by SAJJAD HUSSAIN
KARGIL: Three Army Jawans from Kargil have conquered Ladakh’s highest peak Stok Kangri (6121mtr). This peak located in Leh district is the second highest peak in Ladakh region after Nun Kun which is located near Parkachik village of Kargil district.
The three mountaineers are Sajjad Hussain (Thasgam Drass), Maznoor Hussain (Drass) and Mustafa Hussain (Gongma Kargil). It took themnine days to scale the peak. After reaching in the peak they have flared national flag, flag of their regiment and the flag of Hazrat Imam Hussain.
“Our aim to flare all these flags to pay tribute to the martyrs of Karbala and also pray for unity and integrity of our nation,” Mustafa, one of the trio said. “We have carried local food and sleeping bags along with us.”
Stok Kangri (6,153 meters (20,187 ft)) is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas in the Leh district. The peak is located in Hemis National Park, 12 km southwest of the trail head at 3,610 meters (11,844 ft.) in the village of Stok and around 15 km southwest of the Leh town.
Despite its altitude, Stok Kangri is a popular trekking peak and is often climbed as an initial non-technical foray into high altitude mountaineering. However, Stok Kangri is very often underestimated for its difficulty level and in particular the need to acclimatise before and during the ascent.