Stok Kangri climb via Ripchar valley -  17 days           13 days of Trek

Climb of 6000m trekking peak, view of Karakoram, Ladakh, Zanskar range & Indus valley tour

Trip Route: Leh - Lamayuru - Hinju - Kongski La - Sumdah - Dundunchan La - Skyang la - Palam - Ganda La - Stok La - Stok Kangri - Leh

Trip Facts

Ladakh region, Jammu Kashmir, India
Trip Length: 17 days New Delhi to Delhi, Trip Length: 14 days Leh to Leh, 12 days of trek, 13 nights of camp
Trip starts: Leh. Trip Ends: Leh, Grade: Moderate to strenuous, Max. Elevation: 6153m
Best Season: June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Group size: Min 2 - Max 12

Meals - All meals during the trek 

 

After boarding flight from Delhi and arriving straight on the middle of the Himalayas at Leh, the capital of "Little Tibet", as Ladakh is known for its Buddhist dominated culture. Three days you will discover in thin air for the purpose of height adjustment or acclimasation, the environment of Leh and Ladakh gain by impressions of the landscape with its rugged, desert-like mountain ranges and the green oases of fertile meadows and fields. You will visit the Royal Palace in Shey and Thiksey and Hemis monasteries of. Then we set off for nine days trek. The trail entertaining along rivers, through Tibetan-looking mountains with glacier-covered 6000m peaks and remote villages, where you can experience the lifestyle of Ladakhi. Well adapted to the height

On this trip we will learn the landscapes, culture and people of Ladakh. Our 12 days trek starts at Hinju. We drive along the Indus River to make visits of Alchi – one of the few remaining monasteries from the 11th century. Continue drive to Lamayuru through a lunar landscape. Finally arriving at Hinju where our actual trek starts.  Further crossing of small pass, meadows, through tiny and beautiful villages. Than climb to the 4950m pass of Kongski La and further down to River valley with next crossing of Dundunchan La to Chilling. Along the Zanskar River to Choksti (3210m). We climb very steeply out of Choksti. Crossing the Palam peak (5380m) descent to Ganda La (4800m) in to Rumbak valley and across Stok La to Stok. Where our trip ends.

Option: Making Choksti a base camp for climbing Stok Kangri by adding further 3 days of this trip. Stok Kangri climbing is not technically difficult and is worth with a magnificent view of the Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain range

Trip Introduction

Highlights

Meet the Ladakhi culture & Landscapes
Visiting the most beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the Indus Valley
12 Day trekking tour through villages, over mountain passes and alpine meadows
Passing yak herds we walk through green alpine pastures, crossing narrow passes and spend the night by the brook, or on pastures.

Included in the price

  • 13 nights camp with all camping facilities, 2 men spacious sleeping tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, dining tent, toilet tent, 

  • All meals: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine. Transportation to and from per itinerary and sight-seeing trip. Support staff, well English, Tibetan, Hindi speaking local guide, cook and Trekking mules with one riding horse. Medical first aid support.

Not included

  • Hotel accommodation in Leh, Personal insurances. Mineral water and soft drinks.

  • Entrance fee at monasteries. Personal tipping to staff. Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule

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Outline Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Leh (3500m) by Morning flight from Delhi (230m): acclimatizing day – visit local market, Leh palace, Sankar and Shanti stupa
Day 2: Acclimatize: Visit Shey – Thiksey – Taktok - Chemdey - Hemis - Matho - Stok

 

