trip report by besthike editor Rick McCharles
I flew Delhi to Leh in September (the best month) to circumambulate the most famous mountain in the area, Stok Kangri.
- the most popular hike in Ladahk, northern India, bordering Tibet
- easy access out of Leh
- 6-8 days
- 111km (69mi)
- early June to mid-October
- big risk of altitude sickness
- 2-3 high passes (4900m-5200m)
- several nights at very high altitude
- sleep in tent or in “homestays”
- frequent flights from Delhi. Infrequent flights from Srinagar and Jammu.
- hike independently or with a Guide
- check the confusing tourist visa requirements for India. Some nations can get a visa-on-arrival at airports.
Nobody speaks about hiking distance in the Himalaya. Only altitude truly matters. Markha ranges from 3190m – 5287m.
Acclimation is critical.
I spent 3 nights in dusty, cluttered Leh. And a 4th day cycling from the highest road pass – 38kms back to town.
I was hoping 4 days would be long enough to successfully start from Stok, rather than the usual place – Zingchen.
I’ll leave my luggage locked up in a Leh hotel. And try for a solo, independent, tenting week in the high mountains.
Wish me luck. 🙂
See all my high resolution photos from this day on flickr.