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Hike Stok - Changma

The first stage of the trek to Stok Kangri

Petr Liška
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Hike Stok - Changma
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The first stage of the trek to Stok Kangri leads from the village of Stok (3,600 m above sea level) to the small camp Changma (4,020 m above sea level). The distance is only less than 6 km, so the better acclimatized then continue 2.5 km further. The actual path is relatively comfortable ascending with the stony valley of the river Stok

View of Stok Kangri

It is about 17 kilometers from Leh to Stok. From the beginning, you drive along the Indus River, then climb the ugly bare desert. You have at least a beautiful, undisturbed, view of the Stok Kangri mountain (6,140 m above sea level). Along the way you will pass the former royal palace in Stok

View of Stok Kangri
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Starting point for Stok Kangri Trek

Stok itself is a vast oasis in the Ladakh Desert. The starting point for the trek is at the very western end of the village. There are shops with snacks, they will cook for you here, or you can also arrange donkeys here. Here, too, they may want to see an entry permit.

Starting point for Stok Kangri Trek
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Trek through a desolate valley

After leaving the last farm houses, a journey awaits you through the desolate and wide valley of the river Stok

Trek through a desolate valley
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Ascent over a rocky promontory

After about 2.5 kilometers of walking you can choose to stay here on the same bank of the river and climb over a rocky promontory or bypass it on the other side of the river.

Ascent over a rocky promontory
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View of Stok

The path across the promontory is +80 meters high, but again you have a nice view of the path you have already walked and the mountains in the background

View of Stok
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Descent from the headland

The road continues through a slightly monotonously desolate valley

Descent from the headland
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A small oasis

In places where he has life, at least a little chance of survival in this stony desert, small bushy oases arise.

A small oasis
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Rock formations

Of interest, not only for geologists, are the local rock formations.

Rock formations
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Camping Changma

Finally, we are at Changma Camp, located at a crossroads. One road from here leads to the Stok La saddle, the more frequented direction Stok Kangri

Camping Changma
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