Day 3: Drive Leh to Alchi – Lamayuru (3364m)- Wanla (3090m) - Hinju (3738m), 5-6 hrs. (Camp1)
Day 4: Trek to Kongski La (4950m) – Sumda Chenmo Dok (4100m), 6-7 hrs. (Camp 2)
Day 5: Trek to Lanak (4300m) foot of Dundunchan La, 5-6 hrs.  (Camp 3)
Day 6: Trek to Dundunchan La (4800m) – Chilling (3180m), 6-7 hrs. (Camp 4)
Day 7: Drive to Choksti (3210m), Trek to Choksti dok (4250m), 5 hrs (Camp 5)
Day 8: Trek to  base of Palam (5030m), 6 hrs. (Camp 6)
Day 9: At base climb to Kang La or Phe peak (5260m) (Camp 7)
Day 10: Trek to Skyangs La (5040m) - Palam peak (5360m) – Ganda la (4900m) - Base (4400m), 6-7 hrs. (Camp 8)
Day 11: Trek to Yurutse - Rumbak (4050m) – Base Stok La (4300m), 6 /7 hrs (Camp 9)
Day 12: Trek to Stok La (4900m) – Mankarmo (4380m), 5/6 hrs (Camp 10)
Day 13: Trek to Base camp (4900 m) 3/4 hrs. (Camp 11)
Day 14: At base camp (Camp 12)
Day 15: Trek to Stok Kangri (6153 mtrs) 10/11 hrs.  (Camp 13)
Day 16: Trek to Stok, 5 hrs, drive to Leh.  


Day 17: Flight to Delhi and home.  

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TREKKING TOUR

LAMAYURU - CHILLING - ZINGCHEN - STOK KANGRI

DURATION: 14 Days

START/END: 16.7. - 29.7.2015

GROUP: 8 AUSTRIANS (GMUNDEN)

“OVERALL we were very satisfied with the professional organization of the tour. In perticulara food was excellent* and equipment were above average. The crew was very friendly and helpful. Unexpected circumstances (weather, landslides) were managed professionaly by the guide. * (Variety of tasteful Indian and Nepali food). HIGHLIGHTS: Trek Lanaq - Chilling (wonderful landscape with wonderful stones). Trek: Last day to Stok La BC and Stok Kangri "

Mr HOLZMANN, Mr BERGTHALER - GMUNDEN - AUSTRIA - 29 July 2015

Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 1: Arrive at Leh (3500m) by Morning flight from Delhi (230m): acclimatize – visit local market, Leh palace, Sankar and Shanti stupa

Today morning early transfer or drive to domestic airport for the flight to Leh, but spectacular flight over the Himalaya to Leh. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude of 3500m as well as visit Leh bazaar. visit the Royal Palace of Leh from the 16th century, continue through the fields of Sankar monastery , which is adjoins the north Leh. Finally end with climb to the Shanti Stupa. Overnight in hotel.

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Day 2: Acclimatize: Visit Shey – Thiksey – Taktok - Chemdey - Hemis - Matho - Stok

After breakfast,  we drive to visit Shey first, than Thiksey. Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa School in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built it in 14th century. Here you can see the big statue of the Future Buddha.  Continue to Taktok and Chemdey and return back to visit Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes 90 minute drive. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal builds this biggest monastery in 16th century. Continue to Matho than we drive to Stok which is situated opposite of Leh at a distance of 14 kms, At Stok visit of Royal Palace built during 1825 AD and palace has great collections of antiquity. Continue to visit Matho situated 10 kms from Stok, which has 10th century complex. Finally we drive back to Leh 

Day 3: Drive Leh to Alchi – Lamayuru (3364m)- Wanla (3090m) - Hinju (3738m), 5-6 hrs. (Camp 1)

Today you drive Leh – Srinagar highway, along the Indus River to Lamayuru which is 126kms from Leh. Enroute visit to Alchi village which is one of the oldest remaining monastery of 11th century. Arrive Lamayuru and visit the monastery. This monastery was constructed by Arahat Nimagung in between 10th and 11th century. History says that in the 11th century, the Mahasidha Naropa visited this place and the cave where he resided and meditated is still to be seen inside the monastery. After the visit, drive back till small monastery on the bank of Yapola River. Leaving behind highway, you enter in awesome Yapola valley. Continue drive along the road as far as wanla – Phanji La where you take left valley upto last portion of road. Hinju is not far from here. We walk for about an hour along the Ripchar valley to reach the small campsite near the river. Overnight camp at Hinju.

