Stok Kangri - Detailed Itinerary


Stok Kangri Expedition.

Specially Design for our guest.

No of days:37 Days
Highest point: Summit Shangka phu 5800 meters.
Grade: Moderate to Challanging.
Attraction places:Manali, darcha,Zanskar sumdo, ramjak, Shingkula, Lakhang,sking, Thangso, Base camp, Nomadic camp, Summit, Phuktal, Testa,purnee, Padum,Rangdum,drangdung glacier, Kargil, lamayuru, Alchi, Leh


Program

DAY 01 DELHI – LEH (3,500 M / 11,550 FT) - BY FLIGHT 9W 1609 – DEP AT 0630 HRS / ARR AT 0745 HRS

After an early breakfast you are transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Ladakh. This must be one of the most sensational flights in the world. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif. Upon arrival you will be received and transferred to to your Hotel. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet! The rest of the day is at leisure for you to acclimatize.



DAY 02 IN LEH – VISIT SPITUK (3,210 M / 10,593 FT) & STOK – LEH PALACE, SANKAR & SHANTI STUPA

In the morning you visit Spituk Monastery that is seven km from Leh. It is built on a rock overlooking the River Indus. The Monastery was founded in the 11th century and belongs to the Gelug-pa sect. The oldest section of the monastery is the Gonkhang located at the top of the hill that contains images of the guardian deities. The main dukhang is located lower down in the four storeyed structure which also houses the private apartments of the Rimpoche. The principal statue in the dukhang is that of Sakyamuni Buddha. Then you drive to Stok Palace, which is the present residence of the former royal family of Ladakh. King Teswang Thondup Namgyal built the palace in 1825. The last king of Ladakh died here in 1974. The main palace is five storeys high. The palace museum displays the collections of the royal family. In the queen's chamber can be seen royal ornaments such as the beautifully crafted turquoise studded perak (head dress), the queen's crown as well as the necklace of the Balti Princess, Gyal Khatun. Within the king's room are displayed exquisite thangkas, most significant of which is the set of 35 thangkas depicting the stories relating to the former lives of Buddha. Other artifacts include silver chortens, the king's crown and a 7th century image of Avalokitesvara as well as jade cups, fine porcelain and ritual objects.  In the afternoon you visit Sankar Gompa, which belongs to Gelukspa school of Tibetan Buddhism. This small Gompa is a branch of Spituk Gompa, founded by the first incarnation of Skyabje Bakula (head monk of Spituk monastery). From here you return to downtown Leh on foot (a half hour of walk in descent) by a small path, which curves in the middle of the fields and orchards. There after you visit Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa.



DAY 03 IN LEH – STOK – BY SURFACE – BY SURFACE (17 KMS) – TREK TO MANCARMO (4250 M) - (APPROX 4 – 5 HRS)

Morning after breakfast, drive to Hemis monastery which is 45 km from Leh. Hemis festival is famous all over the Ladakh. After visiting Hemis monastery, drive back to Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. Thiksey monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa School in Ladakh and The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built it in 14th century. After visiting Thiksey monastery drive back to Leh via visiting Shey Palace. Shey was the ancient capital and residence of the King of Ladakh before the new capital became established in Leh. The main temple contains a large copper guilt satue Buddha built by King Deldan Namgyal in 1633. Overnight at hotel in Leh. (3500m)



DAY 04 MANCARMO – BASE CAMP (5020 M) – TREK (3-4 HRS) 

Gradually we go higher into a desolate area, which is inhabited only by marmots and blue sheep. Surrounded by high mountains, we, at base camp (5020 m), will prepare our self mentally and physically for the big day.



DAY 05 BASE CAMP – SUMMIT 6150 M – BASE CAMP (10-11 HRS)

Depending on weather and snow conditions, we leave early around 1:00 am or 2:00 am. Usually conditions are better in the night/morning, when the sky is clearer because it is colder and the snow will be harder to walk on. We just take a cup of tea and bring our lunch bag, before walking into the night with our torches. However, if it is a full moon night, the moon will guide us in its silvery glow. It is a strenuous walk, and in the last part we will most likely use not only ice axes, but also crampons and, maybe, even rope, depending on snow conditions. However, by the time we come close to the top, you will forget about the hardship as you are surrounded by one of the most beautiful sights in the Himalayas, lighted up by the slowly rising morning sun. In good weather conditions we can see the Saser group in the Great Karakoram Range, where K2 lies. To bring good fortune, we leave our Khatag, a religious scarf, on the mountaintop with prayer flags. Leaving the peak, we go down to Base Camp and by the time we arrive, the only thing running in our mind is diving into our sleeping bags for a welcome rest.



DAY 06 BASE CAMP – STOK (4 HRS) – DRIVE TO LEH

This morning we will not hurry and by the time we open our eyes, you realize that you have scaled a peak higher than any mountain in Europe or North America. After breakfast we will walk down to Stok, retracing our footsteps.



DAY 07 IN LEH – DAY FREE AT LEISURE

Today is a day free at leisure to do ones own activities and shopping.



DAY 08 LEH – DELHI 

BY 9W 610 DEP. 0735 HRS / ARR. 0850 HRS (4210 m)




 
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