Stok Kangri Trek
Stok Kangri trek is the most challenging, famous and the best treks of the Ladakh area. It is the highest peak of the Ladakh area and one of the highest ranges of the Himalayas. From this peak, you can view the entire Indus Valley and the Zanskar valley. Already Leh is a beautiful place having cultural beauty and natural exquisiteness and because of this, the Stok Kangri trek becomes even more beautiful. The altitude of this trek is quite high but reaching the top point of this trek would only take around 3 days which is not possible with the other Himalayan treks.But the trek is going to be quite challenging as the main summit will be a long stretch glacier, immense chilly winds flowing, the air becoming thin and the oxygen supply getting weaker.
You would be crossing the barren grey landscape of Leh area and will be crossing green fields, gorgeous glaciers, steep slopes and beautiful chilly water bodies. The adventurers would be thrilled by the sight of the mountains while trekking in this area. The trail of this trek includes deserted surroundings, countless ridges, lofty mountains and green fields. The trail is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in India and it is considered to be one of the most captivating places in the country. As we told, trekkers are going to trek their dreamlike destination at this one. With each trail, one could see the scenery changing at this trek. And especially during the winters, the beauty of this place is unmatchable as the mountain peak is covered with thick snow. Once you reach the summit, you will be able to see the Indus Valley and Zanskar completely.
Permission and Permits
Before going to trek any Himalayan destination including the Stok Kangri trek, you need to take permission and the permit of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) to let your Himalaya trekking expedition go smooth. It takes one day to issue this permit.
These permits and permissions are really important to take before going on any Indian trek because they are ones who give you the authority to enter a certain region.
If you are going on a trekking expedition through a trekking company then they take these permissions on your behalf and sort your issues.
They take the permission for the whole troop. These things make it easier and better to go for any trek in a group that too through trek service providers.
All costs of permissions/permits are included in the package. Even our professionals would do this on your behalf and take all the required permissions.
But the trekkers need to carry their id proofs, and the non-Indian trekkers also need to carry their passports.
You must also take your medical certificate along with you to prove that you are fit enough to go on this trek.
Things to Carry
- Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
- Sunglasses, Light gloves
- Sleeping bag
- Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
- One liter water bottles wide mouthed
- Trekking Boots
- Water purification/filter
- Camp shoes/sneakers
- Walking stick/Trekking pole
- Cotton socks
- Note book with pens and pencils
- Gore-Tex jacket
- Lip balm
- Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
- Down jacket/vest
- Camp towel/towel/sarong
- Fleece jacket/vest
- Personal toiletries
- Personal medicines
- Money pouch/belt
- Trekking pants
- Energy bars
- Thermal tops
- Vitamin tablets
- Thermal bottom
- Extra passport photos
- Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
- Sun hat/baseball cap
- Wind and rain-gear with hood
- Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
- One pair cotton trousers or shorts
- Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Stok Kangri Trek is between May and mid-October. During this time, the weather in Ladakh is pleasant and the average temperature ranges between 20 and 30°C in the daytime. July and August are the ideal months for Sham Valley trek as during these months Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways also opens for private vehicles.
How to Reach
By Air:- Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the main airport in Leh City. It has a number of flights that connect Leh with Delhi as well as with few major cities of India.
By Road:-Leh is connected to the rest of India by two highways: NH 1D (Srinagar-Leh Highway) and Manali-Leh Highway. The Srinagar-Leh Highway passes through Kargil and Zoji-La (3505m), whereas Leh-Manali Highway passes through famed Rohtang Pass and Tanglang La (5325m). It also passes through the upland desert plateau of Rupshu whose altitude ranges from 3,660 m to 4,570 m.