A Wonderful 'Starter Expedition' For Trekkers.
If one has trekked in the Himalayas before, he/she can climb this 6,137 m (20,135 feet) high peak rather easily. Stok Kangri is often an initial non-technical foray into high altitude mountaineering. This popular trekking peak does not require any typical experience. Located in Hemis National Park in the village of Stok, the peak is 24 km southwest of the Ladakhi capital of Leh. It boasts of being the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas.
Stok Kangri offers a wonderful view of the remote valleys, scattered high villages and hilltop monasteries surrounded by the snow clad peaks. The monasteries of Spituk and Stok Palace are the major attractions near Stok Kangri. These monasteries depict the rich cultural heritage of Ladakh. Lying in one of the most scenic places of Ladakh, Stok Kangri is known for its out of-the-world beauty, high altitude shepherds of local villages, and the untouched and unpolluted culture of Tibet-Ladakh.
The peak becomes snow free in July and August, and the south ridge provides wonderful climbing opportunities. The peak and its nearby landscapes were opened to visitors in 1974. The trekking route is interesting and offers stunning views of the Karakoram range. The higher region is a favourite place of Yak herders.
The best time to visit Stok Kangri Trek is between May and mid-October. During this time, the weather in Ladakh is pleasant and the average temperature ranges between 20 and 30°C in the daytime. July and August are the ideal months for Sham Valley trek as during these months Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways also opens for private vehicles.
The magnificent Stok Kangri (6153m) is situated in the south of Leh. Declared an open trekking peak by Indian mountaineering foundations, Stok Kangri can be done by anyone who is physically fit. From the summit stunning views of Karakoram Range, Ladakh Range and Zanskar range can be witnessed. During clear sky K2 can also be seen at far distance.
Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the main airport in Leh City. It has a number of flights that connect Leh with Delhi as well as with few major cities of India.
Leh is connected to the rest of India by two highways: NH 1D (Srinagar-Leh Highway) and Manali-Leh Highway. The Srinagar-Leh Highway passes through Kargil and Zoji-La (3505m), whereas Leh-Manali Highway passes through famed Rohtang Pass and Tanglang La (5325m). It also passes through the upland desert plateau of Rupshu whose altitude ranges from 3,660 m to 4,570 m.