The Stok La Trek is one of the very popular short treks in the Leh / Ladakh region. While on the Stok La trek, trekkers go through the scenic valleys and pass through many traditional Ladakhi villages, and Buddhist monasteries. The trek takes you to Stok La, at an altitude of almost 4700 mtrs above sea level, from where there are excellent panoramic views of the Ladakh Himalayas, including the popular Stok Kangri Peak, which is at an altitude of over 6,123 mtrs, and which is a very popular trekking peak in the Leh Ladakh region. The trek also gives you a chance to visit the Stok Palace, the former residence of the Ladakh royalty.
Visit the Local Market of Leh
See Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery and Stok Palace
Enjoy the view of Leh Town from the enchanting Shanti Stupa
See Magnetic Hill and Sangam of Indus & Zangskar River
Visit to Gurudwara Pather Sahib
Explore Spituk, Rumbak, Zingchen and Stok Village
Admire the spectacular views of the Stok La
This short trek is great for those who don't have much time. You will discover the charming village of Rumbak surrounded by green fields and colorful mountains. On the last day, you will cross the Stok La pass and enjoy spectacular landscapes. It is also common to see wild animals such as blue sheep and marmots in this area.Our motto is to create the most excellent trekking experience of your life. Simply give us a call and leave everything on our professionals.
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After breakfast, transfer to airport in time to board flight for Leh. One of the highlights of a tour to Leh, are the maginificent views of the great Himalayan Desert that you see while the aircraft makes its approach into Leh airport. Met on your arrival in Leh and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to relax to acclimatize to the high altitude. Overnight in Leh.
We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singgey Namgyal by his son Deldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh. Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha; the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh. Later visit to famous Hemis Gompa; this is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singgey Namgyal.
The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July (known as Hemis Festival) has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world. Drive return to Leh. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Transfer to Spituk village near River Indus to start the Stok la Trek. The trail this day crosses across the vast desert plains overlooking the Phey village. Arrive at the tiny village of Zingchen. Overnight at Camp (3360m).
Today trek along a narrow mountain valley with a tiny stream following down to Zingchen village. The trek takes you ascending up slowly along the valley until you come across the village of Rumbak which is much larger than Zingchen. Rumbak is famous for spotting Snow Leopards during the winter months. Overnight at Camp (3700m)
The last day of the trek takes you to Stok village crossing over the Stok La pass 4900 Mt. One can see the Stok range of peaks from Stok la pass, among which Stok Kangri 6120 Mt. Is the highest peak & quite popular among mountain climbers. After the pass, the trail descends down towards Stok village and end the trek at Gyab-Thago Family home in Stok. Check in at the family homestay for overnight stay. Evening free at leisure and experience a typical stay with a Ladakhi family in Stok. Overnight in Stok (3600 m).
After breakfast drive to Leh, en-route visit Stok Palace which is royal residence of the King of Ladakh and also visit their Royal Museum. Arrive Leh and check in at Hotel Himalayan Heritage or Similar. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight in Leh
Fly down to your hometown on this day in the former hours of the day. With all the memories in your heart, happily and blissfully. Julley, Safe Journey and Visit again!
The trek follows a stunning high valley with superb views across the mountain region and is one of the best ways to still experience the unique culture of the High Himalaya region.
Unlike many destinations in India, Ladakh is not an all-year-around destination. Ladakh is a beautiful place that is located in the Himalayan range. It is located on the Indus River bank. This place has amazing scenery and many adventure routes for motorcycle enthusiasts. In short, the best time to visit Leh Ladakh is summer between the end of March to middle of August. The prime tourist time is between June and September.
The summer in Ladakh starts from April. The temperature can go as high as 30 degree C. During nights, the temperature would reach the minimum of 16 - 20 degree C. The summer here is neither cold nor hot. The climate would be pleasant all throughout the day. the summer ends in September. Summer ends in September. According to many, the best time to visit this place is between June and August. The summer would be at its prime and thus, the snow would all be melted giving the place a good greenery look. You can find a lot of tourists in this place during this period.
