The Stok Kangri Expedition 2016 – A Pictorial Journey (Part 3)

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Day 3: Mankorma (4300m) to Base camp (5000m) Today we make our way to Base Camp (finally!)

The snow peaks get nearer in sight with each day, signalling that we are closer to summit day with each footstep.

I once read that Jesus spent his formative years in Ladakh before He went into his ministry at the age 30. There seemed to have some historical records proven that a man from the middle east came to live and walk among them during these times. [Read more…]

The Stok Kangri Expedition 2016 – A Pictorial Journey (Part 2)

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The lure of the sun comes early here. By 5:30am, I can already see darkness ceding to the light. From my experiences in Siguniang ’15,  I have chosen not to be deceived on this day. I remain in my sleeping bag until the warmth from the sun’s rays can be felt.

I slept well during the night. There was a bit of a rustle outside, maybe from footsteps of humans or animals. It could have been the wind. “At least it wasn’t a bear,” I think to myself.

Today’s itinerary will see the team pass through the barren grey landscape of Ladakh from Chang Ma (3988m) to Mankorma (4350m). [Read more…]

The Stok Kangri Expedition 2016 – A Pictorial Journey (Part 1)

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit

August 2015. There was this pact made on the summit of Dafeng, Siguniang between a group of climbers. This pact dictated that every year, a few of us would seek to come together and outdo our previous year’s achievement, proving to ourselves that we still have what is takes. Our commitment to each other was a year’s worth of discipline and training.

How do you decide on which mountain to choose to climb? Do you choose according to your budget…or time…or what enthralls your imagination? No matter what it takes to climb it? [Read more…]

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Leh, Ladakh, India

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit

This small town located in the river valley of an old trading route is full of culture and surrounded by natural beauty. Differing from the bustling and dusty streets of metropolitan India, it’s best seen by foot and most loved by those travelers who are eager to get in touch with the nature of this sprawling country. If you haven’t considered visiting Leh, here are 10 reasons why you should. [Read more…]

Pictorial Journey: North Sikkim by Sonika Uppal

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The words of Aim’e Cesaire come to my mind as the Maruti Gypsy powers over the loose gravel on the NH10 enroute to Sikkim.

Hurray for those who never invented anything
Hurray for those who never explored anything
Hurray for those who never conquered anything
But who, in awe , give themselves up to the essence of things
Ignorant of the shell , but seized by the rhythm of things
Not intent on conquest ,but playing the play of the world

I close my eyes and settle back into the upholstery, dreaming away the centuries on the southern slopes of the Himalayas and fight back the waves of nausea that well up within me. I am headed to Lachung in the north eastern state of Sikkim with my two little girls in tow. Until the 1950’s, the kingdoms of Sikkim , Bhutan, and Nepal were unknown to the West. Visitors were not welcome and the locals stayed untouched by foreign ideas. [Read more…]

Amazing Hikes You Must Do Before You Die: The Markha Valley Trek

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Hiking through the Markha Valley allows individuals to have the experience of climbing India’s Himalayas. The valley is found in Ladakh, which is filled with interesting people and beautiful landscaping, making it a truly unique and refreshing experience for many. Ladakh is a desert located at a high altitude. Many hikers find this an appealing aspect of participating in this particular trek. The remote location of the desert peaks the curiosity of hikers coming from all over the world.

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