VRangers Himalayas trek to Leh-Stok Kangri on 13th to 19th Aug 2016

Get Ready for VRangers Himalaya trek to Stok Kangri........

Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of northwest India. The peak is located in Hemis National Park, 12 km southwest of the village Stok and 24 km southwest of the Ladakhi capital of Leh. The adventure filled expedition travels through remote valleys, scattered high villages and past hilltop monasteries to the base of the mountain.

Short Info:

Trek: Himalaya Stok Kangri Trek.

Trek Date: 13th Aug 2016 to 19th Aug 2016 Return journey on 20th Aug.

Trek Duration: 07D / 06N.

Region: Leh.

Grade: Difficult.

Max Altitude: 20,182 Ft.

Approx. Trekking Km: 40 kms.

Best time to visit: July and August.

Last Day to Register :  15th May 2016.


About:

The best part of Stok Kangri trek is that you can reach to its basecamp in just 2-3 days of trekking while in any other part of Himalayas it takes around at least 4-5 days of trekking to reach to the base camp of such high altitude peak. Stok Kangri Trek gives you an opportunity to reach this altitude without the technical expertise in mountaineering. Many mountains in Ladakh exceed an altitude of 6000 meters. Stok Kangri Trek gained considerable popularity along side its sister peak Golep Kangri. Stok Kangri is been declared as a trekking peak by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) which means less paper work.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1 :- Arrive at Leh.

Day 2 :- Leh (Acclimatization day).

Day 3 :- Leh to Chang Ma via Stok Village.

Day 4 :- Chang Ma (13087 ft.) to Mankorma (14200 ft.).

Day 5 :- Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.) & rest.

Day 6 :- Base camp to Stok Kangri and back to base camp.

Day 7 :- Base Camp to Leh.

Day 8 :- Departure From Leh.

Cost:

Registered Member Trek Cost: Rs.16800/-

Non-Registered Member Trek Cost: Rs.17000/-

Inclusions :-

1. Accommodation. (Camping) from 13th aug to 19th Aug and Leh guest house

2. Meals while on trek (14th to 18th Aug)

3. Trek equipments (Tents, Sleeping Bag, Crampon & Ice axe).

4. IMF Permits

5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.

6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff

7. Transport from Leh to Road head and return.

Exclusions :-

1. Food / Meal in Leh.

2. Any kind of personal expenses.

3. Insurance.

4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.

5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head price Includes like train/flight expenses.

Payment Details:

To Confirm your registration please deposit Rs. 16800 /- (non Refundable) in the following.(Please specify your name or those who transfer on behalf of you & trek/Activity/Tour name-mandatory in SMS).

Acc Name: Ananda Shivaji Govekar

Acc No   : 00000032353269021

IFS Code: SBIN0000562

MICR Code: 400002007

Bank     : SBI Bank

Branch   : Bhandup (W)

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Detailed itinerary:

Day 1 :

All major airlines provide flight services from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi to Leh. Flights to Leh are scheduled to reach before noon or latest by 3pm.. Stay at guest house will provide by VRangers

Day 02 :

Second day is for Acclimatization. You can consider this day to get accustomed with the place and its rich culture and heritage. It is vital to have your first acclimatization night after arriving at altitudes of more than 3000 mts, before you venture out to higher altitudes. Altitude sickness is a common illness among trekkers Explore the city on foot, enjoy the most beautiful mornings ever, the sun rays feels like heaven on our body.

Day 03 : ​

​Leh to Chang Ma via Stok Village Today is the actual start of the trek. After breakfast, your guide will give you briefing on the activities ahead. The trekking starts with a drive to Stok village through a paved road. Stok Village is situated to the south of Leh and is well known for its royal palace and the King of Ladakh who resides here. If time permits do visit the grand palace and the museum attached to it. Stok Kangri is not a camping site, but the place where you start your walk to Chang Ma. As it is just beginning, the trek might be a bit difficult to start off. Experience the immense joy of trekking on snow and open up huge possibilities, for moving ahead. After a trek of around 4 hours, the destination for the day arrives. Chang Ma is a popular spot for camping, . You will spend the night here, have your dinner quickly and go for an early sleep; the next day awaits many surprises.

Day 04 :

Chang Ma (13087 ft.) to Mankorma (14200 ft.) Today the trek is to Mankorma, at an altitude of 14200 ft. The day’s trek will involve some climb. The walk will traverse through the rough and barren landscape of Ladakh. this is the actual beauty of Ladakh; grey barren lands make Ladakh the highest cold desert on the planet. The winds are quite strong and gusty and might even sway you from side to side. You will have to pass many small streams, and putting your legs into the icy cold water is thrilling. The days trek is fairly easy, and Mankorma will arrive in little more than 3 hours.

Day 05 :

Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.) this day will take you to the Stok Kangri Base Camp. At an altitude of 5000m the base camp will be the starting point for the summit. The base campsite is a place where you can enjoy to the fullest. It takes roughly 5 hours to reach the campsite, and the trek is beautiful in its own way. The area has many water bodies around it, and when the sun rays fall on it, they sparkle like diamonds. The air becomes considerably thinner as you climb. When you reach the base camp you have to try hard to breathe. The temperature here is considerably less than the other places in the trek. After having lunch and an hour of rest, go to the nearby mountain peaks of Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri and many others. This is surely going to make your day and prepare you for the final expedition. Take some rest in the base camp, to assure that everyone is ready for the extreme days ahead. Having fun is always necessary for any trek; one game that can be played everywhere is cards. Enjoy a few intense games of cards to refresh your mind and team up with fellow trekkers. In the coming days, you will find a drastic change in the climatic conditions and even lack of oxygen is going to affect. For the final climb, adjust your equipments and trekking gear. As the evening falls, your sleeping bags will start calling you. After having dinner, go to bed early, as the day ahead is saved for training.

