It is incredible that after reaching the space, there are also places on the Earth that are not yet explored. However, two young Indians have proved that no unexplored peak is too high or hidden to not be reached! In the maps, we can finally write another new mountain, its name is Mount Kalam and on the top of this mountain we might see the proud flag of India waving in the air, thanks to Arjun Vajpai and Bhupesh Kumar.
The new mountain, explored by these two Indian boys, is measured to be 6,180 meters and is in Himachal’s Spiti valley. As the first climbers reached the top of the mountain, Arjun and Bhupesh had the opportunity to name it. Since today, the Hill will carry the name of the late beloved President of India, Dr.A.P.J.Abdul.Kalam.
Despite the youth of the climbers, they already have had rich experiences gained on the tops of the highest mountains in the world. Arjun Vajpai is 22 years old, coming from Noida, and in his short life, he has already climbed the Mount Everest back in May, five years ago. At 17 years, he became the third youngest man from India, scaling the highest eight thousand meters peak in the world.
Bhupesh Kumar lives in Bulandshahr, UP. He has already reached other 17 different peaks of the world mountain massifs earlier. They linked their forces to this venture to be the firsts to touch the top of the unexplored mountain in India.
In India, there are more than 300 other mountains, height more than six thousand meters that are waiting to be explored, and this is also the reason, why these two youngsters wanted to reach one of them. Arjun hopes to inspire the other young people in exploring the peaks and feel as Edmund Hillary and George Mallory, who were the first ones to the top of the highest mountain peak in the world, Mount Everest.
“People generally stick with the famous or the known ones in mountaineering, without realizing the vastness of hidden mountain ranges in our country. We decided to summit the virgin to start a trend for unexplored mountains,” he told the DNA.
During the interview with The TOI, Arjun explains: “It is a technically challenging mountain with lots of deep snow, hidden crevasses, and abundant rock. Climbing the mountain in an extremely cold environment was difficult. But we scaled it successfully.”
The explored mountain, newly called Mount Kalam, is positioned near the Bara Shigri glacier. This glacier is also the second largest glacier in India.