I am mountain kind of person so my relationship with mountains is somewhat inarticulate, yet possessed a hidden eloquent. I have done many treks but Stok Kangri have a special place in my heart. This trek change me from hidebound traveler to free soul, where I found true myself open to infinite possibilities, where there is no limit of joy and peace.
When I started my trek, I was trapped in my own mind of being alone. Because I planned this trek my friend, but due to some circumstance she cancelled the trek. This make me think twice because Stok Kangri(6153mtr) is high altitude trek and little technical, doing solo is little challenging for me both physically and mentally.
But without having second thought i pack my bag pack and catch the flight. The day I started my trek it made me realize why we are afraid of going solo? When we are in world of infinite possibilities, just we need to let go of your rigid plans and go with the flow so we can experience the best part of travel. I love the base camp of Stok Kangri so much that after summit I stayed three days in the base camp doing nothing. Every day I wakeup in the womb of nature see sunset and sunrise, sitting beside the river watching the stillness of nature. I have learn a lot from this trek and will continue as there is always room for learning something more and improvement as we are humans and WE Evolve!
Maximum altitude: 20,187 feet
Season: End-June to mid-September
Climbing Permit: Trekkers need a permit to climb Stok Kangri. Permits are available at the Indian Mountaineering Foundation’s office in Leh for ₹200 for Indians and ₹2,000 for foreign nationals. If you forget to get the permit you can get in Mankorma base camp.
Stay: Home stay is available you can pay 1500 INR per day which include food, tent, sleeping bad and sleeping mat. You need to inform in advance to the camps of the home stay. So that they can arrange for the home stay
Guide: Porter, mules and guide are available in the trek. Guide will cost you around 6000-7000 INR for the whole trek.
Gears: All gears are available in the base camp you can rent gears in the base camp crampons 200INR, snow boot 300INR, Ice axe 300 INR and rope with safety harness 200 INR.