Kunwar Arun Singh Yadav (2016), a B.A. Political Science student of Jamia, recently climbed the Stok Kangri mountain peak which has an elevation of 6,153 meters (20,182 feet). The Stok Kangri peak is considered to be the highest mountain peak in the Stok Range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of northwest India.
Besides scaling one of the highest summits in India, Arun also has an interesting side story to tell.
According to Arun, in early September (2014) he enrolled in an advance mountaineering course with the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering in Kashmir. The course includes the trek to Stok Kangri peak. However, before he and his fellow team of mountaineers could set out for their trek, there was a flood in Kashmir and they got stranded in Pahalgam. Instead of sitting idly by waiting for the situation to improve, they actively participated in the ongoing rescue operation. After two weeks of relief work, when things had changed for the better, did he and his team resume their trek for Stok Kangri. It was on the 23rd of September, when he finally managed to reach the summit and complete his trek.
Arun proudly says: Out of a group of 70 climbers, which included officers from the Air Force, only 42 of us could eventually reach the summit.
[News and photo courtesy: Kunwar Arun Singh Yadav]
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