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Climb Stok Kangari (6120 mtrs)

Stok Kangri is one of the classic expeditions of Ladakh, the combination of a trek top of height and a rise possible for the summit.

Stok Kangri (6153 m) means literally “the high mountain” in Ladakhi. Visible since the main city of Ladakh, Leh, it is place in the National park of Hemis. Although the summit seems impressive, he is not very difficult technically but asks nevertheless for a good physical condition, for a minimum of knowledge of the mountain and for a minimum of equipment (fixed ropes, etc.).

Stok Kangri is the objective completed to make a success of the first one “6000” in Himalaya. From your arrival to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, its hurt pyramid will catch your eyes. His(her,its) south fish bone(edge) presents a magnificent route(course), with panoramic views on all the chain of Karakoram

10 hours for the round trip are needed. According to the climatic conditions and of snow coverage, our guide will fix a rope to cross the bar of snow; if there is few snow it will be by the rock hooks. If you are an experimented mountain dweller, it will not be necessary to fix of rope.

To reach the base camp, we propose you an original and little frequented route. It requires to cross several passes which make us acquire a good acclimatization.


DAY 01: Arrival in Delhi by evening.

DAY 02: Delhi – Leh (3500 m), 1h 30min by flight.

DAY 03: Visit of the monasteries of Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

DAY 04: Leh – Chilling by the villages of Phyang and Likkir.

DAY 05: Chilling – Skiu (3850 m) 4h30, trek 1

DAY 06: Skiu – Markha (3800 m) 7h, trek 2

DAY 07: Markha – Tchatchutse (3750 m) 6h, trek 3

DAY 08: Tchatchutse – Nimaling (4700 m) 5h, trek 4

DAY 09: Nimaling – Chogdo (3940 m) through the Kongmarula (5150 m) 8h, trek 5

DAY 10: Chogdo – Gyuncho La (4670 m) – Shang Pu (4375 m) trek 6

DAY 11: Shang Pu – Shang La (4875 m) – Matho Phu (4420 m) – Gangpoche, trek 7

DAY 12: Gangpoche – Matho La (4965 m) – Base camp of Stok (4990 m), trek 8

DAY 13: Base camp in Stok (4 990 m) — altitude camp (5 420 m) trek 9

DAY 14: Climbing Stok Kangri (6130 m): Trek 10

DAY 15: Base camp of Stok (4990 m) – Leh, trek 11

DAY 16: Leh to Delhi

DAY 17: Exploring Delhi and Departure


DAY 01: Arrival in Delhi by evening.

Reception at the airport. Transfer in the hotel. Night in hotel.

DAY 02: Delhi to Leh (3500 m)

Delhi – Leh (3500 m), 1h 30min by flight —

Very early the morning, the transfer at the domestic airport for the flight(theft) of Leh.

“The journey begins there or the dream stops”. The discovery of the Himalayan chaine, seen by the sky, remains an unforgettable memory. Welcome at the airport of Leh and transfer in the hotel. The free afternoon with possibility of visit of the city (old general store (mess), royal palace, Shanti stupa, mosque), with a slow rhythm, the time to acclimatize. At night in the hotel.

DAY 03: Visit of the monasteries of Shey, Thiksey, Hemis

Visit monastery of Thiksey, A majestic monastery perched on a rocky outcrop built in the 15th century during the first wave of expansion of Gelugpa sect in Ladakh. In the entry there are painting of protective deities and the great masters of the sect .

Shey, once the capital of Upper Ladakh before being supplanted by Leh, monastery housed rich murals painting ,well restored and represent the 18 arhats (disciples of Buddha who attained enlightenment), back to Leh, night in hotel.

Visit Hemis monastery. A mass of splendid architecture on a green hill has been built by the inveterate royal architect Singe Namgyal in1630 . the monastery belongs to Drukpa sect of Buddhism , site is privileged for Namgyal dynasty , its mural painting represent the different divinities dated back to 18th sanctuary. there is a huge Thanka reputed to be the Largest in existence which is exhibited once in every twelve years, Afternoon free at Leh. Night in hotel.

DAY 04: Leh – Chilling by the villages of Phyang and Likkir.

Road towards Chilling: on the way visit of 2 beautiful monasteries of the valley of the Indus Phyang and Likir. Stroll in villages to discover the lifestyle of ladakhis. Fork for Chilling. This village is reappointed for its silversmiths who work quite typical of metal, making all the utensils necessary for the everyday life of a family ladakhi as teapots, jars in chang, etc….

DAY 05: Chilling – Skiu (3850 m) 4h30, trek 1

From Chilling, we follow the river Zanskar and we cross it by a nacelle suspended from a cable. Interesting experience, and without risk. Not to miss! Then we take an easy path until Skiu by following the river Markha.

DAY 06: Skiu – Markha (3800 m) 7h, trek 2

By following the river Yapola on its left bank during almost two hours, we arrive at Penjila. We continue in the valley and after one hour, we abandon this valley on our left. One hour later approximately, we arrive at the village of Hinju.

