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Stok Kangri and Ladakh trek

A trek in Ladakh followed by an expedition to climb a 6,000m peak with time to explore Buddhist monasteries.

Ladakh, also known as little Tibet, is one of the most remarkable regions of India. Although politically part of India, Ladakh is geographically and culturally an extension of western Tibet. Ladakh is a high and arid landscape with lush irrigated valleys surrounded by snow capped peaks. Leh the capital of Ladakh has long been a remote and fascinating outpost and important cross-roads for pilgrims and traders in the upper Indus Valley.

After the spectacular flight over the Himalaya to Leh we spend several days for essential acclimatization with sightseeing at Buddhist monasteries. The trek starts at the village of Chilling in the Zanskar valley and from here it is a six day trek to Stok Kangri Base Camp. On the climb we use a High Camp at 5,300m that improves our chances of summit success. After an early start on summit day we cross the glacier to reach an exposed ridge that we follow to the summit. There are superb views south to Zanskar and north to the Karakoram range.

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Trip Details

  • Destination: India
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 16 days from Leh
  • Leadership: Western-Led
  • Minimum Group Size: 6 people
  • Cost: 2019 - £1,895 (US$2,450 or €2,160) 2020 - £1,895 (US$2,450 or €2,160)
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What does this include

Price includes:

  • All transfers including airport collections
  • Twin share room at Hotel Pangong, Hotel Lotus or Hotel Omashila in Leh
  • Breakfast only at hotels in Leh, all meals included while on trek
  • Twin share tents while on trek
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Western and Sherpa guides, ponies and cook
  • Rubberised luggage tags posted you before departure
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive "Ladakh Pre Trip Information" notes 

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Delhi
  • Internal flight to/from Leh and Delhi
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • Indian tourist visa up to 6 month
  • Lunch and evening meals in Leh
  • Delhi hotel and airport transfers
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
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Trip Grade Strenuous

Trip Grade Strenuous

Suitability: a good choice for regular long distance hill walkers, very high level of fitness required. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.

1) Walking times: average 7 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions possibly with exposed sections. May involve steep ascent and descent over mountain passes that could be snow covered.

4) Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • July 18th to August 2nd 2020
  • July 17th to August 1st 2021

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive in Leh (3,505m) 
  • Day 2Sightseeing around Leh 
  • Day 3Drive to Khardung La (5,605m), return to Leh 
  • Day 4Drive to Chilling (plus option for rafting) 
  • Day 5Trek to Skui (3,500m) 
  • Day 6Trek to Ganda La Base Camp (4,100m) 
  • Day 7Trek to Rumbak (3,800m) 
  • Day 8Trek to Khilchay (4,200m) 
  • Day 9Trek to lower Stok Kangri Base Camp (4,500m) 
  • Day 10Trek to Stok Kangri Base Camp (5,000m) 
  • Day 11Acclimatisation day 
  • Day 12Trek to High Camp (5,300m) 
  • Day 13Climb to summit of Stok Kangri (6,123m) 
  • Day 14Spare summit day or buffer day  
  • Day 15Trek to Stok, drive to Leh via Thikse or Hemis monasteries  
  • Day 16Fly to Delhi 
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