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Stok Kangri Peak Trek Expedition



9 days 8 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

12 people


English, Hindi


  • Region: Ladakh
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult
  • Trek Distance:
  • Highest Altitude: 6123 meters
  • Pick Up Point: Leh
  • Closest Railway Station: Chandigarh
  • Closest Airport: Leh
  • Closest Bus Stand: Leh
  • Best Time: June-September
  • No. of Days: 9
  • Overview
  • Stok Kangri is considered as one of the most renowned trekkable peaks in the Himalayas with a staggering height of 6123 meters/ 20100 feet above sea level. Stok Kangri is the highest mountain of Stok range in the Ladakh region and is higher than the highest mountains of two continents which are Europe and Africa, so, it attracts adventure and thrill seekers from far and wide. Renowned as the crown jewel of the Himalayas as it provides hundreds of local Ladakhis livelihood as guides, cooks, helpers and porters on trek. It is the perfect starting point for mountaineers to begin their journey as it requires no technical climbing skills to summit the mountain. But be warned this trek is no way for beginners as the summit day gives a tough test to any individual while walking and climbing on rocky and glacial terrain for 6 hours and then carefully maneuvering through the ridgeline for 2 hours to finally reach the summit. As the trek starts from Leh, it gives the participants full opportunity to explore. Doing local sightseeing in the hustling and bustling market or visiting one of the highest motorable roads in the world, Ladakh is simply the best option for adventure seekers. Experiencing a climb above 6000 meters is a feeling like no other and Stok Kangri being one the highest trekkable peaks of the country. Witness the alien-like scenery of Ladakh and climb to the highest point of the Stok range.


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Preparation for Stok Kangri Peak Trek Expedition

As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.

So here are some aspects regarding Hampta Pass Trek preparation:

Physically – A trek demands physical endurance, to prepare for each trek you should work out a month before joining a program.  Build up the adequate strength in your legs by running and exercising every day to boost up your endurance. Stop smoking and boost your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trek. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.

Mentally – Mental preparation is key, equally as important as physical training requisite for a trek. Before joining any trek take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trek. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind. Because pre trek assumptions are not worthy because once you join the trek and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trek conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you trek. When you trek try to relax your body, especially your hips. If you’re on a winding downhill trail or on a panicking slant, think of each step as part of a simple dance and enjoy the natural rhythms that the terrain and your body can find together cautiously. Experiment with different ways of walking as a way of finding enjoyment beyond the goal of reaching a destination. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.

Technically- Gear up yourself with perfect size trekking shoes and walk with it. Use 60ltr. Backpack in a daily routine with some weight inside it, so you become used to carrying loads. Buy a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, trousers, poncho,  flip flops, electronics such as power bank, camera (DSLR or digital camera).

Itinerary for Stok Kangri Peak Trek Expedition

Day 1: Arrival at Leh
You will be informed about the details of the hotel that you are staying in prior to the trek. Check in to your hotel on the starting day of the trek where you will be received by our trek leader when everyone arrives. There will be a briefing session which will be conducted about all the information you require to climb Stok Kangri. After which you will hand over a photocopy of your photo ID proof, medical form and undertaking form which are required to get the permit. The rest of the day is for you to acclimatize to the altitude and enjoy the local sights of Leh.

Day 2: Acclimatization at Leh
After having tea at your hotel we will begin with our acclimatization walk at 7 am sharp. We will gain altitude by either hiking to Shanti Stupa or Shey palace. Remember to drink loads of water as it helps to acclimatize better and keeps bodily functions normal even in high altitude. After the acclimatization walk you have the rest of the day to explore and finish any kind of last minute shopping which you might require for the trek. We recommend that you visit Khardung La as it is situated above an altitude of 17,500 feet so it will help the body while gaining altitude.

Day 3: Drive from Leh to Stok village then Trek to Chang Ma
The first days of the trek begins today, after having breakfast at our hotel and take our packed lunch which will energize us during the trek. After which we will board our vehicle which will take us to Stok village from where our journey on foot will begin. The initial part of the trek starts with gradual ascent. We will even pass a few stupas on the way. Make sure to always pass from the left side of the stupas as it is considered auspicious according to Buddhist traditions. After an hour of trekking the route diverges into two. One which requires us to climb on top of a pass and then climb back down again and the other takes through the Stok River. We determine which route to take based on the water level of the village. We will break for lunch in between and finally reach our campsite around 3 pm in the afternoon. We will be served tea and snacks at the campsite after which we will depart for our acclimatization walk. It is important for you to move around and acclimatize as we gain altitude during the trek. Overnight stay at Chang Ma campsite.

