Stok Kangeri trekking in Ladakh Himalaya in Jammu & Kashmir

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Uniqueness

  • Trek starting point: Leh
  • Trek ending point: Leh
  • Peak height: 6150 mts / 20170 ft.
  • Trek distance: Around 140 Km round trip
  • Time to trek: 15 - 16 Days
  • Camping site: At the base camps

How to Reach

  • By Road: Leh is well connected to the nearby cities by buses and cabs.
  • By Rail: Jammu is the nearest railway station, which is about 734 km from Leh. Since Leh does not have railway station train travel is not possible. You will wither have to take a bus or hire a cab both of which will take approximately 2 days to reach Leh. You can also hire a bus from Manali (453 km), however, the Manali - Leh road is open only from the months from mid-June to mid-October, due to weather conditions.
  • By Air: Different airline services provide regular services from Leh to Delhi and Srinagar and the tickets are moderately priced.

Things/Equipment to carry

1. Day Pack (Ruck sack) 
2. Cap (Sun hat)
3. Trekking (Hiking) boots with anklets
4. Raincoat or Poncho
5. Small Towel
6. Water Bottle
7. Sun cream / Cold Cream / Lip cream
8. Torch (Flash) light
9. Change of thermal wear / clothes / underwear / Socks
10. Woolen clothes and woolen Socks
11. Batteries
12. Toiletries
13. Light weight wind sheeter / Jacket / Pullover (Sweater)
14. Slippers or Sandals

Itineraries

Day 01): Arrival Delhi 

Day 02): Delhi to Leh (3500 mts/11480 ft.) (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatization)

Day 03): Leh – Shey – Thiksey - Hemis

Day 04): Drive - Lamayuru (3600 mts/11810 ft.) via Alchi (15O kms/ 4-5 hrs.)

Day 05): Lamayuru - Wanla over Prinkti La (3800 mts/12465 ft.)5 hrs.

Day 06): Wanla - Hinju (4 hrs.)

Day 07): Hinju - Sumda over Konzke La (4950 mts/16235 ft.) 7 hrs.

Day 08): Sumda - Base of Dundunchenla (4200 mts/13775 ft.) 3 hrs.

Day 09): Base - Chilling over Dundunchenla (4700 mts/15416 ft.) 6 hrs.

Day 10): Chilling - Shingo (5 - 6 hrs.)

Day 11): Shingo - Ganda La (4700 mts/15416 ft.) 4 hrs.

Day 12): Rumbak Gompa - Stok base (4300 mts/14105 ft.) over Stok La (4900 mts/16072 ft.) 7 hrs.

Day 13 – 15): Climbing Stok Kangri (6130 mts/20107 ft.)

Day 14): Descend to Stok (5 - 6 hrs.)

Day 15): Leh Day 16): Leh—Delhi

Details

Jammu & Kashmir that mothers the provinces of Ladakh and Zanskar ranges, laminated with towering brown and purple mountains; perfectly calls for the most agitating and thrilling trekking opportunities. 

Trekking in Ladakh is one of the most challenging experience to be shared amidst the hard terrains and steeping valleys. One of the most secluded, lush and coldest regions of J&K, Ladakh is filled with so many natural wonders and exciting things to be explored. 

With Srinagar, in the neighboring Kashmir valley that cradles rich green valley; along with the remote Kishtwar region which appears as a sea of marigolds; the Nubra Valley is speckled with purple heather, and all these, in their resplendent beauty brings Ladakh the historic and most appealing touring routes. 

This high altitude desert region is being wide spread at an altitude of 3000 m overlooking explicit monasteries all around with prayer wheels fluttering in the breeze. Above all the most appealing magnetic hill at Leh has much affinity for the trekkers. Pangong, Zanskar and Karakoram ranges ardently bring the most stipulated views for the hard as well easy trekkers. 

Although Ladakh destination is being known for the tougher and challenging zones but it is equally pleasant for the leisure beings as well for the easy trekkers. We are pleased to bring the most exciting trekking routes for the adventurous Ladakh tours that are being shaped in different trekking options right from the easy, moderate and hard treks.

Day 01): Arrival Delhi

Up on arrival at Delhi airport met our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02): Delhi to Leh (3500 mts/11480 ft.)(Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatization)

Take the morning flight for Leh. Check into the guest house and relax the whole day. This is necessary for getting acclimatized. Overnight at the guesthouse.

