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Dream of a Summit. Dream Stok Kangri (6153 m)

Leh, Himachal Pradesh, India

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A popular and a non technical summit, Stok Kangri is a dream summit of many. At a height of 6120 m, Stok Kangri, in Ladakh, is the highest trekkable summit of the Stok ranges. Easily accessible from Leh, the Stok Kangri peak can be attempted by those who want a taste of high altitude trekking. Trekking through the barren lands of Ladakh till the base camp and the final summit push of 1200 m through glaciers and steep slopes imposes a challenge to even the skilled trekkers. A summit attempt to Stok should not be taken lightly and one has to acclimatize really well before heading off for the final climb.

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Our journey to Stok begins the moment we reach Leh. Leh is easily accessible in the month of July. We can choose to fly down to Leh directly from Delhi or take the picturesque and challenging Manali - Leh Highway to reach Leh. Though flying down to Leh is an easier option and saves a lot of time, reaching Leh by road gives our body ample time and opportunity to acclimatize. The Great Escape team would advice the participants to reach Leh by road. As we pass 3 high altitude passes and stay overnight at Keylong, our body gets used to the high altitude and makes the acclimatization process for the Stok Kangri summit easier.
The Route:
Manali – Rohtang (13051ft) – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La (16043ft) – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang – Tanglang La (17582ft) – Gya – Upshi – Karu – Leh
IF YOU PLAN TO COME TO LEH BY ROAD, START FROM MANALI ON THE 9th OF JULY. Reach out to us for further details

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Spend this day exploring the vibrant capital of Ladakh, Leh. Leh is a powehouse of beauty and culture. The market and the streets hustle and bustle with both tourists and locals alike. The local cuisine is lip smacking and there are dozens of monasteries and ancient temples that can be visited. Take the day slow, especially if you have arrived to Leh by flight. Breathe in the fresh air and let your body get used to the altitude, for an experience that will change your life forever will begin tomorrow

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Our journey begins.
Take the scenic road to Stok Village. The drive is an adventurous one and is full of natural beauty. The Stok village lies immediately to the south of Leh and it is well known for a royal palace. The recently crowned king of Ladakh lives here. There is also a small museum inside the palace which has beautiful and religious artifacts.

It takes 3 hours to reach Chang Ma, our midway point of our Day 1 trek. The trail passing through the barren lands of Ladakh looks magical and divine. Trek along the beautiful Stok River towards Chang Ma where we halt for a much needed break and lunch. At 13000 ft, we will start noticing the effects of the altitude. It's another 3 hours treks through rock strewn path to our campsite Manokarma. Manokarma camp, at a height of 14,200 feet, is similar to Chang Ma, poised in a valley, but wider. Stok river flows close to our tents and dominates all the other nature sounds. Spend the evening at the campsite, relaxing and getting used to the high altitude.

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A few hours trek takes you back to the base camp. This day will show us the real beauty of ladhak and gives us the answer why ladhak is known as cold desert. Though the trek is relatively easy, the altitude and even slightly steep slopes will leave us gasping for air.
At a height of 16,300 feet, it is important to acclimatize well. Walking around leisurely with ears open would help a great deal in acclimatization. We will plan an acclimatization walk for the team. " Walk high, sleep low" From the base camp we can even view some beautiful peaks like like Gulap Kangri and Parcha Kangri.

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Wake up early morning. After breakfast, the team would head off for a planned acclimatization walk. An appx altitude gain of 500 m will be attempted. Come back to the campsite during lunch time.
Post lunch, spend the evening resting. Our Summit attempt to Stok Kangri may start anytime between 10:00 pm - 1:00 am depending on the snow and weather conditions. Ensure your body is well rested for it will be a push to the summit.

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The day has finally arrived. We will wake you up early in the morning to start the climb. Gear up well. Right attire is extremely important for a successful summit
From the base camp climb up to the pass. From there cross the glacier. We may come across crevasses. Once we cross the glacier, the challenge begings. What stands in front of is is the steep slope leading to the summit ridge. Climbing up a 60 degree inclination at 18000 ft is a no easy task. But do not stop, for a reward is waiting for us. We push ourselves up the steep slope to the summit ridge. The ridge is a tricky part. We may be roped up for safety reasons. The summit is clearly visible from the ridge and at a reachable distance. Traverse across the ridge to the final climb of the summit. Push through the last few meters to reach the top. YOU HAVE MADE IT:)
The view from the top is breath taking.There are no words to describe the feeling of pure joy that you feel when you stand on the top. Feel proud for you have pushed yourself against all odds to reach the top of the highest trekkable peak in Leh. The summit offers you great views of the area. The wide and open surroundings give you a royal feeling. Towards the north, you would get a view of the Karakoram range. The Saser Kangri dominates the sky in the north along with the Karakoram, and the Zansker ranges in the south. Take some moment on the top and then head back to the base camp.

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It is time to head back. This is the final day of our trek and after the summit it might feel tiring. Retrace your step back all the way to Stok village and drive back to Leh from there.

