Climbing Everest is not the way it feels to be, it’s a different game up there. It breaks you emotionally and physically as well. A real story that will take your breath away. Everest is not the way you think about, one must not underestimate this big miracle mountain. My Childhood dream has been to climb the Mount Everest “The Top of the World”.
I left for the expedition on 29th March 2017 to Kathmandu capital of Nepal. I was in a new city, new culture and new people everything seems to be different for me. It was the first step towards my goal. After couple of days, I left for the base camp from the nearest airport. I took the helicopter straight to Namche bazar and from their I started trekking towards the base camp and it was going to take 3-4 days to reach. When I reached over there, it was amazing to watch that I was all surrounded by big mountains covered with snow all around but a question raised in my mind “How am Igoing to survive in these extreme conditions!?”
Next morning the expedition started first crossing was Khumbu ice fall and it was very tough for me, the toughest thing I have ever done in my life. There were around 30 ladders, we had to cross and reach the second base camp. Every mountaineer dream to climb and reach the top of the Mount Everest.
When you are walking on the ice you know the other factors as well like there is lack of oxygen. Each moment you step towards the peak of the mountain your body starts giving up. You must keep in mind that you must not slip down into a crevasse because if you fall into a crevasse it’s hard to get out of it or else you will die.
The mountain was absorbing my energy and at some point, I thought of giving up, emotionally broken up and physically also. I remember the day, when I was in my tent and suddenly took out the letter written by my sister prior going to summit. I had no idea whether, I am going back back home or not, almost 2 months away from my home. Nobody was there to look after me, no mobile, no internet and no connection at all utmost no life around me. At the time, I almost covered 8000 m and just 848 meters away from the peak of the mountain.
One of the most horrible moments up on the Everest was the massive traffic jam up there and you might have seen the footage all over the world, it was published globally as well. It was crazy, amazing and insane beautiful feeling to watch such a view created by mother nature.
When I started climbing again the most heart-breaking moment for me was that my oxygen regulator broke off and it was hard to get the oxygen at this height without it, I cannot continue the expedition. It was a life and death situation for me. My Sherpa told me that I had to go back at the base camp, and I must make the decision of going back and save my life. The toughest decision of my life. That was the dream I have been preparing for so many years.
One thing I learned, When I was up there, I realized that summit is not the everything the mountain will be always up there but what matters is the experience. It changed my life’s perspective.
“The Mountains are Always Up There but Your Life Really Matters A lot”
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