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Stok Kangri Summit Trek | Easiest 6000 Meter Climb In Himalayas

Stok Kangri Summit Trek

Climbing the easiest of the six-thousanders in the Himalayas. Check if thats actually easy !

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About The Stok Kangri Summit Trek

Stok Kangri
Stok Kangri Summit Trek

Stok Kangri is closed for the next 3 years till 2022. Hence Climbing Stok Kangri is not possible during this time. We recommend you to summit Kang Yatse 2 or Dzo Dzongo instead. Dzo Dzongo is a 6100-meter peak in the same region and presents similar challenges as climbing Stok Kangri. Kang Yatse 2 is 6223-meter peak and is little difficult compared to Stok kangri

Stok Kangri is one of the major trekking peaks 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 a 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 overconfident 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 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. The only thing to beat is the super high altitude and the cold. Our itinerary is designed for better acclimatization to achieve success on the summit. 





Unlike the mass-trekking  and hand-held trekking groups in our country, we, on all of our treks, inspire and motivate to boost more of the Intrinsic and Inherent Adventure Sense of a human being when it comes to our work ethics. We human beings are born to Survive. It's just about letting yourself free to get back your intrinsic senses to adapt, survive and then excel.

Having said that, we take safety as a first matter of concern on any of our treks, and hence provide the Guides and Leaders who are tremendously experienced, knowledgeable, responsible and capable of handling such treks. We keep our group size limited to 12 people on a challenging treks like this as smaller groups has more summit  success rate since the team is more focused on their objectives, share common physical abilities, are safer and friendlier. Most importantly, our filtration and selective process ensures that the team, unlike that of the mass-trekking groups, is not limited by the weaknesses of the unfiltered, incompetent and unmanageable flock joining the team. Smaller group also helps to create an ambient Himalayan experience of Solitude, giving priority to Safety, Easy Management, Maximum Attention, Utmost care, Friendly attitude, and a Learning experience to make you a better and a humble trekker.

Our forced efforts to keep the group size small has given us very nice success rate on the summits of these trekking peaks in the Himalayas.  Our itinerary and meal plan is very well planned and with further orientation and planning, we move closer to the summit with each of these carefully decided actions.

The equipment that we provide on the treks are some of the best in the industry. Few of those are designed and custom-made just to suit our purpose of a safe and comfortable trek experience. We provide you with all the gears required to be better equipped for the trek. The quality of local resources, cooks and porters are not neglected and we make sure that we hire responsible local resources for your group accompanied by one of our leaders who further ensures that the quality of services are delivered as promised and forms a liaison between the group and the local hires. Right from the food that we serve on the trek to the toilet tents  and camping toilet seat that we provide, dining tents to a separate camping stools, pre-trek orientation to proper coordination, SOS arrangements, etc - Everything is taken care of with utmost professionalism and expertise of the field.

We have until now worked across the Himalayas of India, Nepal, and Bhutan with tremendous client satisfaction and reviews. From beginner’s trek to that of highly challenging treks and expedition, we have handled it all very efficiently with excellent success rate. We have always kept and delivered our promise of keeping the team small, like-minded, tidy by proper selection and filtration through discussion and with utmost safety and no incidences of mishaps so far due to our proper planning by experts of the field. We are a transparent and flexible organization and have kept our reviews online. You may read our reviews on our Google  Business Page: https://goo.gl/ezyw13 

Photos from Indian Army’s Expedition to Kang Yatse 1 & 2 supported by Team Himalayan High

Detailed Daywise Itinerary For Stok Kangri Summit Trek

Day 1From Delhi To Leh

Quick Information:
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
  • day1 photo - leh city
  • day1 photo - leh cityscape

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
  • day2 photo - acclimatization trek to tsemo monastery
  • day2 photo - acclimatization in leh
  • day2 photo - leh city from leh palace
  • day2 photo - tsemo monastery in leh

Day 3From Leh To Rumbak , Via - Zinchan

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Brief Details Of The Day:

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

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
  • day4 photo - camp at monkormo with stok kangri in background
  • day4 photo - campsite of monkormo
  • day4 photo - monkormo on stok kangri trek

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
  • day5 photo - a beautiful acclimatization day
  • day5 photo - view of stok summit
  • day5 photo - stok kangri seen just ahead from monkormo

Day 6Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

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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
  • day6 photo - the route to stok summit after base camp

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

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Brief Details Of The Day:

