Stok Kangri Expedition 2018 (OELMEX)This climb to the magical Stok Kangri will provide you with a thrilling adventure, trekking through the beautifully rugged terrains, cross gorgeous glaciers and maneuver your way through steep and mesmerizing ridges, as you make your way to the summit.
Leh / Martselang / Chodo / Gyuncho La / Shang la / Matho Phu / Stok kangri Base Camp
Day 01 Leh to Martselang to Chogdo (3-4 Hrs)
After Breakfast drive to Martselang and start trekking to Chogdo. Overnight in Camp.
Day 02 Chogdo - Gyuncho La (4600 m) - Camp at 4350 m in 6- 7 h.
From now on, we will follow a new and rarely traveled route through the valleys to the east of our objective. Today, we turn towards the west into a tributary valley that leads after a long and gradual ascent to the Gyuncho La. We descent a few meters bellow to establish our campsite.
Day 03 Camp at 4350 m - Shang La (4800 m)- Matho Phu (4350 m) in 6 h.
Today, we will cross many spurs and minor passes with occasional views northwards towards the Indus Valley and the peaks beyond. We climb up to the Shang La and then descend to the Tokpo River. Afterwards we will trek downhill to a nice camping place.
Day 04 Matho Phu - Mato La (4820 m) -Stok Kangri Base Camp (4700 m) in 5 hrs: At the pass, colourful prayer flags flap in the wind, with the Zanskari range in the background. Afterwards, we descend steadily along the Jingchan River. We get great views towards the Stock summit and the Stok Kangri (6121m).
Day 05 Summit day (Approx. 8-9 hours to base-camp). Our route initially crosses scree and boulder slopes, and then leads to easy angled snow slopes, which require ice axe and crampons. The route is not difficult but at this altitude, it will be strenuous. From the summit of Stok Kangri (6116m), we should see as far as the Karakoram, the Pamirs and Tibet. If it's warm enough we'll rest and recover some energy on top before descending to base-camp.
Day 06 Stok Kangri Base Camp - Leh (5 h walk to Stok). All downhill and through wild gorge scenery. There should be time to visit Stok Palace and museum while we wait for our jeeps. Then an hour's drive across the Indus valley to the comforts of the guesthouse in Leh.