One of the most popular treks in the Leh Ladakh region, the trail takes you through scenic valleys and pass through various Ladakhi villages and Buddhist Monasteries. The trek takes you to Stok La at an height of over 4800 m, from where there are excellent views of Ladakh Himalayas, Stok Kangri peak (at an height of above 6000 m, one of the most popular trekking destinations in Ladakh) and the Stok Palace.
An ideal trek for fit beginners and amateurs who want to get an experience of trekking in the Land of High Passes - "LADAKH".
Best Time : July, August and September
Duration : 05 Days
Max. Altitude : 4900 m
Commences At : Leh
Ends At : Leh
While in Leh, Adventure-Pulse will put you up in a comfortable hotel – “The Himalayan Residency” on double sharing plan with breakfast included. Once we start the trek to Stok La, the accommodation is in a camp set up. We would have good quality tents on double sharing basis with a separate dinning tent for meals and a separate toilet tent. Sleeping bags and mats are also provided by Adventure-Pulse.
You need to be in good physical shape to trek in the Ladakh region. Stok La is one of the highest passes in the Stok range of Ladakh and the trek does demand good physical fitness or some bit of prior trekking experience. Please refer to our physical fitness document for more details on this topic.
One needs to fly to Leh for the Stok La trek. There are regular flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Leh. On your arrival in Leh, you will be picked up by an Adventure-Pulse representative and transferred to the hotel. After our 02 day acclimatization at Leh, we would drive to the start point of the trek which is a 01 hour drive from Leh.
Any kind of equipment/climbing gear are not required for the trek to Stok La (Pass). For list of other things and warm clothing to carry, please refer to our link - List of things to carry for the Stok La Trek.
Regular phone and data services work in Leh. But please note that only Post-paid services work on roaming in Leh and Pre-paid services won’t work. Leh has good phone and data connectivity with 3G and 4G services also available on most networks. While on the trek, most days there is no network.
Leh is located at an altitude of 3250m and it’s important we spent the first 48 hours acclimatizing in Leh and Rumbak. We at Adventure-Pulse, consider acclimatization as one of the most important aspects of climbing a mountain and spend enough time to do that. Once you arrive in Leh, the first 2 days are spent acclimatizing. On day 02 morning, we go for a short 02 hour acclimatization hike up to a monastery. We walk to the Leh market and walk back to our hotel. In the second half of the day, we drive to Zingchan and spend a night at campsite, thus allowing the body to get used to the conditions around . We move up the mountain slowly giving enough time to our bodies to acclimatize.
The hotel in Leh serves good breakfast which is included in the meal plan. During the day and evening, one can order ala carte service in the hotel or even go to the close by market to try some local cuisine. While on the trek, all meals are included and the meals are usually a good mix of Indian and continental food. Our cooks are very experienced and will be happy to entertain any particular requests you may have for your meals. All the meals are served in the common dinning tent.
Regular shower facilities will be available in the hotel in Leh. But while we are higher up on the mountain, shower facility is not available for the trekking period.
The Adventure-Pulse staff and guides carry a fully equipped medical kit with necessary medicines and an Oxygen meter. As a standard practice, we check oxygen levels of all our clients twice a day and take necessary precautions if any irregularity is found in the oxygen reading. In case the problem persists, the client is sent down with a qualified guide. In case of an Injury where the trekker is not in a position to walk down, a Pony is organised to the road head where a vehicle and a doctor visit can be organised.
Adventure-Pulse usually plans all it treks during the most favourable season on the mountain, but having said that, weather is always an unpredictable factor. We usually look at weather reports before leaving for the trek. A buffer day/s is always built in the itinerary as contingency if we get hit by unfavourable weather conditions. In the worse situation, we may have to turn back midway, but safety is always a priority which cannot be compromised on.
Extreme temperature variations, high altitude, snow glare & proximity to sun are certain factors which necessitate the need to for proper mountaineering equipment. In order to enjoy your experience in the mountains, we have recommended that you carry the following with you.
Note: If you are unable to procure any of the above mentioned items, then suitable arrangements will be made so that the same can be either bought or rented in Leh based upon actuals.
The trek to Stok La (Pass) can be steep & strenuous at some places, even though it does not require that you have any previous mountaineering experience in particular, It’s important that you be in good physical condition and be able to hike at a comfortable pace for 5-6 hours over hilly terrain with a light day pack. Good cardio-vascular conditioning and muscles that are used to hiking will make your trip much more enjoyable. Our goal is to reach the Stok La (Pass) at approx 16,000 feet. You will spend 5 days in a land where life is simple, trails are steep and the air is thin. We recommend the following schedule to the participants.
Please remember Consistency is the Key here. Do not do anything to exert yourself or something that will increase chances of Injury. Running / brisk walking 4-5 kms for 5 days in a week is far better than running a 20 km on one day of the week and injuring your Knee / Ligaments in the process. If you can be consistent with above mentioned schedule, Stok La trek though physically challenging, will become a pleasant and enjoyable experience for you. Feel free to call us or mail us in case you want more details on how to prepare for this trek!