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Day 4: Trek to Kongski La (4950m) – Sumda Chenmo Dok (4100m), 6-7 hrs. (Camp 2)

From camp you go along with the river. At the end of the river, you pass through the nomadic summer camp of village of Hinju and then steep ascent to the Kongski la. While enjoying the landscape of the surrounding wonderful mountains and valley, gently ascend to the pass. From the top, you enjoy awe inspiring view of landscape of the enchanting valley far flung view next day's passes to cross. Easy and gentle descent down in the valley and continue down as far as Sumdochenmo dok. Possible to see troupe of Yaks. Overnight camp near the small River.

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Day 5: Trek to Lanak (4300m) foot of Dundunchan La, 5-6 hrs.  (Camp 3)

After breakfast, start the trek along with the riverside and gorges. On the way, you pass across a beautiful and charming village with few houses known as Sumdachenmo. Visit local house and take some refreshment after then continue trek on right-side down in the splendid valley as far as River. Cross the small river, then gradually climb up to the steep pass. Enjoy the view of superb and spectacular mountains and valley from the top. Cross the pass, you keep on easy and gentle trek as far as Dundunchen base with awe inspiring view. You may be able to see domestic and wild animals around here. Overnight camp at Lanak.

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Day 6: Trek to Dundunchan La (4800m) – Chilling (3180m), 6-7 hrs. (Camp 4)

Morning after breakfast, right from the camp gradually ascend up towards the Dundunchan pass. You pass across Shepherds, displaying their handmade skills and things and asking you to buy their products, of Chilling village while climbing the pass. From the pass, you everlasting lost landscape of surrounding valleys and snow clad peak of huge towering stunning mountains. Enjoy the unforgettable scenery of Awe inspiring view of massif peak of Kangyatse (6400m) and Stok Kangri (6153m).Easy steep descend, with imposing view of surrounding spectacular valleys and Zanskar River, as far as riverbed to cross the river 2 to 3 times up to Chilling. Late afternoon, explore village, its famous craftsmen and visit monastery and local house. Overnight camp at Chilling.

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Day 7: Drive to Choksti (3210m), Trek to Choksti dok (4250m), 5 hrs (Camp 5)

Leave camp after breakfast for Choksti. Easy trek through stunning and exquisite gorges along left bank of downstream Zanskar. Cross motor bridge then turn right and take villager trail that leads to Choksti village. Continue easy ascend few minutes towards the beautiful small village Choksti (few houses). Explore the culture of village by visiting local house. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the valley and surrounding huge spectacular mountains.From Choksti it goes slowly but consistently upward in the Stok Range Mountains. A fairly hard first days walking as we climb very steeply out of Choksi. As we ascend the valley narrows and becomes more and more spectacular. Looking back we can see the magnificent rock formations of the Ladakh Mountains. The dramatic mountains in various shades of purples, greens and browns can be seen for miles in every direction. The last trees and shrubs remain, barren, wild high mountain scenery surrounds you, and only along the watercourses thrives vibrant green. With a little luck you can watch the first mountain goats, marmots and Blue Sheep’s today. The tents are on a beautiful green square in the Choktsi dok. Anyone who wants can still take a trip to a lookout point with around 4480 m altitude after tea. Overnight camp at Choksti Dok.

Day 8: Trek to  base of Palam (5030m), 6 hrs. (Camp 6)

A short stage leads through fascinating landscapes with colorful rock formations that are so typical of Ladakh. Up to just below the Kang La base (4900), again with extensive views of the five peaks of the Ladakh-group in the north, beyond the Indus Valley. We are not alone up here: marmots, blue sheep, mountain goats and Dzos (crossing yak / cow) keep us company. In the vast alpine meadows to find edelweiss, are our tents in the middle ... After lunch is still a trip to a 5056 m high ridge possible, which offers a view from Indus valley with Leh to Stok Kangri. This is one of the most spectacular wild camps with great views across to the Karakoram.

