Stok Kangri is with its 6.153m the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas in the Ladahk region of northwest India. The peak is located in Hemis National Park, 12 km southwest of the trailhead at 3.610m in the village of Stok and around 15 km southwest of the Ladakhi capital of Leh.
The trek up Stok Kangri Peak is considered one of the most challenging treks on Himalayan Mountains. The only reason this trek is considered a difficult one is due to the height of the destination, 6.153 meters above sea level, even higher than Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain of Africa. The altitude of Stok Kangri is almost 70% height of Mount Everest
Despite its altitude, Stok Kangri is a popular peak 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, and one must be mentally and physically fit and prepared to attain this trek.
A lot of trekkers return from the base camp of Stok Kangri without even completing the last leg to the summit.
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, which was devastated by flooding in the first week of August 2010, the most severe in decades.
The first official winter season ascent was made in March/April 2002, by the Bicton college team, which had three members on the summit. Snow was so deep base camp was located over a mile down an adjacent valley pitched on the frozen river.