ADVENTURE-PULSE
(The Adventure Management Consultants)

India
Stok La Trek

Overview

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".

Quick Facts

Best Time : July, August and September

Duration : 05 Days

Max. Altitude : 4900 m

Commences At : Leh

Ends At : Leh

  • Arrival at Leh. Rest and acclimatisation.
  • Acclimatisation day in Leh. Optional sightseeing. Travel to Zingchan.
  • Trek from Zingchan to Rumbak Valley.
  • Trek over the Stok La Pass and camp at Manokarmo.
  • Trek from Manokarmo to Stok, Drive to Leh.
  • Fly out.

Contact

Fly in to Leh. Upon Arrival, our representative will meet the group at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The day is spent resting and acclimatizing. (Overnight at Hotel).
After having breakfast, we will go for a short hike to Shanti Stupa and visit the market. In the second half of the day, we drive from Leh to Zingchen. (Overnight at camp).
We start our trek towards Rumbak, through a straight forward trail. Leaving Zingchen village, we enter Hemis national park “habitat of Snow leopard and mountain ungulates etc. Walk through a narrow trail and valley widens as we arrive at the Rumbak village. Total trekking duration 4 -5 hrs. (overnight at camp).
We start from Rumbak to cross the steep Stok La pass and start our descend to the Manokarmo. (overnight at camp)
Trek from Manokarmo to Stok Village and drive back to Leh. (over night at hotel)

Package Details

TRIP COST INCLUDES

  1.  Assistance upon arrival at Leh airport by our Representative.
  2.  Hotel Accommodation in Leh on a MAP plan for 02 Nights.
  3.  All Meals (Bed Tea, Breakfast, Hot/Pack Lunch, Evening Tea & Dinner) during the course of the trek.
  4.  Return airport and round trip transfers  2 non-ac Vehicle as per the program.
  5.  Currently applicable permit fees and Wildlife fees of INR 2500/-. (For full board service)
  6.  All the above mentioned rates are per person rates on twin sharing basis.

TRIP COST EXCLUDES

  1.  Airfare to and from Leh.
  2.  Additional days either on the trek or in Leh other than the standard itinerary.
  3.  Any Kind of Personal Equipment or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered.
  4.  Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls
  5.  Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
  6.  Guide fee, camera fee, soft or hard drinks, starters.
  7.  Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Prices included".

1. What are the staying arrangements for this trek?

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.

2. What kind of Physical shape do I need to be to undertake this trek?

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.

3. What are the entry and exit points for this trek?

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.

4. Do I need any special equipment/climbing gear for this trek?

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.

5. What is the communication system available on the way?

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.

6. What about high altitude acclimatization?

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.

7. What are the food arrangements?

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.

8. Will I be able to take a shower or bath during the course of the trek?

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.

9. What are the emergency medical precautions available for this trek?

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.

10. What happens in case of bad weather on the mountain?

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.

Apparels

  1. Trekking Boots/Shoes (Preferably up to ankle length & water resistant)
  2. Multiple pairs of Cotton and woollen socks (at least 02/03 pairs of each)
  3. Track Pants for comfortable trekking, Denims to be avoided. (At least 2)
  4. Thermal inners and Sweater/warm sweat shirt (1 each)
  5. Cotton T-shirts (02 to 03 minimum)
  6. Water proof Jacket/Wind Cheater.
  7. Warm thermal jacket/Down jacket.
  8. 01 Peak Cap + at least 01 Woollen Cap
  9. Pair of warm gloves.

Accessories

  1. Air bag/Duffel bag (No Suitcases)
  2. Day Back Pack in case you do not want to carry your own rucksack
  3. Drinking Water Bottle 01 Litre
  4. Torch + Batteries
  5. Camera + Batteries
  6. Knee / Ankle / Wrist Guards (if required)
  7. Nail Cutter / Pocket / Pen Knife
  8. Cold cream
  9. Hand sanitizer
  10. Chap-stick / Vaseline
  11. Personal toiletries (Tooth Paste / Toilet Paper / Wet Wipes or Baby Wipes etc.)
  12. Medical kit (With basic medicines for headache, upset stomach, sour throat, water purification tablets/drops, band aids, painkillers & Moov/ Iodex, Vics Vaporub, D-Cold etc.)
  13. Any personal medication (Individual specific)
  14. High energy snacks like Dry fruits, Bars of chocolate, Tang, glucose etc.
  15. Good Quality Sun shades
  16. Sun block (SPF40+)

 

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.
We recommend the following schedule to the participants
  1. WEEK ONE: The participants should develop the habit of being able to get up in the morning and run / brisk walk for a minimum of 3-4 Km atleast 3-4 days a week. This would represent atleast 20-25 minutes of cardio exercise. Though difficult at first, keep at it. You can stop and take breaks as well.  During the day, you should get into the habit of avoiding elevators and taking the steps.  You should be able to climb at least 4/5 flights of steps daily. (Avoid going down steps too fast as this could result in some knee injuries). If you don’t enjoy running and are into some other sport like cycling or swimming, spend about 45 mins cycling or about 600 – 800 mts of swimming for atleast 4 days a week.
  2. WEEK TWO: Assuming you have successfully survived week one and are consistent with your exercise, you can take up the pace a notch. Increase your distance to 5/6 kms per day and 5 times a week, you can additionally go to a gym.  Avoid heavy weight training. Focus more on a core workout. These are your muscle groups that run along the length of your body and helps maintain your posture and sustains you during your long hours of working.
  3. WEEK THREE: In addition to the week Two exercise, one additional feature you should add in Week three is walking for half an hour during the evenings with a backpack on carrying 3-4 kgs.  This could be 2lts of water, some snacks, a jacket etc. This will help strengthen your back and shoulders thus preparing you for the long hours of trekking. If you don’t want to just simply walk, also try increasing your time on climbing flight of steps. As compared to week One, you should aim to be able to climb 10-12 flight of stairs comfortably.
  4. WEEK FOUR: Sustenance. Keep up the tempo, sustain the workout. Try avoiding doing anything very rigorous but be consistent with morning and evening walks / runs and climbing flight of stairs.
  5. WEEK FIVE: Sustain the workout. Increase only if you feel comfortable.  Start doing an additional 10-15 mins of climbing stairs in the morning / evening with a daypack of 2-3 kgs, about 20-25 floors once a day should help increase the stamina and Endurance considerably.

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!

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