Stok Kangri climb (6153m) from Spituk

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Duration: 6 days
Difficulty: level 5
Distance: 58 km
Max elevation: 6153m
Elevation gain / loss: +3810m / -3393m


Stok Kangri is the most popular 6000m+ peak in Ladakh. The climb does not require mountaineering skills but a good physical condition and a proper acclimatization are essential. Starting from Spituk allows a good acclimatization; the Stok Kangri climb can also be combined with the Markha valley trek.


If you would like to join a group, check our Fixed Departure Treks.




Stok Kangri from Spituk map



Stok Kangri from Spituk elevation profile, altitude gain loss



Stok Kangri climb from Spituk, trekking and mountaineering in Ladakh






Day 1: Spituk - Zingchen


Time: 5 hrs
Distance: 15.7 km
Elevation gain / loss: +375m / -161m


- visit the monastery of Spituk before you start the trek
- it's an easy walk following the Indus river
- you can also drive to Zingchen from Spituk



Spituk - Zingchen



Day 2: Zingchen - Rumbak


Time: 3-4 hrs
Distance: 6.5 km
Elevation gain / loss: +555m / -0m


- the trail to Rumbak village goes through a narrow gorge getting you into the Hemis National Park
- if you want to experience village life, you can stay in homestay in Rumbak



Zingchen - Rumbak



Day 3: Rumbak - Stok La - Mankarmo


Time: 6-7 hrs
Distance: 10.7 km
Elevation gain / loss: +1106m / -682m


- commence your day early to climb the Stok La, the trail gradually steepens as you get nearer to the pass
- the pass offers magnificent views of the Indus valley
- the trail drops steeply, continue walking towards Mankarmo



Rumbak - Stok La - Mankarmo



Day 4: Mankarmo - Base Camp


Time: 3 hrs
Distance: 3.4 km
Elevation gain / loss: +589m / -0m


- it’s a short distance walk of less than 4 km from Mankarmo to the base camp



Mankarmo - Base Camp



Day 5: Base Camp - Stok Kangri Summit - Base Camp


Time: 8-11 hrs
Distance: 9.1 km
Elevation gain / loss: +1184m / -1184m


- the climb to the summit starts before dawn. It’s a tough day, the walk takes you to the glacier and then you follow a steep path to the ridge that leads to the summit. The awe-inspiring view from the peak makes the climb worth the hard work. You have panoramic views of the Karakoram and Zanskar ranges and you can even see K2 in the distance



Base Camp - Stok Kangri Summit - Base Camp



Day 6: Base Camp - Stok


Time: 3-4 hrs
Distance: 12.4 km
Elevation gain / loss: +0m / -1366m


- walk down to the village of Stok



Base Camp - Stok



Getting to / from the trek


- it takes 20 minutes to drive from Leh to Spituk (10 km)
- it takes 30 minutes to drive from Stok to Leh (20 km)



All the itineraries can be customized to suit your own special interests, preferences and abilities. Please contact us for more information.

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