Day 01 : Leh – Stok – Mankarmo (4 – 5 hrs)
Drive from Leh in a Tata Sumdo in the morning. At Stok the pony man will load your big packs on the horses that are waiting for us. We head off for Mankarmo through a beautiful valley, where there are unusual rock formations that point skywards in orange, purple and green colors. Mankarmo (4350 m) is the summer pasture of Stok villagers. Camp for the evening.
Day 02 : Mankarmo – Base Camp (3-4 hrs)
Gradually we go higher into a desolate area, which is inhabited only by marmots and blue sheep. Surrounded by high mountains, we, at base camp (5020 m), will prepare ourselves mentally and physically for the big day. Overnight in Tents.
Day 03 & 04 : Summit Attempts
Base Camp – Summit 6150 m – Base Camp (10-11 hrs)
Depending on weather and snow conditions, we leave early around 1:00 am or 2:00 am. Usually conditions are better in the night/morning, when the sky is clearer because it is colder and the snow will be harder to walk on. We just take a cup of tea and bring our lunch bag, before walking into the night with our torches. However, if it is moon lit night, it will guide us in its silvery glow. It is a strenuous walk, and in the last part we will most likely use not only ice axes, but also crampons and, maybe, even rope, depending on snow conditions. However, by the time we come close to the top, you will forget about the hardship as you are surrounded by one of the most beautiful sights in the Himalayas , lighted up by the slowly rising morning sun. In good weather conditions we can see the Saser group in the Great Karakoram Range, where K2 lies. To bring good fortune, we leave our Khatag, a religious scarf, on the mountaintop with prayer flags. Leaving the peak, we go down to Base Camp. Dinner & Overnight in Tents.
Day 05 : Base Camp – Stok (4 hrs) Trek & drive to Leh
After breakfast we will walk down to Stok village, retracing our footsteps. From Stok Village Drive back to Leh.