Day 4: Chang Ma to Mankormo
After morning tea and freshening up we will do a bit of light stretching to warm up for our day ahead. We depart for our trek after breakfast. The initial part of the climb is steep, after which we will reach the top of Chang Ma pass. From there we will descend and join the trail along the Stok river. The color of the river is a mix of purple and brown due to the color of the soil which gets dissolved in it. As we move along the river the trail diverges into two. One going towards Rumbak valley and the other which will take us to Mankormo. The distance of the trek today is not that much but we prefer to gain altitude gradually so that our bodies can acclimatize better. We will be served hot lunch at Mankormo campsite today and then after tea we will go for our acclimatization walk. Overnight stay at Mankormo campsite.

Day 5: Mankormo to Base Camp
We will leave our campsite after having our morning warm up session. The trail will take us along the Stok river and many times we will have to keep crossing the river to move along the mountain. The last bit of the trek is steep and consumes a lot of energy because of the gradient and altitude. The area around the climb is full of Marmots and Pikas which you can hear or sight during the trek. After reaching the campsite we will set camp and have lunch. After tea and snacks in the evening we will leave for our acclimatization walk to the flag point. From there you will be able to see Stok Kangri clear and right in front of you. Take a good glance of the Great Mountain and come back down to the campsite for dinner and rest. Overnight stay at Stok Kangri Base Camp.

Day 6: Acclimatization and Practice
We reserve this day for rest and acclimatization along with practice of techniques that you will be applying while climbing the peak. We will start our day with some Pranayamas or breathing exercises. Our training will commence after breakfast is done. Firstly you will be allotted the equipment like ice axe, crampons, snow boots and helmet. Then we will head for the more difficult slopes where we will practice techniques like roping up, ascending and descending on snow and self arrest in case of fall. We will return and have an early lunch. Try and rest your body as much as you can as the summit push will start late at night and you need to give your very best. The wake call for the evening will be at 9 pm and you will be served porridge, Maggie and coffee before you leave for the summit.

Day 7: Summit Attempt
The day of reckoning has already begun; we leave at 11 pm the previous night. We come to the dining tent, everyone ready with our equipment and all set to leave for the summit. After a quick meal of Maggie, porridge and coffee the trek leader will give his final words of motivation and advice before departing for the summit. The initial part of the route is the same which we took for acclimatization and climb up the steep rocky and dusty path to the flag point. From then onwards the actual techniques required for the successful climb of the mountain begins. We traverse on a 60 degree slope and make our way on the trail and after some careful navigation we reach the point which was originally used as Advance Base camp for the summit attempt. We will take a short break and then move on ahead towards Stok Glacier. This is composed of hard ice and has small crevasses which you need to jump over. Moving ahead the most difficult part of the trek arrives, the 60 degree slope which we will have to zig zag and climb. The long treacherous procedure of climbing can be quite draining so keep your energy and motivation on a positive note and you will be able to conquer this task. After 3 long hours of climbing using the zig zag route we will reach the shoulder of the Stok Kangri welcoming us with prayer flags. From here onwards the route gets very tricky and cautiously maneuvering a route on the narrow ridgeline. With the summit approaching, the ridgeline takes 2 hours to cross. The summit is laden with prayer flags. On a clear day the Karakoram range is visible and if you are lucky then you can spot Mt. K2 as well. We take the same route back to Base camp. Have dinner and take a much needed rest to go back down to Leh.

Day 8: Base Camp to Stoke Village then Drive to Leh
Reliving the route we took to the mountains we take the same route back to Stok village where our vehicles will take us back to civilization and to our hotel where we can enjoy a shower and a warm bed after days of tiresome trekking. Rejoice in the evening with your fellow teammates and trek lead as the trek is officially over and memories to take back and many lessons learnt.

