On July 9, Sangke Konyak became the first woman in India to summit Mount Stok Kangri, Leh, which is the highest summit that can be trekked (20,187 feet) in India and the highest mountain in the Stok range of the Himalayas.
Konyak is a Student Counsellor – Middle School at Pathways School Gurgaon. The avid climber’s interest in mountain climbing grew after she had inspiring stories to tell her students back at the school.
Konyak had no formal technical training in mountaineering prior to Stok Kangri. According to her, a lot of running and yoga went into preparation for the trek.
Scaling Stok Kangri generally takes 3-4 days on an average, but Konyak completed the summit with her guide Dorjay within an astonishing period of 24 hours. Apparently, the duo did not sleep for 24 hours and kept eating energy bars to stay awake to continue climbing up the mountain.