The Himalayas have held sway over the ambitions and imagination of generations of hikers, mountaineers, and dreamers alike. Be it the lofty Mt Everest, glacier lakes, forests of rhododendrons or the spirituality that imbues the mountains, there is something about the world’s most majestic range that calls out to humanity. Novice hiker or experienced mountaineer, within the adventure-seeker in each of us is an irresistible pull towards this fascinating region. We sit down with Changjiang Chen (aka CK), to find out what it is that draws him back time and again.
On the tenth anniversary of his first visit to the Himalayas, CK reflected on his journey, one that mirrored his growing fascination with the mountains. From car to hiking boots, culminating in the memorable 2018 Stok Kangri trip with Wildfire Expeditions, below are the excerpts of CK’s story:
WF: How many times have you been to the Himalayas?
CK: Stok Kangri was my 4th trip in 10 years, the first 3 were in Tibet and Nepal. This was a trip of firsts – the first visit to India, and my first summit of a 6,000m mountain!
WF: Tell us more about these trips.