 5From Mankorma To Stok Kangri Base Camp

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Today the walk is very less and we move out easily, though not very late. We leave for Stok Kangri Base Camp, and it take us around a hour and a half to reach the campsite. On reaching, we have hot lunch and relax a bit.

According to the snow condition, there will be a demo of equipment to be used after the tea. After finishing that, we will also go for a short acclimatization walk. We will climb up the direct hill in front of us on the route to Stok Kangri. Its a higher ground, and also offers great views. If you have zoom lens, do try to zoom in and catch a glimpse of the Stok Kangri Summit.

Once we come back form the acclimatization walk, we ease out, play games along with snacks, soup, dinner and hot drinks. These easy days are actually preparing us for the grand summit day.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • a beautiful acclimatization day
  • view of stok summit
  • stok kangri seen just ahead from monkormo

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Day 6Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

Quick Information:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we train you on some technicalities of mountaineering to be used on the trek. Use of ice axe, some rope work, roping up, etc. During June July and even early august some year, the quantity of snow are too much and these basic orientation helps us in achieving success on the summit.

While training and orientation is a part of it, our main objective is rest and acclimatization. We are to attempt the summit after midnight, so this rest is very much required. We sleep early and keep everything ready for the summit push, including the head lamps. Its very important for us to get proper rest and enough sleep for the most challenging and rewarding day of our trek - The Summit Bid.

Early dinner and into our sleeping bags.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • the route to stok summit after base camp

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Day 7From Stok Kangri Base Camp To Stok Kangri Base Camp, Via - Stok Kangri Summit

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Today is THE DAY for us. We will attempt the Stok Kangri summit today. We start our long testing day to the summit post midnight around 1 AM in order to reach the summit on sunrise. All our previous day's efforts and acclimatization walks will be tested and brought into use today.

The route climbs up straight to the top of the hill we climbed previous day, and from there is descends to the glacier. A small crevasse can be negotiated with a slight jump, although in the dark, you should stay alert and together with the team. After you jump the crevasse and traverse the glacier, your next bid is to climb to the ridge leading to the summit of Stok Kangri. Never-ending switch backs follows and the high altitude makes it very slow.

Once you reach the ridge, the day might dawn. From the ridge, the trek to the summit is straight forward, although you need to be careful. After a continuous push of some 6 hours, you reach the top. of Stok Kangri. Standing there, you will realize, all the pain was worth taking to be where you are !!

While climbing is important, descending safely is more important. Descend usually is quite faster and you loose altitude very quick. We come back to the base camp and celebrate.

If time and energy allows, we descend down to Monkorma to rest for the night.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • the day dawns as we walk through the night on the summit bid to stok kangri
  • prayer flags on stok summit
  • markha valley seen from stok kangri summit
  • the crevasse on the glacier towards stok kangri
  • relaxed trekkers after successful summit of stok kangri

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Day 8From Stok Kangri Base Camp To Leh, Via - Mankormo, Stok Village

Quick Information:
  • Stok Kangri Base Camp: 5050 meters / 16665 feets
  • Mankormo: 4400 meters / 14520 feets
  • Stok Village: 3650 meters / 12045 feets
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 12 Km
  • Approximate Time: 6 - 7 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek, Drive
  • Leh:
    Coordinates: 34.16648356 , 77.57994197
    Fly to Leh on Google Map
    View 360 degree from Leh using Peak Finder
Brief Details Of The Day: Today we trek down and walk straight up to Stok Village. The trek is route is just so beautiful. We board our cab to get us back to Leh. We checkin into a hotel and settle for the day. In the evening, we meet for our last dinner together and celebrate our trek experience.
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Photos From The Day:

  • heading back to stok village from monkormo
  • near changma
  • stok village in sight

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Fixed Departure Price
( per head cost)

INR 28000

INR 22,500 | USD 341

5% Government Taxes Extra
GST Number: 19AADCH8833L1Z1

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4.67 of 78 reviews


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Stok-Kangri summit: wonderful experience, professional organization.preparedness guides If I go to Ladakh next time, would also like them! I recommend to everyone! It was a great experience of my life. Special thanks for Montu, Lapu and Suman!

Gergely Kovacs, Service, Budapest, Hungary


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I decided on a whim to go on a trek in India while I was working there for a few months. I reached out about a month before, and Suman replied with a few options for me. He responded very quickly to all of my emails and really smoothed the process along. The trek itself was amazing. On top of the convenience and service that Himalayan High provided, Montu, our guide, was very nice and helpful in all aspects. I would recommend this agency to anyone looking for a trek in Ladakh or Himachal! Thank you Suman, Montu, and Stanzin for making Stok Kangri an unforgettable experience!

Shreyas Kalyan, Software Engineer, California, USA


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Stok-Kangri summit: First of all thanks for Himalayan High! We really enjoyed our trek and we had 100% team success. There are more ways to get the summit. We had no enough time for trek before the summit so we decided to go via Rumbak. This route is a little longer, but I think it was a good decision because all of us acclimatized well enough for the summit and it is a really nice route via Stok La pass meanwhile many teams had problem because of high altitude. They provided us with all the information we needed from the beginning to the end of the trek. Special thanks for Montu, Lapu and Suman! I hope we’ll meet again in Ladakh! It was great. Tamas

Tamás Falcsik, Service, Budapest, Hungary


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The entire team at Himalayan High exemplified professionalism for the entire duration of our journey (climbing Stok Kangri). When we were deciding between tour outfitters, Suman was very communicative over Whatsapp while we figured out the details of the trip, which made planning very easy even though we were traveling in different parts of India at the time. He was responsive and helpful, customizing our trip to our needs. We didn't have cold weather gear or mountaineering boots with us, so Lapu (the local trip organizer in Leh) took us around the shops in Leh to help us get the appropriate clothing (buying some and renting some). He was knowledgeable about the clothing we needed and we had fun walking around Leh with him. The trip guides, Desel and Montu, were knowledgeable and professional, able to answer any questions we had and helpful for the entire duration of the trek. The porters were great too. We had tons of fun for the whole trek, and the summit day was spectacular -- not a cloud in the sky, so we climbed under a full moon. Climb Stok Kangri with Himalayan High!

Noah Epstein, Massachusetts, USA , Massachusetts, USA


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Hi guys Jullay. Everything about the entire trip was just amazing. Of course, like every adventure or expedition in life, there are few observations. I will sit along with Aditya and apprise you of the same. Thanks to your planning, foresight and patience of the guide ( Paldang), two of us ( Self and Hari Om) summitted Stok Kangri on 9th morning, Aditya reached almost the shoulder. And all three of us completed the 72 km Khardung La ultra without any hiccups or injuries. Would surely join you for the higher and tougher expeditions in future. Would be nice if you could give us some kind of certificates for the summit.

Sunil Handa, Cdr. Indian Navy, Mumbai


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