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Slope of Stok Kangri, mountaineering in Ladakh
Summit of Stok Kangri, mountaineering in Ladakh

Stok Kangri climb (6153m) from Spituk

Duration: 6 days
Difficulty: level 5
Distance: 58 km
Max elevation: 5260m
Elevation gain / loss: +3810m / -3393m

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 2024.

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: 2-3 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: 2-3 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.