On January 19th , movie Everest was streamed on HBO . After watching the movie , I had a sudden curiosity to get to know about the trekkers who died and survived in 1996 Everest Storm Disaster ( wiki ) . This lead me to buy the book Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer . I am a usual trekker in the western ghats . Karnataka and Kerala and one of most amazing trekking destinations in the south . Few of them in my list are Kudremukh , Kumar Parvatha, Wayanad , Makalidurga , Kodachadri , Coorg and more . I am a trek lead with Plan The Unplanned. I had never been on an high altitude expedition before .
Stories behind 1996 Disaster , survivors who shared their stories about the mountain sparked a new dream in me to watch Sagarmatha ( Everest ) from its footstep .
On January 28th , i booked my expedition through thrillophilia . Nobody knew what i had done except me . This was my first time planning a adventurous travel solo . As the blood rushed through my veins with excitement , my body started to dance like a baby looking for a lollipop . In my case , it was a big one . The only thing in my mind was I am gonna walk the himalayas and touch the feet of Goddess of the world ( Everest ) .
Planning and Training for this enormous dream
I had no experience at all before on things to take , training my body and mind to be prepared for the expedition . I was confused on what to do . On Feb 5th , I visited Decathlon Mysore Road to talk to folks from the Trekking club . There I met this person called Ayan Brahma Ji ( bio ) . Everyone told me to reach out to him for any concerns related to mountaineering . He seemed to me at first this guy who knew the mountains and the equipments needed to the best of needs . I thought he is a part of Decathlon . Later only i was stupid enough to know he is an affiliate member of Indian mountaineering society . People called him “Brahma” ( Lord of Creation ) in the Himalayas. Soon i was connected to him and he pointed to me best-in-class requirements necessary for Everest Base Camp expedition .
Followed the below routine for two months during the weekdays.
1. Morning 5K Run
2. Evening 1 hour workout in the Gym.
3. Half an hour swim .
4. Weekends – 15k Run , 2 KM Swim .
Trek equipments needed
Ruck sack ( 60 – 70 litres ) – I prefer Symbian Access 70 + 10 .
Thermals – 4 of them
Round T shirts – 4 of them
Water proof cum Wind Cheater Jacket .
BalaClava – For covering the head and ears
Long Woolen socks – 4 pairs
Trekking pants – 4 pairs . I prefer Arpenaz 500 .
Trekking Shoes – Forclaz 500.
Water proof gloves – 2 pairs
Trekking Poles – Anti shock.
10 pairs of swimming boxers – ( Prevents chaffing between the legs ) .
Strong Will and Passion ????
Personal Medical Kit
As a personal experience , i did not need any of the below . But this is recommended to be in your pocket if necessary .
Dolo 650 – 10 Tablets
Avomine – 1 Strip
Avil 25 mg – 6 Tablets
Diamox – 32 Tablets
Combiflam – 5 Tablets
Dispirin – 10 Tablets
Norflox TZ – 10 Tablets
Crepe Bandage – 3 to 5 metres ( Helps in knee support ) .
Band Aid – 10 strips
Zintac 300 – 10 Tablets
Guaze cloth – 1 small roll
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Water purification tablets – 72 tablets . In the Himalayas , even though you get mineral water bottles , trekkers prefer to fill tap water in every place and purify the same . More you live like a local in the trek , the better mountain absorbs you.
Moov / Volini – Needed after a long day of trek .
Skin Chaffing prevention creams .
Bangalore to Kathmandu
Its a 5 hour flight to Kathmandu from Bangalore . I was very excited with a small Indian flag on top of my shirt .