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
  • day7 photo - the day dawns as we walk through the night on the summit bid to stok kangri
  • day7 photo - prayer flags on stok summit
  • day7 photo - markha valley seen from stok kangri summit
  • day7 photo - the crevasse on the glacier towards stok kangri
  • day7 photo - relaxed trekkers after successful summit of stok kangri

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
  • day8 photo - heading back to stok village from monkormo
  • day8 photo - near changma
  • day8 photo - stok village in sight

Day 9From Leh To New Delhi

Quick Information:
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • New Delhi: 200 meters / 660 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 1100 Km
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours
  • Day's Activity: Fly out
Brief Details Of The Day: Itinerary and our service ends. You will be dropped to the airport as per plan.
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

Unnatural times call for an unusual response. We at Himalayan High are facing it with even more stringent safety measures to ensure our treks, trekkers, and the local support team are safe. The Covid19 Pandemic has completely changed the way we look at the World and do things. It has changed the way we trek as well. Here is a brief.

  • Small Groups of less than 15 members
  • No Fixed Camps at all. Use a single sleeping bag, mattress & sleeping bag inners throughout the trek without any mixup
  • Sanitized Transportation
  • Contactless Screening of Participants on arrival
  • Contactless Paperwork and Online Booking Procedure
  • Mandatory Sanitization Before Entry
  • Sanitized Accommodation, Linens, Sleeping Bags, etc
  • Sanitized and sun-dried Camping Equipment
  • Monitored Support Crew with extra protection of masks, gloves and frequent use of sanitizers
  • Social Distancing from other unmonitored groups
  • Daily evaluation of Health for Safe Mountain Health
  • Twin Sharing Accommodations on the trek
  • Single tent supplement available
  • Proper Dining Hygiene in Dining Tents
  • Dry Toilets in toilet tents.
  • Covid Hygiene Kit including personal Sleeping Bag Inner for free
  • Precautionary Quarantine Tents On Trek
  • Immunity-Boosting Food Menu and Drinks
  • Filtered, Boiled and Treated Drinking Water

Read more on the following link about our Covid19 safety measures to ensure a safe trek. Safe trekking in the Himalayas during COVID-19

With this protocol, we have resumed our Himalayan Treks.

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+ Quick Info
  • Duration: 8 days/ 8 nights, Leh to Leh
  • Highest Altitude: 6153m
  • Grade: Challenging ( know trek grades )
  • 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)
  • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Leh
  • Mobile Network: BSNL postpaid in Leh and vicinity and from the summit
  • Internet Option: 3g in Leh on BSNL and 2G in vicinity on Airtel
  • Temperatures: -5 to 6 on higher camps
  • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
  • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Tibetan, Ladakhi
+ Short Travel Itinerary

** click on the DayNumber to read detailed itinerary for the day

  • Day 1

    Fly, Rest

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Leh (3500m ) . 2 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive, Trek

    From Leh (3500m ) To Rumbak (4050m ), Via - Zinchan (3400m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Rumbak (4050m )
    Accommodation: Tents/ Homestays
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4


    From Rumbak (4050m ) To Mankorma (4400m ), Via - Stok La (4900m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Mankorma (4400m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5


    From Mankorma (4400m ) To Stok Kangri Base Camp (5050m ) . 2 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Stok Kangri Base Camp (5050m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Overnight In: Stok Kangri Base Camp (5050m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7


    From Stok Kangri Base Camp (5050m ) To Stok Kangri Base Camp (5050m ), Via - Stok Kangri Summit (6153m ) . 10 - 11 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Stok Kangri Base Camp (5050m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8

    Trek, Drive

    From Stok Kangri Base Camp (5050m ) To Leh (3500m ), Via - Mankormo (4400m ), Stok Village (3650m ). 6 - 7 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 9

    Fly out

    Departure Day
    From Leh (3500m ) To New Delhi (200m ) . 2 Hrs. 1100 Kms
    Overnight In: New Delhi (200m )
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
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+ Trek Highlights
  • 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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Good: 5
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+ Cancellation Policy

When Should You Book?

We typically get booked about 3 - 6 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.


(1st OCTOBER 2020 TILL 31st MARCH 2021 )

Considering the uncertainties during the COVID19 pandemic, we have eased our cancellation rules. 

  • Up to 3 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total invoiced amount. No questions asked.
  • 2 days to 1 day before the trek start date - We will either issue you a trek voucher with a value of 100% of the trek fee or refund 85% of the trek fee if you want us to transfer the money back.
  • Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Validity Of The Covid19 Cancellation Policy: The above-listed cancellation rules apply only to bookings for which the trek start date falls between 1st October 2020 till 31st March 2021.

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