Peaks Of Excellence

Two young Singaporean-Indians go trekking on mountains to benefit the disabled

7/31/2014 10:38:29 AM
written By : Parveen Maghera Print

As you navigate through the thick forests and ice fields ofthe Annapurna Himalayan Range and fight against the strong winds on high altitude deserts, you are overwhelmed with awe at the breathtaking view of the snowcapped mountains against the azure blue sky. When you complete your ascent to the peak of the tallest mountain, your heart fills with unimaginable contentment and satisfaction. As Thomas Jefferson puts it, "If you want something you never had, you have to do something you've never done". And that was what 23-year-old Singaporean-Indians Ashik Ashokan and Ashok Kumar have strived for and achieved in order to create awareness and raise funds for the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) through their campaign Heart2Climb.

The duo returned in early June this year from their successful 21-day long expedition to Thorong-La (17,769 ft), the highest point of the Annapurna circuit after achieving their goal of completing a 220km trek through the Annapurna Range by foot.

Ashik, a student of National University of Singapore, and Ashok, a student of University of London in the Singapore Institute of Management, conceived the idea after completing an expedition last May to Poon Hill (10,531ft) in Nepal. The pair completed the unguided trek with just $800 and lack of proper winter gear.

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