Day 06 :

Base camp to Stok Kangri and back to base camp, The big day has arrived, to reach to the summit. At the base camp there will be many trekking groups, you can talk to them about their journey to top; it gives an immense boost to confidence. The group will be extremely excited about it, and there will be a buzz around the campsite. Waking up early is crucial for determining the start time, so make sure that everyone in your group is ready as early as possible. The route goes through glaciers, then through a gradual period of ascent and descent and finally comes to the steep slope to the Stok Kangri ridge. Avoid drinking too much of water and take a light breakfast; this is because during the climb venturing out for answer nature’s calls can be potentially dangerous. The route will start off with a steep and quite tall ascent, and then the slope will change gradually till the time you reach the glacier. The first couple of hours will be tough and extremely demanding. Team members should stay close by and a certain rhythm should be maintained. Encouragement from the guide and other fellow members is of immense help. Techniques such as setting up small targets or checkpoints on the way will motivate you to reach faster. After 3 hours of trekking, you will finally reach the glacier. Take some rest at this point and don’t forget to take pictures. The scene around is wonderful and feels as if you are in nature’s lap. The glacier is the point where the actual climb to the summit ridge starts. Slow climbers may take some more time to reach this point, don’t worry if you can’t see them. Keep motivating your fellow trekkers and team mates, the stretch will take 2 to 3 hours to complete depending upon the speed. To walk safely on the thick snow, use your crampons to get a firm grip and avoid slipping. One excellent way is to fix each and every teammate with a rope; this ensures that even if the situation worsens, everyone is secured. On the way to the ridge, you will have a feeling of self-motivation, and this will help you overcome all the difficulties. After a slow and tiring climb, you will finally touch the ridge. Stand up and see how it feels to watch the world from such a height. Don’t confuse the ridge with the summit; do realize that the real ascent only begins after this point. You can actually very well see that the highest point is still a 2 hour climb away, and the only access to it is via the south shoulder. The shoulder is extremely tough and challenging to traverse. It is very steep at almost 75 degrees and is made up of a narrow channel of rocks. Climb on all fours, any mistake can lead to a fatal fall. After an hour of gruelling climb and tussling with the rocks, the shoulder will ease its way to a much more gradual slope where you can easily walk. Now you can see the summit and the prayer flags that it clearly. The extremely thin air and lack of oxygen will make every step difficult. After a short hike up, you will finally reach the Stok Kangri Summit, the highest trek-able summit in the Indian subcontinent. Celebrate as much as you like; take snaps and do pay respects to the prayer flags. The world looks so different from this place; the clouds feel as if they will touch you. The summit offers a great view of the area, the Karakoram Range and the Saser Kangri dominates the north, whereas the Zanskar ranges in the south. The memories captured here are unforgettable. The return to the base camp follows the same route, but you should be extremely cautious and extra careful this time. When you go down, the gravity also pulls you; this might lead to slipping and a fall. After reaching the base camp, take some time to settle down and immerse in the memories. The day ends at a very high note.

Day 07 :

Base Camp to Leh This is the final day The trek back to Leh is exciting and a bit challenging. You will tend to lose balance if you descend very soon, so be careful.Today the walk involved is more than 12 Kms as you need to walk to Stok Village by foot.


drive back to Leh. 5 days continuously on foot will make you nostalgic and devoid of the fun involved with climbs. When you reach Leh, take a hot water bath, it will lessen the pain and tiredness of the trek.

Day 08 : Departure From Leh With memories to cherish throughout your life and with happiness from deep within, you leave for Delhi. The Stok Kangri trek has been captured by your footprints suggestion: if you are felling very well you can reduce the trip,I means there is no need any rest .

Things to carry :

1. Back pack (60 ltr -70ltr)- with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).

2. Waterproof Trekking shoes –Mandatory high ankle with good grips, (Recommended Quechua).

3. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants (Do not bring shorts, tight jeans, Capris.)

4. T-shirts - 3 full sleeve.

5. 1 Fleece jacket will be a good idea; a woollen sweater would be an alternative.

6. 1 Wind proof jacket.

7. 1 Heavy jacket.

8. Thermal Inners.

9. 2 pairs cotton socks and 2 pairs woollen socks.

10. 2 pair water proof hand gloves.

11. Sun protection cream.

12. Woollen cap/ Balaclava.

13. Sun Cap.

14. Sun glasses – Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected. People who wear spectacles-

(A)- Use contact lenses.

(B)- Photo chromatic glasses.

15. Head Torch with extra batteries.

16. 2 Water bottle- one litre each.

17. Lip Balm/ cold cream.

18. Toilet kit/ toilet Paper / wipes.

19. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.

20. Personal Medical Kit.

21. Walking Stick – Mandatory (At least one).

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