Stok Kangri

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Stok Kangri
Stok Kangri western flank.jpg
Stok Kangri as seen from the north west flank
Highest point
Elevation 6,153 m (20,187 ft) [1]
Coordinates 33°59′10″N 77°26′33″E / 33.98611°N 77.44250°E / 33.98611; 77.44250Coordinates: 33°59′10″N 77°26′33″E / 33.98611°N 77.44250°E / 33.98611; 77.44250
Geography
Stok Kangri is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Stok Kangri
Stok Kangri
Zanskar Range, Himalayas
Parent range Zanskar Range
Climbing
First ascent 1951
StokKangripic.jpg
Stok Kangri (the highest peak) seen from Leh.

Stok Kangri (elevation 6,153 m (20,182 feet) is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of northwest India. The peak is located in Hemis National Park, 12 km southwest of the trailhead at 3,610 m (11,845 feet) in the village of Stok and around 15  km southwest of the Ladakhi capital of Leh. Despite its altitude, Stok Kangri is a popular peak[to whom?] and is often climbed as an initial non-technical foray into high altitude mountaineering. However, Stok Kangri is very often underestimated for its difficulty level.[why?][2]

In late July and August, all but the top of the peak may be snow-free. The elevation data was verified by GPS readings from 11 satellites at the Summit during a late July 2007 joint Nepalese-US expedition which encountered snow cover for 85% of the final four-hour, four km, 900 metre climb.[citation needed]

The shortest and most popular approach to the peak ascends the Stok valley, along the Stok Chu. This valley's grazing landscape, especially near the village Stok, was devastated by flooding in the first week of August 2010, the most severe in decades.[3]

List of peaks seen from Stok Kangri: [4]

  1. Apsarasas Kangri I ( 7245m ), 
  2. Chamshen Kangri ( 6950m ), 
  3. Kun ( 7077m ), 
  4. Lungsher Kangri ( 6666m ), 
  5. Mamostong Kangri ( 7516m ), 
  6. Nun ( 7135m ),
  7. Rimo Kangri I ( 7385m ), 
  8. Rimo Kangri III ( 7233m ), 
  9. Saser Kangri I ( 7672m ), 
  10. Saser Kangri II ( 7513m ), 
  11. Saser Kangri III ( 7495m ), 
  12. Z2 ( 6152m )
  13. K2 ( 8611m )

Trekking to the summit of Stok Kangri[edit]

Stok Kangri has over the recent years gained tremendous popularity among trekkers and novice mountaineers owing to the non-technical nature of its climb. The 6000m peak presents the usual challenges of a mountaineering expedition, despite its relative ease. Therefore, one must be considerably fit and mentally strong to scale this giant. The biggest hurdle at such altitudes is rarefied air, which can give acute headaches and nausea to even the fit climbers towards the last stage of climbing the peak. The usual itinerary is as follows:[5]

  • Days 1-2 - acclimatization in Leh
  • Day 3 - LEH – MATHO AND TREK TO GANGPOCHEY (4300 M, DRIVE 45 MINS & TREK 5/6 HRS)
  • Day 4 - GONGPOCHEY – MANKARMO (4400 M, TREK 4/5 HRS)
  • Day 5 - MANKARMO - STOK BASE CAMP (4900 M, TREK 3/4 HRS)
  • Day 6 - BASE CAMP ACCLIMATIZATION AND HEIGHT GAIN
  • Day 7 - BASE CAMP - STOK KANGRI (6153 M) - BASE CAMP
  • Day 8 - EXTRA DAY AS A BACK UP
  • Day 9 - STOK BASE CAMP (4900 M) – STOK VILLAGE (3650 M, HIKE /4 HRS) – LEH (DRIVE/30 MINS)

References[edit]

Loram, C., 2004, Trekking in Ladakh (3rd Edition), India Trekking Guides, Trailblazer Publications, 304 p., ISBN 978-1873756751.