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A spare day to make a second attempt to the summit if required. Else this day can be spend sight seeing around Leh

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Here you can choose to fly out of Leh as well. Leave Leh with some fond memories and of course a new achievement in your bag

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Fatema Zavery

It's always a pleasure travelling with TGE! The one thing I love most is their attention to detail, which ensures that your trip is a memorable one. Travelling with TGE is a wholesome experience, you see the larger more iconic places with no compromise on the little things. Travel with them if you want to interact with the people of the place, eat their food, in short experience their lives. These guys do a superb job of making everyone comfortable and everytime I travel with them I make beautiful bonds with all the other travellers. I would 100% recommend TGE to everyone who has the travel bug. It doesn't get better than this! ☺️❤️

Diwan Chauhan
Diwan Chauhan

I have known Reetu and Jamila for many years and have worked with them in the past. But this was the first time I decided to travel with them as a participant. When Reetu told me about exploring Spiti in winters I was completely on board. The itinerary sounded exciting and the pricing less. S my friend Manish and I immediately signed up for it. One of the best decisions I ever took. Spiti in winters in beautiful. The 7 days with the team was wonderful. We spent our days driving around the valley and our evenings dancing to pahadi songs. The planning was perfect with utmost care given in the choice of stay and comfort. Of course the highlight of the trip was spotting a snow leopard. Overall it was an amazing trip and I am looking forward to join many more with The Great Escape

Shravan Kumar Poshetty
Shravan Kumar Poshetty

Should I describe with “perfect planning” / “meticulous coordination”/ “cordial organiser”...might be with all of it.
Flawless execution is what makes them unique and organiser Reetu Yadav has let all of us experience it with her executional capabilities...
Accommodation:-5/5
Coordination:-5/5
Welcome:-5/5
Clarity n flow of communication:-5/5
Accommodation cleanliness:-5/5
Food:-5/5 (delicious)
Comfort in Mode of Travel:-5/5
Action in Emergency:- very swift 5/5
Team has proved that its not all about the commercial trip but also the cause which is concealed in their carryings. What we pay at Flemingo Resort at Dholavira goes to educate and for taking care of more than 400 students and their boarding facilities as well.
Its not over yet, you will be pleased to meet the gifted souls from remote villages who are manifested in their respective disciplines like Rogan Art (Hon’le prime minister himself have gifted one to Barack Obama), Wood Art and Bell Art, Textile etc.
You will get to eat the delicious food made out of love from the local (A1 class food).
Off all, well planned itinerary and the execution is commendable. We RoK team who departed on 12th Dec’19 are truly happy with the onsite organiser Reetu Yadav and the offline backbone Jamila Kapasi who took good care of each of us at every stretch.
Their intact affirmative relation and proper delicacy in their execution makes then unique.
My best friend is much impressed with their proceedings and that makes me much happier than ever.
Last but not least, am fortunate to have rest 13 of the participants as part of my extended family. Again the credit goes to TGE.
Kudos to the team and i look for further association with “THE GREAT ESCAPE” ( you have already give our team a great escape from the routine.
Way to go TGE team!!!

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Kumar Tarur Parameswaran

Such great detailed planning at micro level and being open and upfront about the tour details impressed me at the very start. They lived up to their promise in every which way.
TGE’s expression of their solidarity towards the cause of the villagers by getting travellers to interact with them in a lively way and help the villagers in their livelihood was one of the primary reasons I chose to travel with TGE.
TGE means immersive experiential travel and what you get in return and come away with are unforgettable lifetime memories.
Looking forward to many more tours with TGE. Reetu and Jamila pull your collars up. Way to go! You will go miles!

Roopal Nagaria
Roopal Nagaria

The great escape recently took care of my 10 days family trip to Bhutan. We were 9 of us, including 2 kids and 2 elderlies. Each detail of the trip was so beautifully planned and coordinated. Jamila was personally in touch with drivers, hotels and homestay owners to ensure we ar getting the best of experience. We never even had to look for directions, call hotel or tell driver about anything. Everything was already taken care of and we were just the guests in very true sense. Such a wonderful trip it was. Everything was so beautiful including all the places where we stayed.
Much thanks to Jamila and the great escape team to make it work like magic for us!
100 stars!!


Inclusions

- 2 nights accommodation in Leh on sharing basis.
- Transportation from Leh to Stok Village and back
- Vegetarian meals during the trek.
- Sleeping bags and mats
- Accommodation in tents on sharing basis during the trek
- Service of an experienced trek leader and an expedition guide
- Equipment for the summit if needed and required (crampons and ice axe)

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-To and fro flights
- Food/Meals in Leh
- Sightseeing in Leh
- Personal expenses and tips
- Individual mule + Porter charges.
- Snow boots


HOW TO REACH

9th August: Reach Leh. You can directly fly to Leh. Preferred flights are early morning flight
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You can come via road from Manali/Srinagar. ( Please note, the road journey takes an additional 2 to 3 days one way)

18th August: Fly out of Leh in the morning. You can choose to travel by road too


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20 days before the event start date: No Refund 20- 45 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 45 days of the event start date: 75% Refund Do go through our detailed T&C https://drive.google.com/file/d/12ZJansareLbkc5fVGMOFBnU-6X_Gx0eS/view?usp=sharing

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