 

Day 03): Leh – Shey – Thiksey - Hemis 

On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.

Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and

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Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17’Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.

Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.

Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17’Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.

 

Day 04): Drive - Lamayuru (3600 mts/11810 ft.) via Alchi (15O kms/ 4-5 hrs.)

In the morning after breakfast drive Lamayuru via Alchi. Visit the oldest Alchi Monastery and Lamayuru. Dinner and overnight stay in Guest house.

Day 05): Lamayuru - Wanla over Prinkti La (3800 mts/12465 ft.)5 hrs.

From Lamayuru monastery descend towards the village, cross the stream, ascend gradually upward the Prinkti la (3800 m) descend into the gorge, arrive at Shilla, crossing the bridge and reached at Wanla.


Day 06): Ringdom – Padum (5 hrs.) 

In the morning we will drive up to Padum, the starting point of our trek. Enroute we will cross Peni La (4421 mts/14500 ft.) and from here one can find the magnificent view of the Zanskar range. Dinner and overnight stay in tents. 


Day 07): Padum - Zangla (20 kms/7 hrs.) 

In the morning we will set out for our day one trek up to Zangla. Enroute we will Cross the Tsarap River Bridge & the Karsha Gompa. Overnight stay in tents. 

Day 08): Zangla - Sumdo Village (9 kms/3 hrs.) 

After breakfast trek up to Sumdo Village. After few hours of trek we will enter on Zulung valley. On arrival set our camp for overnight stay. In the evening explore the Sumdo village. 

Day 09): Sumdo Village – Camp Site (16 kms/6 hrs.) 

Today we will trek through the Cha Cha La (4950 mts/16236 ft.). One can see the beautiful views of the Himalayan Range. On arrival at camp site set out a camp for overnight stay. 

Day 10): Campsite - Tilat Sumdo (17 kms/7 hrs.) 

After breakfast trek up to Tilat Sumdo. In this day we can find some wild life. The route is full of thrill & adventures. Dinner and overnight stay in camp. 

Day 11): Tilat Sumdo - Base of Rubang La (17 kms/6 hrs.) 

From Tilat Sumdo we will trek up to the base of Rubang La. Here you can see the Yaks & Horses. On arrival set out camp for overnight stay. 


Day 12): Base of Rubang la – Markha Valley (17 kms/ 6 hrs.)

Today we will cross the Rubang La (5020 mts/16465 ft.) and finally reach one of the most popular valley in Ladakh region; Markha valley. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

Day 12): Base of Rubang la – Markha Valley (17 kms/ 6 hrs.)

Today we will cross the Rubang La (5020 mts/16465 ft.) and finally reach one of the most popular valley in Ladakh region; Markha valley. Dinner and overnight stay in camp. 


 

Day 13): Markha Valley- Thochuntse (12 kms/5 hrs.) 

This day we will trek the part of the Zanskar gorge. After few hours we will cross the Markha River. Dinner and overnight stay in camp. 

Day 14): Thochuntse - Nimaling (7 kms/3 hrs.) 

Highlights: The Nimaling Plains & the Mani walls and Chortens that dot the trail. Also a side trip to the base of the Kangyaze peak (6000 mts) is possible. 

Day 15): Nimaling - Sumdo (18 km/7 - 8 hrs.) 

In the morning trek to Sumdo. Enroute we will cross the Kongmaru La (5150 mts/16892 ft.) highest pass on the trek, we can see the entire Ladakh and Indus Valley. Dinner and overnight stay in camp. 


 

Day 16): Sumdo - Hemis - Leh (10 kms/3 hrs.) 

In the morning we will trek up to Hemis Monastery. On arrival at Hemis, visit the monastery and later drive to Leh. Overnight stay in Guest House. 

Day 17): Leh 

The day is for relaxation. Overnight stay in Guest house. 

Day 18): Leh – Delhi 

In the morning take a flight for Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi transfer to hotel. By night depart for international airport. 



Source: trekkinginindia

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Saroshi Nahak
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ARTICLE SUMMARY
ACTIVITIES
  • Continent: Asia
  • Country: India
  • State: Jammu and Kashmir
  • Zone: north
  • Region: Himalayan Range,Ladakh (Leh-Ladakh) Region
  • Destination: Leh-Ladakh
  • Getaways:
  • Location: Leh
  • Season: jan, feb, mar, apr, may, june, sept, oct, nov, dec
  • DURATIONS
    - 16 DAYS

    DIFFICULTY
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