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Ascent to Stok La pass

Trip on the way to Stok Kangri

Petr Liška
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Ascent to Stok La pass
Inserted: 24.09.2021
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com
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From the valley leading to the famous Stok Kangri mountain, you can climb as a good acclimatization trip to the simple Stok La pass (4,846 m above sea level) and enjoy beautiful views of the desolate landscape of Ladakh full of colorful rock ridges. You can also take a trip as a tour and return to the camp by an alternative route

Starting point for climbing the Stok La saddle

From the end of the village of Stok, it is less than six kilometers through the valley (along the route leading in the direction of the famous mountain Stok Kangri) and about 450 meters to the place where the refreshment Tea Tent stands at the crossroads. The main route to Stok Kangri then descends slightly into the valley and turns left. The road to Stok La leads upwards. After a few tens of meters there is a nice plot where you can set up a tent (approx. 4,050 m above sea level), leave your luggage here and easily go to the Stok La saddle. The photo shows a view back to Tea Tent and the crossroads

Starting point for climbing the Stok La saddle
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Landscape around the camp

The local landscape is made for lovers of rocks of different shapes and colors

Landscape around the camp
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Through the valley towards the Stok La saddle

There is a crossroads about 150 meters from the camp. The good news is that both roads lead to Stok La Pass. I turn right into a smaller valley. The road leads through a gorge around weathered rocks.

Through the valley towards the Stok La saddle
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Above the gorge

The road slowly leaves the gorge and the landscape opens. This is a look back, towards the gorge

Above the gorge
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In the Stok La pass (4,846 m above sea level)
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In the Stok La pass (4,846 m above sea level)

After about two hours of brisk walking, I stand lightly in the pass. It should have 4,900 on the local sketches, but in reality it is 50 meters lower. Prayer flags flutter here. The view from the saddle itself is not excellent – The view of the Indus Valley is obscured by a rock massif

Ascent above the Stok La saddle

If you want to have better views, you need to continue the ascent south, where the terrain is well passable

Ascent above the Stok La saddle
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View of Stok Peak (4,950m)

The goal can be the top of Stok Peak (4,950 m), about 100 meters above the Stok La saddle

View of Stok Peak (4,950m)
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At the top of Stok Peak

In 15–20 minutes walk from the saddle you will be at the top of Stok Peak, from where the views are much better than from the saddle itself

At the top of Stok Peak
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View of the Indus Valley

The view of the Indus Valley is great. The desolate Ladakh Mountains occupy the entire horizon

View of the Indus Valley
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The peaks of the Stok Mountains

The peaks of the Stok Mountains are covered with remnants of glaciers, which can be found at altitudes above 5,500 meters above sea level.

The peaks of the Stok Mountains
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Amazing sunset

You can return the same way or the other path to make the trip more varied

Amazing sunset
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