Who is Shangku?

Whenever Ben first visited Zanskar in the 90s he did so via one of the numerous mountain passes. Amin found this amusing and called him Shangku (meaning wolf). "Only Shangku lives in these cold snowy places", he laughed.

As plans for a ski school unfolded, Urgain donated some land and Ben suggested building a bedroom above the ski store. "Ahaa, a Shangku Shelter", Amin joked.

And so Shangku Shelter is a retreat; a safe haven for skiers and travellers alike, a club-house and a ski-store. But most of all it is a symbol of the enduring friendship between Amin, Urgain and Ben.

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