DAY 07: Markha – Tchatchutse (3750 m) 6h, trek 3

The trek goes back up the valley main right bank, the path is sometimes difficult in the bed of the river. Before arriving at the village of Hankar, we visit the monastery of Humlung, along the river. Little beyond Hankar, we abandon a wide valley on our right. We take a narrow valley going up higher and which obliges us to cross a bridge up to the left bank to reach the pasture of Tchatchutse.

DAY 08: Tchatchutse – Nimaling (4700 m) 5h, trek 4

The path rises very gradually, the river is rather far to the left. We continue near a small lake, then cross the pastures of Nimaling. It is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh, dominated by Kang Yatse (6400 m). Several rather difficult roads lead to the summit.

DAY 09: Nimaling – Chogdo (3940 m) through the Kongmarula (5150 m) 8h, trek 5

A rise zigzag about 2 hours up to the pass Konmaru-la offers us a panoramic view on the valley, as well as on the distant chain of Zanskar. Then we continue by a stiff descent zigzag on the other side of Konmaru-la. The trek crosses the magnificent bed of the river and continues by a difficult descent for horses. After several crossings of river, arrived at Chogdo, an ideal place for the camp cut by the world.

DAY 10: Chogdo – Gyuncho La (4670 m) – Shang Pu (4375 m) trek 6

Easy walk in the direction of Shang. Gone up to the pass of Gyuncho. Very few trekkeurs use this path. Camp on the other side of the pass.

DAY 11: Shang Pu – Shang La (4875 m) – Matho Phu (4420 m) – Gangpoche, trek 7

This part of the route is very isolated. We are in the foothills of the chain of Stok. We cross several edges and minor passes. Occasional views on the valley of the Indus which flows far off. Pass of Shang La and descent on the banks of the river Tokpo. In the afternoon, descent in the direction of Matho Phu where we settle our camp. At night under tent. (6 at 7 am of walking).

DAY 12: Gangpoche – Matho La (4965 m) – Base camp of Stok (4990 m), trek 8

Hard rise in the morning to cross the last pass, the Matho La. Of the pass, the magnificent view on Stok Kangri and whole route of ascent. We are in the valley which links the village of Stok with the base camp of the same name. We find here villagers come make their herds of yaks graze. At night under tent. (6 at 7 am of walking).

DAY 13: Base camp in Stok (4 990 m) — altitude camp (5 420 m) trek 9

Easy climb to reach the glacier’s foot.Open view on the base camp, the photographers will appreciate! Night in tent.

DAY 14: Climbing Stok Kangri (6130 m): Trek 10

One can climb directly from Lower Base Camp or shift camp to the Higher Base Camp. Get up at 2 A.M. And you should have prepared your daypack and necessary equipment the previous night, before going to sleep. Have a light snack in the morning before starting off for the Big Climb! First, there is a diagonal ascent up the moraine of the glacier, and then a short scramble over the glacier itself. After that, climb up the steep, zigzagging trail to the summit. The view from the pinnacle at sunrise is mind-blowing.

According to the condition of the route, our guide will fix the climbing rope either in rock or in snow, with rock pitons or snow stakes as required and other equipment necessary to secure the rope.

DAY 15: Base camp of Stok (4990 m) – Leh, trek 11

Easy descent, then more low, we find the river which takes his(her) source(spring) in the glacier(ice-cream maker) of the Stok-Kangri. The continuation(suite) is a pleasant road until Stok. We have some time to visit the royal palace of Stok and admire objects of exposition there. (Built in 1825 by king Tsepal Tezndup Namgyal, inhabited by the descendants of a former(ancient) royal ladakkhie dynasty). Visit of the Village then return in jeep to Leh. At night in hotel to Leh.

DAY 16: Leh to Delhi

Transfer to domestic airport. Flight to Delhi, transfer to hotel. Afternoon free in Delhi. O/N in hotel.

DAY 17: Exploring Delhi and Departure

Transfer in the evening at the airport to take your flight on your destination of return.


Price per person : Based on Minimum 4 persons.

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    07 July - 23 July  1,750.00
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    28 July- 13 Aug.  1,750.00
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    18 Aug. - 03 Sep.  1,750.00
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    08 Sep. - 24 Sep.  1,750.00
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Cost for less than 4 persons

Cost per person—- €2420 based on 3 pax
Cost per person—- €2610 based on 2 pax

Formed groups: If the proposed dates don’t suite to those who are already formed group of individuals, families, friends, club or corporates, we can tailor their trip for the date that match to their holidays schedule for the suitable period when your trip can be conducted.

