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Group of climbers in snow on Stok Kangri slope, mountaineering in Ladakh
Summit of Stok Kangri, mountaineering in Ladakh

Stok Kangri climb (6153m)

Duration: 4 days
Difficulty: level 5
Distance: 34 km
Max elevation: 6153m
Elevation gain / loss: +2551m / -2551m

Stok Kangri has been closed since 2020. This measure has been taken in order to protect the glacier which is the main source of water for Stok village. As of now, there is no confirmation whether the peak will reopen in 2023.

Stok Kangri is ideal for a first mountaineering experience in the Himalayas. This majestic mountain offers beautiful panoramas of the Karakoram and Zanskar ranges. The ascent of Stok Kangri is not technical; the main challenge is the very high altitude. Good physical condition and proper acclimatization are very important for a successful summit attempt. The shortest route to the peak is from the village of Stok; this expedition can be done in 4 days if you are already well acclimatized to the altitude. Otherwise, the expedition can be started from Spituk or Chilling. 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 map Stok Kangri elevation profile, altitude gain loss
Stok Kangri climb, trekking and mountaineering in Ladakh


Day 1: Stok - Mankarmo

Time: 5 hrs
Distance: 9.0 km
Elevation gain / loss: +776m / -0m

-the trek starts from Stok village, follow the trail as it enters an amazing gorge
-walk through a beautiful valley that is surrounded with multicoloured rocks
Stok - Mankarmo

Day 2: Mankarmo - Base Camp

Time: 2-3 hrs
Distance: 3.4 km
Elevation gain / loss: +589m / -0m

-the distance to the base camp from Mankarmo is less than 4km, very short and easy day before the big climb
-as you go through the valley, you get a clear view of Stok Kangri
Mankarmo - Base Camp

Day 3: Base Camp - Stok Kangri Summit - Base Camp

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

-the summit day begins before dawn so that you have enough time on your hands. It takes few hours to reach the glacier. Keep walking up to the ridge that takes you to the summit. Enjoy the panoramic view of the snow-clad mountains of the Himalaya, Karakoram and Zanskar ranges
Base Camp - Stok Kangri Summit - Base Camp

Day 4: Base Camp - Stok

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

-walk down the valley towards the village of Stok
Base Camp - Stok

Getting to / from the trek

-it takes 30 minutes to drive from Leh to Stok (20 km)
-you come back from the same route

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