Spituk to Stok Trek

No of Days

03 Days

Higest Point

Stok La Pass At 4,800 Metres

Grade

Moderate

Attraction

Lamayuru Monastery And Hemis National Park

The trek from Spituk to Stok is easy yet adventurous. It will take you through the renowned part of the Hemis High Altitude National Park and lead you to Stok La pass at 4900 metres above sea level too. From Stok la, you will see three famous and parallel mountain ranges, namely Zanskar Range, Ladakh Range and Karakorum Range. You will also see few of the highest peaks of Ladakh, which are Kang Yatse and Stok Kangri. Snow leopards are known to be present in this area and route. And if you take a tour of the Stok Palace, your tour will be complete, as you will connect with the historical roots of Ladakhi this way.

Route Map of Spituk to Stok Trek

Spituk to Stok Trek - Trip Detail
  • 01

    Day

    Spituk (3200 metres) to Zingchan (3380 metres), 5 hours
    • A taxi will take you from Leh, early in the morning, to Spituk Village at 3200 metres or 10,500 feet. A 15th century monastery that follows the Gelugs School of Mahayana Buddhism dominates this village’s skyline. The annual festival of Spituk Gustor is held here in the month of February according to the Tibetan Calendar. This festival indicates the end of winter in Ladakh. When you reach the trekking point, walk towards Zingchan, which is at 3380 metres or 11,090 feet. The walk is easy and you have to cross a few rivers towards the end of the trail. This walk will help you get used to the altitude and climate, so that you can enjoy your whole trek. On your way, you will see the Indus Valley on one side and the Phey Villages on the other side of the River Indus. Before the trail starts to bend towards the Zanskar Range and the river Rumbak, you will see the SECMOL institute. After taking the bend, you will arrive at Rumbak, where you can relish your lunch in a pleasing ambiance. After finishing lunch, you have to walk towards Zingchan. On your way, you might see wild foxes, blue sheep, partridges and weasels. When you reach Zingchan, have hot tea or juice to regain energy. You can spend the rest of the day in any way you like.

  • 02

    Day

    : Zingchan (3380 metres) to base of Stok-La (4500 metres), 5 hours
    • Start walking upstream after breakfast to reach Rumbak Village. When you walk up the Rumbak River, the valley will get narrower. When you reach Rumbak Valley, the valley will get wider again. You have to cross the same river now and then to arrive at the Rumbak Village. If you don’t want to cross barefoot, use slippers with good grip. If you are lucky, you will see foxes, blue sheep or snow leopards on the way. Remember to click pictures of the Lato, also known as the valley’s protector, with colourful prayer flags surrounding it. When you reach the Rumbak Village at 3800 metres or 12,470 feet, you will see a parachute café that is run by the local women. Feel free to buy the pretty souvenirs these women make from sheep or yak wool. You can enjoy your lunch here or continue walking along the left valley. Visit a local house if you have time and interact with the family while sipping on hot tea! The small village of Rumbak is famous for organising snow leopard safaris during winters. The actual climb starts after you leave Rumbak and after an hour of walking towards the east, you will reach your camp. Enjoy some hot tea or refreshing juice when you reach the camp. It will be at the base of the pass towards Stok La at 4500 metres or 14,760 feet.

  • 03

    Day

    Base of Stok-La (4500 metres) to Stok via Stok-La (4800 metres), 6 hours
    • On day 3, you have to start early in the morning and slowly climb towards Stok-la Pass. The trail will begin with a charming and gently sloping valley, but a very tough and steep path will come up which you have to follow till you reach the Stok-La at 4800 metres or 15,750 feet. Admire the amazing views of the south face of Stok Peak from the summit. Then, you can enjoy a light snack on the top. You have to descend from Stok-la along a steep path that will take you to Lchangma. You can enjoy your lunch there and get some refreshing colas from the parachute café too. It is here that you will see the river which descends from the Stok-Kangri at 6153 metres. After resting here for a while, descend along this river’s left bank till you reach the summer pastures owned by the Stok inhabitants. Click photos of this lovely village with the Ladakh range in the backdrop. You might see vegetables, wheat and barley being grown in the fields here. The path becomes easy after that. After you reach the Stok Village, you can take a tour of the Stok Palace, which was built in 1814. The King of Ladakh currently resides here. The museum in the palace has a unique collection of jewels, ornaments of the royal family, traditional clothing, and thangkas. You can then drive back to Leh from Stok.

Things to remember before you start to trek:

  • Get accustomed to the altitude and climate before you start trekking. This will prevent breathing problems and accidents.
  • Carry with you good trekking shoes, warm clothes, slippers for crossing rivers and a solid walking stick.
  • Sunscreens and sunglasses are a must to stay protected from UV rays
  • Always keep water bottle and water filters with you as you will get thirsty

What is a usual day of trekking like?

Bed tea will be served to you in your tent with wishes, early in the morning. Then you have to start packing all your belongings. Keep essentials like camera, sunglasses, lunch and water bottle in a light backpack. Then, enjoy your breakfast in the dining tent. You will be all set for the day after breakfast. Your guide will show you the way on the trail, and you have to follow with your backpack. The heavier items will be carried by horses. You will stop for lunch at noon and take some rest. The trek will resume after that and the kitchen staff and horsemen will lead the way. Before you arrive at the camp, the team will have tea, juice and snacks ready for you. After arriving at the campsite, you can spend your leisure time in any way you want. You will be served dinner at 7pm and after that, the guide will share the next day’s plan with you. You can offer him your suggestions too.

The menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be multi-cuisine, starting from Tibetan and Ladakhi to Indian, Chinese, Continental, and Italian.

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