Take the short 1 hr flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. This is an incredible flight over the greater Himalayas with spectacular views of K2 among others, to one of the world’s highest airports. We spend the day in Leh to acclimatise. Evening visit Shanti Stupa and the leh market. Overnight hotel
Day 02: Leh
We spend the day in Leh for further acclimatisation. We go on a short day hike to practice exercising at this elevation. Marvel at Stok Kangri which is perched on the other side of the valley and begin to measure the size of the challenge ahead. Overnight hotel
Day 03: Leh – Zingchan (3900 m) 5/6hrs
We take a one hour drive to Spituk, the closest road access to Stok Kangri. We then start our trek with an easy introductory walk of four hours until we reach Zingchan. Overnight camp.
Day 04: Zingchan – Stok La (4400 m) 6/7 hrs
Trek Zingchan to the base of Stok La, a pass below the mountain. Throughout the trip, we are trekking through the barren lunar landscape of Ladakh. The weather is hot during the day and cold at night. Reach Stok La and have a well earned hot meal and good night’s sleep.
Day 05: Stok La – Mankorma (4900 m): 5/6 hrs
Trek over the Stok La Pass and camp at Mankorma. The pass offers great views of Stok Kangri and the route to the summit from the base camp.
Day 06: Mankorma – Base Camp (5000 m): 4/5 hrs
We make an early start and reach base camp with still most of the day to rest. We have lunch and then take a short climb from base camp to better acclimatise. We climb a further 100 m and then come back down again to get an early night in preparation for tomorrow’s summit attempt.
Day 07: Base Camp – Stok Kangri (6150 m) – Base Camp (5000 m) 10 hrs
We start climbing in the early hours of the morning to avail of the best weather conditions and a possible sunrise at the summit. First we climb onto a ridge which leads to a large glacier. After crossing the glacier we ascend steeply to the summit. This last leg is the most difficult and takes a lot of physical and mental strength. The panoramic view from the summit is second to none. To the north-west the Karakoram Range, including K2 (8611 m), seems endless. One can also see the Zanskar Range and view Tibet in the distance, an outstanding vista of snow-capped peaks.
Day 08: Spare Summit Day
Day 09: Base Camp – Stok village – Leh (3500 m) 8 hrs
From base camp we descend all the way to Stok village. This is a great walk passing by numerous ruins of old forts and castles. It takes about six hours to reach Stok village where we are met by waiting vehicles. We then drive two hours back to Leh enjoy a meal and some well earned drinks at the hotel.
Day 10: Leh – Khardung La – Leh (40 kms/2 hrs)
In the morning drive for the Khardung – La Pass. This is the ultimate challenge of the trip. It is the highest motorable road in the world taking you to a dizzy 5,600m! The view from the top is spectacular, stretching from the Indus valley in the South over the endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range to the giants of the Sesser Massif in the North. You can feel proud of a true achievement as you finish the trip with your final satisfying descent. Evening back to Leh for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 11: Departure Leh
Tour ends. Drive to the airport for our onward flight
Duration 11 days
Best Time Mid Jun to Sept
Highest Point Stok kangri (6153 m)
Highlight Views from the top, the challenge and landscapes
Physical Challenge Moderate to Challenging
suitable for most hill walkers and generally involving shorter days at moderate altitude, on good paths and tracks. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required as these treks can involve considerable amounts of ascent and descent and the occasional difficult day.
Physically very challenging, but suitable for people with a high level of fitness and previous trekking experience. These treks involve many long days, often in isolated areas and at extreme altitudes. These treks can also involve difficult and sometimes glaciated terrain, as well as lengthy periods at high altitude. Some treks will require basic mountaineering skills and equipment.
Assistance on arrival and departure
Transport in Non Ac car
A Class Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis in Leh
Tented accommodation during treks on twin sharing basis
Rafting in Indus – 3 hrs
All meals beginning with lunch on first day till breakfast on last day
Professional and experienced trekking and monastery guide
Cook, porters & other service staff
Trekking fees / Monastery entrance fees
Camping equipment provided on the trek
2 Men Expedition Tents
Basic Medical kit
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
Any meals/services not mentioned above
Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
Liquor, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
Expenses arising from unexpected fuel hikes, and any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
Medical or Travel Insurance
Costs towards evacuation of customers for medical or any other reason
Ladakh Safari reserves the right to change, alter or cancel a trip due to any reason which might not be in the best interest of your safety, like dangerous water levels, landslides and extreme weather conditions etc.
Our trip leaders have a vast experience of trekking & camping in the Himalayas. They are fluent in English language and are always forthcoming with interesting lore and information on local history, culture and practices. All our trip leaders have knowledge of First-Aid.
We believe that camping is an art – all about providing a safe and comfortable stay. We maintain very high standards of camping and with constant innovations try to hone our skills. We lay a lot of emphasis on site selection with camping sites on most of the treks being pre-decided and used previously by our team.
MEALS ON OUR TREKS
On all our treks we provide food that’s tasty, hygienic and nutritious. Our chefs are experts at keeping the team’s batteries charged with mouth-watering watering multi-cuisine meals, at times under difficult conditions. Cuisine is decided keeping in mind the profile of the group. Also on most of our treks our clients get the option of trying out the local dishes.
The following list only mentions the essential elements. You have to prepare a list of clothes and small personal articles you will need during the trek: