Stok Kangri - 6140 metersStok Kangri or Kanglachen is one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Indian Himalayas and its proximity to Leh makes it very accessible. Easy to climb from the north side, the shortest time required is 4-5 days. It is not a technical climb and in season requires no advanced mountaineering equipment. Although one should have enough time to acclimatise in Leh before Climbing Stok Kangri.
Best Season: Mid July to Mid September
Leh / Stok / Summit / Stok / Leh
Day 01 Leh to Stok to Mankarmo
Morning drive to Stok village is about 15 kms from Leh. Start walking from the trekking point along the stream. It is long and cumbersome walk through the valley. There are many shepherd camps in the different entrances of the sub valleys. The Mankarmo Camp is at the point from where the valley turns southward. It is possible to trek up to the first base camp in a day, but to get acclimatized it is recommended to make it in two days. The Camp at Mankarmo is on the river bed. There are no toilet facilities.
Day 02 Mankarmo to Base Camp
Keep walking in the same direction for around 30 minutes and then head towards southward. It involves crossing the stream at several points during the forward march. You reach at the camp after vertical ascent. Take care of your food and cloths from animal around. Overnight in Camp.
Day 03 Spare or Acclamatization Day
Full rest for acclamatization or Spare in case of Bad wehather. Today you can also walk up to the advance base camp for acclimatization. The trail leads you towards west and then southward from the top of the hill. You will be passing through a few glaciers before you reach the advance base camp from where you start crossing the glacier. Overnight in Camp.
Day 04 Base Camp to Summit to Base Camp
Keep your torch and other climbing gears ready before you set off early morning around at least by 4 am so that you get in time at the advance base camp and then wait till the day breaks for enough light to do the climbing. Start crossing the glacier towards south-east and then climb the peak to the western side. There are two ways to go up, one from the right side of the glacier, which is more technical and on the left side trail is easier having steps of rocks to do the summit. You can follow the same route back to the camp.
Day 05 Base Camp to Stok to Leh
Morning after the breakfast walk down to Stok and drive to Leh.