Things To Pack

Trekking Shoes: Decent trekking shoes with a good grip and ankle support are required. Carry no sport shoes.

Clothing: Warm garments, such as three-layer coats, fleece, or down feather jackets, are required. Carry one or two full-sleeved t-shirts. Carry cotton and trek pants ideal for trekking for your lowers. For trekking, do not bring jeans or shorts.

Thermals: Keep top and bottom thermals on hand.

Socks: Bring two or three pairs of sports socks, as well as woollen socks to wear at night.

A headlamp/led torch is required.

Sunglasses: To protect yourself from the sun in the snow, you should use UV-protected sunglasses.

Woolen hats and gloves are also recommended due to the cold weather. Carry waterproof gloves because they will become wet in the snow.

Lunchbox & Water Bottle: Each participant should bring their own lunch box, spoon, and water bottle.

Raincoats/ponchos: Snowfall and rain are prevalent at high altitudes, and it is important to carry a poncho to avoid getting wet.

Documents Required:

a) Registration Form
b) Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor) 
c) NOC form (by trekker) 
d) 2 Passport size photos 
e) Photocopy of Valid I.D. (PAN is not allowed)


  • Highly advanced, Professional & certified mountaineering (Instructor/guide) from Himalayan Adventure Trips.
  • Skilled local Guide who has ample knowledge of the route.
  • Vegetarian meals on the Climbing. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
  • HAF/LAF/Porters/mules for carrying common equipment's (like rations/tents/utensils/and Central climbing Equipment)
  • Equipment's – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mattress/ Sleeping bag Inner
  • During Trek & Expedition we will provide you Dome/Alpine/High Altitude tents on twin sharing basis. Camping mattresses, kitchen tent, dining tent, camping stool etc. would be provided.
  • High Altitude Porters to ferry loads, set up high camps, fix ropes etc.
  • Climbing Guide’s support up to Summit
  • Butane gas bottle for high altitude cooking
  • Meals: In Hotel only breakfast will served. While on trek all meals will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
  • High Altitude meal: We will use tin packed food in high altitude.
  • Basic First aid Kit with portal oxygen.
  • Forest Permits, wild life fee and camping charges.
  • State Government Fees.
  • Personal Porters for carrying Climber’s backpacks
  • Air fare
  • Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Group Gears for climbing e.g. rope, pitons, snow bars, crabs etc
  • Individual Climbing Gears and clothing; special individual mountain diet if any
  • Inner Line Permit.
  • Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
  • Purchases of personal natures (like Alcohol, Soft drink, mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
  • Food to/from the trailhead.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Travel insurance.
  • IMF Permissions, Royalty and Registration.
  • Liaison Officer Cost (included for foreign expedition only)
  • GST of 5%.


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Nikhil Nake

This group vibe is totally of different world. Join them and make your adventure memorable.🤩🏞️ Maninder and his team who managed our whole tour along with daily updates is so much to Thank for. Trekking Stok Kangri dream is completed because of this teams wonderful efforts. Will definitely recommend all for future adventures.❤️
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Stok is dream long cherished and thanks to HAT. for helping me complete it. Like any other successful peak submission it takes few critical things in place to complete it (apart from your individual preparation). 1. A good team of trekkers (was ensured by HAT through sufficient checks and balances in place before they take onboard an participant). Helped alot to make a great and strong team. 2. Trek leaders - (Technically fit and full of energy) - We got 2 trek leaders and both were competent and most important the super motivating. Summits push generally happens because of hunger of Trek leaders for summits.This team had that hunger and that made the real difference. Of course they were able to balance this hunger with sense of safety which is commendable . Barring few communucation gap on the safety procedures (may not actual gaps) , everything was smooth. Trek planning was great keeping minute things in place . 3. Facilities and gears : Gears given to us were of great quality and facilities provided were at par with market standards. I definitely recommend HAT for this trek so far as they dedicate their best (motivated) man for the job. Entire team (participant + TL + Support staff) deserve an applaud for this effort.
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gurramv Kumar

Me along with 3 of my friends have booked a trek to Stok Kangri in the first week of September. It was a very wonderful trekking experience with HAT.. The trek leader and other staff had been extremely helpful throughout the journey. In comparison to the other trekking parties, HAT made it feel special and more personal. Loved the overall experience.
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