Day 9: At base climb to Kang La or Phe peak (5260m) (Camp 7)

Day 10: Trek to Skyangs La (5040m) - Palam peak (5360m) – Ganda la (4900m) - Base (4400m), 6-7 hrs. (Camp 8)

Today is a hard day as we cross our first pass. The climb is a long ascent, which is gradual at first with a last steep rocky section to the top of the Kang La (5,260m). The paths are little used and can be indistinct. From the top of the pass we have the opportunity to walk up Palam Peak (5,380m) for views second only to the view from the summit of Stok Kangri. Ahead we can now see the summit of Stok Kangri and in the distance is Leh. Behind us the Ladakh Range and Himalaya can be seen for miles. From the top we descend a little and then contour round into the next valley. As the trail contours round the top of the valley we have great views across to Stok Kangri. Descending a short way we have another magnificent wild high camp at 4,900m for acclimatisation with views across to Stok Kangri. (Please note that occasionally if the weather is bad or there is no water we cannot camp here and have to continue on and camp below the Ganda La).

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Day 11: Trek to Yurutse - Rumbak (4050m) – Base Stok La (4300m), 6 /7 hrs (Camp 9)

An easy day today after the exertions of yesterday. We contour round the valley and on up to our second pass, the Ganda La (4,800m). This pass provides access into the Markha Valley. Today awaits us, as a reward for the day yesterday, again a shorter trip. From the pass we descend into a beautiful valley and met the picturesque hamlet Yurutse, 4150 m, in the midst of a green oasis is located. Further down we cross the river on a wooden bridge and go to the idyllic village Rumbak, 4000 m, turn a green oasis in the majestic Stok Mountains. You can explore the village and Gompa. Especially impressive is the way of life adapted to the nature of the Ladakhis, who live mainly by agriculture throughout the year. The way on leads out from Rumbak the next camp, with a small stream and overlooking the Stok La pass.

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Day 12: Trek to Stok La (4900m) – Mankarmo (4380m), 5/6 hrs (Camp 10)

Leaving camp we cross the Stok La (4,900m), our last pass of the trek. At first we trek on a beautiful, gently sloping trail, but then the path becomes steeper and steeper as it zigzags up to the top of the pass. Rock flutes rise all around us, home to the elusive snow leopard. From the top the views are even more spectacular; layer upon layer of multicoloured rock cathedrals are spread before us in every direction. The descent is very steep at first and then we contour round two valleys to the junction with the river coming down from Stok Kangri. Continue along the river to campsite at Mankarmo.

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Day 13: Trek to Base camp (5000 mtrs) 3/4 hrs. (Camp 11)

From Munikarmo we climb straight up the moraine which stands above camp. There are few, very small crevasses which are crossed easily. Overnight camping.

Day 14: At base camp (Camp 12)

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Day 15: Trek to Stok Kangri (6153 mtrs) 10/11 hrs.  (Camp 13)

Today an early start to climb to summit. This peak does not require any technical mountaineering capability. Our route initially crosses scree and boulder slopes and then leads to easy angled snow slopes which require ice axe, rope and crampons. The route is not difficult but at this altitude it will be strenuous. From the summit of Stok Kangri (6153m), we could see as far as the Karakoram ranges, Lartse peak and Gelup Kangri and of course Leh city.  Retrace your step way back to base-camp or all the way to Munikarmo.

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Day 16: Trek to Stok, 5 hrs, drive to Leh.  

Keeping on the left bank of the Stok Nallah, the trail descends, going past the jagged ruins of the Staklang Kar fort. At its base is a thick grove of willow. The trail is well worn, being used for the summer movement of cattle and sheep to the higher pastures. The small gorge opens on to an alluvial plain. The trail through apricot orchards and barley fields, ending at the village of Stok and the Ladakh Sarai. There should be time to visit Stok Palace and Museum while we wait for our jeep. Then an hour drive to Leh, and overnight stay at hotel

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Day 17: Flight to Delhi and home.  
Early morning drive to airport and flight to Delhi and onwards flight to home.