There is another reason for tourists to flock during this period. The Hermis Dance Festival is conducted during this time and it is a very vibrant and colourful event to watch. Starting from camping to trekking, you can enjoy a lot of adventure activities during this time. All passes, mountain routes, trekking routes and others would be open during this period. The lakes would be clear and it would be easy to camp near the river.
The top activities to enjoy during summer are Stok festival and Matho festival in March and May, Hemis festival and Phyang festival in June to August. Nubra Valley is a must visit for the summer tourists. Road trips to Manali and Sri Nagar would be at its prime beauty. In short, the best time to visit Leh Ladakh is summer between the end of March to middle of August. The prime tourist time is between June and August.
Rainfall starts in June and end by September. As you would have guessed this place would receive a lot of rainfall. The temperature would not be very cold, but the place would not be at its prime beauty. Most of the motorcycle and trekking routes would be blocked due to the rain. Many attractions would become inaccessible during this season. The temperature would be very pleasant and unless you want to drench in rain every day, it is better to avoid monsoon season. If you are planning to visit Ladakh during monsoon, make sure to watch Diskit and Thiksey festivals. You would be able to find considerable number of tourists during this season as the motorcycle tour passes would be at its prime beauty during this season. The trekking routes would be closed for safety purpose.
The winter starts from the second week of October and ends by February. The temperature can go as low as -20 degree C and as high as 2 degree C. The lakes would be frozen, motorcycle passes would be closed and trekking routes would be blocked. Almost all adventure activities becomes either dangerous or blocked. Still you can find a lot of tourists here during winter. Those who come to Ladakh for wildlife attraction would choose winter. This is when you can spot a lot of snow leopards here. Moreover, Spituk and Losar festivals happen in winter season. Last but not least, the place would be very beautiful like a fairy tale snow land. A lot of people consider winter as the best time to visit Ladakh due to the scenic beauty of the place.
Ladakh is called the adventure capital of the country for a genuine reason. The geographical location of the place makes it an ultimate destination for anyone looking for an adrenaline filled vacation. Ladakh is one of the very few destinations in the world where the entertainment starts the moment you begin your travel towards it. Thanks to the scenic routes, the travel to Ladakh is as exciting as your vacation. The land is bestowed with mountains, valleys, snows, cold desert, frozen lakes, trekking routes, rivers, mountain passes and so on. If you have picked Ladakh as you next destination, you are in for an exciting vacation.
Reach Ladakh from Kashmir Valley through Kargil, which is around 434 kms. This route remains open from early June to November. Zoji-La pass of the Himalayan ranges that is a gateway to Ladakh is approximately 11,500 feet (3,505 m high) above the sea level. J&K State Road Transport Corporation, J&K SRTC, runs regular deluxe and ordinary bus services between Srinagar and Leh. There's a night stay in Kargil. You can also hire cars, jeeps or taxis in Srinagar. If traveling in groups, you can rent deluxe buses for Leh, Kargil or Padum (Zanskar) from J&K SRTC at Srinagar.
Manali-Leh road of 473 kms, since 1989 has been another route to Ladakh. This route is open from mid-June to early October. The road passes through the desert plateau of Rupsho and is around 3,660m to 4,570m high. There are a number of high passes falling on the route,Taglang-La being second highest motorable road in the world, 17,469 feet (5,235m) above the sea level. Himachal Pradesh Tourism (HRTC) and J&K SRTC run daily deluxe and ordinary buses between Manali and Leh; that takes around hours (or two days) with night halt in camps at Sarchu or Pang. You can also hire a Gypsy or jeep taxis.
Leh - Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport is the main airport of the area. The flights are directly connected from Delhi, Srinagar and Jammu; by the flights run by Air India, Go Air and Jet Airways. The schedules are set already though, but these are subject to change according to the weather. It is advised that you keep your plans flexible.
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