This outstanding trek to the summit of India's magnificent
mountain, Stok Kangri, (6,114m/20,130ft) is the perfect challenge for
trekkers who want to summit an Indian Himalayan Peak. It is one of the
main peaks of the Zansker range, situated in the fascinating region of
Ladakh. This high and arid landscape has captured the imagination of
travellers since it first opened to visitors in 1974. The expedition
travels through remote valleys, scattered high villages and past hilltop
monasteries to the base of the mountain.
Your trekking adventure begins at Leh where you will have plenty of
time to acclimatise to the high altitude. This stark region of high
passes and wild mountains is softened by the immense charm of the
Ladakhi villages and their inhabitants. You will spend several days
acclimatising by visiting the colourful monasteries at Shey, Thikse and
Hemis and visiting the world highest motorable road at Khardungla before
setting off on the memorable trek to Stok Kangri.
Your route leads through the village of Stok, where you will visit
the Stok Palace the current home of an Indian Prince, Prince St Namgyal
the Ladakhi prince and great grandson of King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal.
This approach to the mountain allows you to gain altitude steadily and
acclimatise to the conditions before reaching Stok Kangri.
You will trek for between 10-15kms per day and although the route
is very safe and technically straightforward (involving low-angle scree
and easy snow slopes), the climb up Stok Kangri is both challenging and
interesting. The climb affords stunning views extending across Ladakh to
the Karakorams, the Himalayas and into Tibet.
Despite the climb being non-technical, you will be shown how to use
crampons and an ice axe, and occasionally conditions will demand the
use of rope as well.
On completion of your challenge you will head to Agra for a final
celebratory meal and to spend your final day exploring the Taj Mahal –
one of the greatest monuments to love ever built.