Cost Include

  • Ground transport as per itinerary.
  • Airport / Railway Station & Bus Stand transfer
  • Flight ticket Delhi-Leh-Delhi
  • English speaking local Guide
  • Full board (breakfast, Lunch & dinner)
  • Twin sharing room in a 3-star hotel
  • Twin sharing specious tent & foam mattress
  • Dinning tent for 4 persons onward, 2/3 person will eat in kitchen tent.
  • All meals during trekking-lunch will be served as packed
  • During the trek transport by jeep/pony, mule or porter
  • Kitchen team with all necessary items
  • Climbing equipment
  • Climbing shoes / seat harness / cramporners / climbing rope / fixe rope / ice piton / rock piton / jumar / Ice axe / carabineer
  • Camping fee / permit
  • Medical box with oxygen cylinder

Cost Exclude

  • International flight ticket,
  • Monument fee
  • Visa and airport tax.
  • Insurance
  • Sleeping bag & Helmet
  • Beverages and personal expenses.
  • Medical expenses and evacuation.
  • Porters to carry your personal gears
  • Personal gears used for trekking / expedition.
  • Tipping


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All the cancellation must be in written and signed by the person who signed the booking form and will be effective from the date of the reception by the company.

1: 60 days or more before departure:

The agency will refund the entire paid amount to his client deducting the registration fee (€ 40 per persons or equivalent in other currency), bank charges subject to the bank policies, when booking domestic flights, the Cancellation fee subject to airline policies at present or if the tickets are non- refundable in that case the full amount of the ticket will be retained. The hotels are reserved and must be paid in advance; the company will apply the cancellation policies of hotels. Cancelation charge for train tickets and other ground transport and related services if needed to be booked in advance. Hence the remaining amount will be refunded after deducting all above cancelation policies applied for different services.

2: 40 Days before departure:

The agency will refund the 50% of paid amount to his client deducting the registration fee (€ 40 per persons or equivalent in other currency), bank charges subject to the bank policies, when booking domestic flights, the Cancellation fee subject to airline policies at present or if the tickets are non- refundable in that case the full amount of the ticket will be retained. The hotels are reserved and must be paid in advance; the company will apply the cancellation policies of hotels. Cancelation charges of train tickets and other ground transport and related services if needed to be booked in advance. Hence the remaining amount will be refunded after deducting all above cancelation policies applied for different services.

3: Less than 30 days before departure:

The agency will be obliged to withhold the full amount of the deposit paid by the customer. In this case, the customer must inform their insurance as soon as possible and provide as much documentation to support the cancellation of trip. It is therefore strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance to cover such expenses.

Itinerary / hotels are sub. to change in case of strike, civil war threat, you may be will lose expected places you have prepared for but will explore unexpected and for sure will not disappointed.

In case of Vehicle break down another mode of transport will be managed at the earliest possible, in that case you are requested to keep patience and co-operate with the situation, while travelling to rural and isolated area replacing vehicle can take time due to lac of communication.

The Company cannot be made liable for the consequences of weather condition, flight cancellations, war or threat of civil war, strikes, industrial action, political unrest or any other force majeure, unusual or unforeseen circumstance. The company reserves the right to use alternate transport, or vary the itinerary if breakdown, sickness or any other force major. Any additional that result, such as extra hotel accommodation, flight or road transport will be on your charge and must be paid directly at the spot.

Please understand, there are certain hazards involved in your adventurous holidays which you must accept at your own risk. The company will not be liable for any illness major or minor injury, death sustained during neither the trip, nor it will be liable for any uninsured losses of your property and other losses during the trip.

It is strongly advised that clients take out insurance to cover the unexpected and cancellation charges:

Accommodation is based on 3-star category in cities, Neat and clean local standards of hotels will be provided in Leh. While trekking you will be assisted by kitchen with with all necessary items including to men spacious tent, mattress, dining tents from 4 persons onward, toilet tents and all necessary items. Our chef will prepare verities of Indian, Chinese and Continental vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals, Chefs on trek are used to cook for the western guest and pay their attention to dose the spice, Breakfast and dinner will be served at camp, lunch is always packed, Afternoon snacks is served with hot beverages as f tea and coffee.
While driving, sub. to the number of persons in group, for 2-4+ guide Toyota Innova, for more than 5 persons Tempo travelers or mini bus. All vehicle will be air-conditioned, except in hilly area air-condition of any vehicle cannot be regularly used due to steep uphill drive, so you have to co-operate with. While trekking logistic will be transported. by mule or Ponies, you are requested to not carry more than 15 kgs as domestic airline limit the weight till 15 kgs. Exceeding 15kgs of weight will result the surcharges as per the airline law, even excess baggage’s will increase the weight on animal back which we should understand and respect the limit.
You will use road for sight seen and to reach at the starting point of trek and from the end of the trek to Leh. But still you can face land slide due to unusual rainfall in Leh and can be blocked for few hours or for a day. you may miss the places expected to visit, or will visit the unexpected places, to regulate the situation the team at the spot will do the best possible at the moment. Road in India are being widen So please don’t compare the driving time as estimated in developed nation.