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Stok Kangri: The Celebrity

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Amountain for every high altitude fan! Stok Kangri is for bold experience­d skilled trekkers. It is relatively easy for knowledge of mountainee­ring techniques is not required. It is a trek, hard mountain walk, to the hexathousa­nder summit. About 15-20 hour’s nonstop return trek from the basecamp to the summit requires lots of stamina and will. The altitude difference of the route is more than 1,000m that is too much of altitude covered in less than a day, especially for visitors coming from the sea level. S0, being unfit at high altitude may cost a limb, life, dream, or all three.

The basecamp becomes a tent town elucidatin­g consumeris­m during summer. The trekkers from far and wide crowd the single main route. The consumeris­m slays the characteri­stic remoteness in no time.

Colorful Buddhist flags flutter at the summit. Each color represents a natural element: blue for sky, green for water, red for fire, white for wind, and yellow for earth. It is believed that wind carries the prayers as far as it flies. Many copycat (of the wind) social media users spread false and true stories about the kangri (an ice peak in local language) and trekking opportunit­ies like wild fire.

Skiable slopes of the peak drew attention of Indo-British team in 1994. Snow-forecast. com claims Stok Kangri is a “minor ski resort” offering an impressive descent of 2,605m. But it is not a ski resort. It is the famous peak for ambitious trekkers. However, trained skiers may trek to the summit and descend on the skis.

A wide age group of thrill seekers attempt Stok Kangri, now in newly formed Ladakh Union Territory. Both young and old from different continents have been successful.

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