Day 1: Arrive Leh
Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel. A day of rest is highly recommended as it eases the process of acclimatisation. Also sipping hot tea while stretching your legs in the lap of Himalayas is definitely not a bad way to start you trip, alternatively you can also choose to visit the local market in the evening.
Dinner and overnight stay in Leh
Day 2: Leh local sightseeing
Sindhu Ghat: The Sindhu Ghat at Choglamsar village at the bank of Indus is where 50 senior Lamas hold prayers to mark the beginning of the Leh festival.
Thiksey Monastery: Thiksey Gompa is the most beautiful of all monasteries in Ladakh which lies on a hilltop to north of Indus River. The monastery is home to a 35ft Buddha statue, a must visit.
Leh Palace: The erstwhile palace was home to the royal family, located on a hilltop it overlooks the Leh town and offers spectacular views of the same.
Shanti Stupa: A spectacular white domed structure, the Shanti Stupa located on a hilltop at Chagspa offers magnificent view of the sunset. It was constructed by a Buddhist organization, known as 'The Japanese for World Peace'.
Dinner and overnight stay at Leh.
Day 3: Leh (11500 ft.) to Chang Ma (13087 ft.) via Stok Village (11800 ft.)
The day starts with a drive to Stok village. The drive is an adventurous one and full of natural beauty and lush green trees. The Stok village lies immediately to the south of Leh and it is well known for a royal palace. The recently crowned king of Ladakh lives here. The day 3 is however the day when you trek to Chang Ma. You would like to spend the night here and the overnight stay would be in tents in the open lands.
Day 4: Chang Ma (13087 ft.) to Mankorma (14200 ft.)
From Chang Ma we shall trek up to Mankorma. This day will show you the real beauty of Ladakh and while trekking you will cross the 2-3 times small streams. It is a fairly easy trek along with the river and you would love the overnight stay in tents.
Day 5: Mankorma (14200 ft.) to Base camp (16300 ft.)
A few hours trek takes you back to the base camp. During the day time, you can walk on the upper areas of the campsite and enjoy the views of the surroundings. There are some beautiful peaks like Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri and many others. You can also take rest in the base camp to make sure that the group is ready for the next day’s trek and touring. You would get time to acclimatise to the weather.
The overnight stay, would again be arranged in tents and make sure that you have enough warm clothes for the lowering temperature.
Day 6: Rest day + training day
This day is an easy day for trekkers. It is essentially a day to train for the upcoming trek and know the possibilities and challenges that are involved in it. Your trek leader and guide would let you know about all the different changes in the terrain. The overnight stay would again be in tents. By now, you should be well familiar to the conditions prevailing during the day and night.
Day 7: Base camp (16300 ft.) to Stok Kangri (20080 ft.) back to base camp
Now that you have had rest for a day i.e. the Stok Kangri trek, you should be well prepared for the big climb. We shall wakeup early to start the climb. The route goes through glaciers and then comes to steep slopes to the summit ridge. It would take somewhere between 9 to 10 hours for average climbers. Slow climbers may take another 2 to 3 hours in addition.
The summit offers you great views of the area. Towards the north, you would get a view of the Karakoram range. Overnight stay, as usual, would be in tents.
Day 8: Base camp to Leh
This day would be the ultimate day of your fantastic trekking experience. The trek which included high altitude trekking mountaineering and expedition would finally come to an end after this day. But before you end the day, you would see a lot of snow clad beauty and memorable view of mountain ranges.
On the same day, after you reach Leh, you would also have to cover up to Stok Village on your feet. Stok village is the final stopping point of trekking. From Stok village to Leh, you would have to take a drive.
Day 9: Departure From Leh
At the end of an outstanding trek to Stok Kangri through the Himalayas, you are back to Leh and preparing for the journey back home.