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Published: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 15:30 [IST]
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Did you know of a peak named after the late Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam? Nestled among the snow-capped Himalayas, this six-thousander is one that is to be explored.

Mount Kalam overlooks Spiti Valley, and the peak is around 6180m above sea level. Though there are many tourist places in the Himalayas that tourists often visit, this peak was among the unexplored ones and was not even named till two friends decided to scale it.

Arjun Vajpai and Bhupesh who hails from Noida and Bulandshehr respectively, set out on a mission to scale this unexplored, yet adventurous peak which is located near Bara Shigri glacier that is known to be the second longest glacier in the world after Gangotri. They wanted to climb the peak to inspire youngsters to chase their dreams, and also encourage more adventure seekers into mountaineering.

Mount Kalam

Arjun Vajpai atop Mount Kalam
Photo Courtesy: Srj.cooldude 

The peak is said to be a challenging one, with snow that covers all the deep crevasses that are hidden beneath. The uneven rocks and the steep climb is worth taking the risk, provided you are experienced in mountaineering.

The unnamed peak got its name after these two adventure enthusiasts climbed the lofty peak and hoisted the Indian tricolour flag, naming it Mt. Kalam!

Spiti Valley is a place you can visit near this peak. Some of the places worth exploring here include Key Monastery and Dhankar monastery. Yak safari is an adventure activity that you can try here.

Hotels Near Mount Kalam

There are a number of stay options in and around Spiti. Some of the hotels are here Parasol Camps & Retreat, Banjara Retreat and Hotel Spiti Sarai. You can also choose to stay at the HPDTC hotel here or even at the PWD Rest House if the rooms are booked well in advance.

Best Time for Mount Kalam Trek

To experience snow at its best, winter is the right time to try this trek! For a better view of the landscape around, summers are the best to scale the peak. Though the area receives relatively less rain compared to other areas, it is advised not to trek during this season.

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