- Duration : 12 days
- Season : July to August
- Region : Leh - Zanskar - Spiti - Manali
Detailed itinerary :
Day: 1 Leh – Lamayuru 3420m – Wanla 3250 m (3 hrs)
We will leave Leh by taxi in the morning for Lamayuru, following the Indus River through Sham Valley. After visiting Lamayuru monastery, we will pack our backpacks and set off for our first day’s adventure. We will follow a stream for some time, and gradually climb up to the pass of Prinkti La (3750m). We will later pass through the small village of Shilla (3700 m) before reaching our campsite at Wanla (3250m), where we will spend the afternoon either relaxing in the sun or visiting the monastery.
Day: 2 Wanla – Hinju 3720m (4-5 hrs)
Following a dusty road we will reach the small village of Phenjilla (3410 m) and the scattered village of Ursi. We will then walk through a narrow gorge until we reach a traditional Rangthak (flour mill) at the far end of the village The trail will then cut through the village of Hinju(3720 m), roughly 2 km below our campsite in a yak herder’s encampment.
Day: 3 Hinju – Sumda Doksa 4430m (5-6 hrs)
From the encampment, we will continue along the trail and ascend the ridge below Kongskil La (4950m). If lucky, we will get a glimpse of some of the wild animals of the area. We will then climb gradually until we reach Kongskil La, where we will be surrounded by dizzying views of the Karakoram and Stok ranges. The descent down the trail is quite steep, with loose moraine causing the difficulty. The trail then follows the left side of the valley floor, passing a yak herders’ hut (4500m), before we reach our campsite. This valley is occupied mainly by the villagers of Sumda Chenmo.
Day: 4 Sumda Doksa – Dung Dung Chan la base 4430m (4-5 hrs)
After a short walk and a few river crossings, we will reach the village of Sumda Chenmo. From there we head towards the true left side of the valley, which provides us a beautiful view of the village, with its lush green surroundings. Further on, the trail cuts through the valley’s wild rose bushes and leads us to another river crossing (this stream originates from the high snow-capped peaks of Photoksar (5685m). Before making a steep, challenging ascent over Lanak, we will see Edelweiss and some of the other rare wild flowers of Ladakh. From the campsite, there is a splendid view of Konskila.
Day: 5 Dung Dung Chan La base – Chilling 3550m (5 hrs)
We will begin the day with a straight forward climb to Dungdung Chan La (4820m), which offers views of the beautiful vistas of the Stok Range in the east, and the Zanskar Range in the south. From the pass, the trail gradually descends down a ridge toward the valley, continually tapering before reaching the village of Chilling.
Day: 6 Chilling to Shingo 4125mts 6 hrs
Today we follow the Zankar upstream to the village of Skiu, where we turn away from the main river and follow beautiful gorge upto Shingo. we will camp overnight there.
Day: 7 Treks to Rumbak 3800mts 6-7hrs
From Shingo we follow a long gradual ascent to the Gandala at 4850mts. We pass Yurutse and continue to our camp near Rumbak.
Day: 8 Rumbak to Mancarmo 4200 m via Stok la 4900mts 5-6 hrs
The trail up to the base of Stok la (4900 m) starts fairly gradually but becomes steeper as we approach the pass. Views of the Indus valley and remarkable colorful rock formations of Stok la will diminish the hardship of our climb. We move along the mountainside up and down until we reach some stone houses, used by the Stok villagers for summer pasture. Our campsite at Mancarmo is also a first camp for the Stok Kangri approach.
Day: 9 Mancarmo – Base Camp 5000mts 5hrs
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: 10 Base to Advance Base camp 5300mts
We can use the advanced base camp on the climb because it shortens the summit day and increases everyone’s chance of reaching the summit, this tactic works well. The route starts with climbing the moraine above the base camp and then descending gently to the glacier beyond.
Day: 11 Advance Base Camp – Summit 6150 m – Base Camp 7-9 hrs
Depending on weather and snow conditions, we leave early at around 3:00 am. By the time we come close to the top, you will forget about the hardships as you are surrounded by one of the most beautiful sights i.e. 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, 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 well deserved rest.
Day 12 Base Camp – Stok 6 hrs
This morning we will not hurry and by the time we open our eyes, you will 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. Drive back to Leh.