An extreme love for adventure and a passion to face challenges is what made 11 adventurers from Hyderabad to undertake the seductive and unforgiving trek to the Everest Base Camp and to summit the Kalapathar Peak from May 9 to 21, 2010.
THE FITNESS training for the Everest Base Camp Trek started three months in advance in Hyderabad, India. The actual adventure started in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 9, 2010. The team went deep into the mountains trekking through the Solukumbu Valley and homelands of the Sherpa people, among their villages and monasteries learning about the cultural and religious traditions of the Himalayan range with magnificent views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam peaks. The route to Everest Base Camp is very scenic with varied fauna and flora. The trek route is via the small Nepali townships of Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, the ancient monastery at Tengboche, Pangboche, the Dingboche glacier, Lobuche and Gorakshep and finally to the Everest Base Camp at 17500 feet above sea level.
Everest Base Camp Trek which is one of the top 10 things to be done in one’s life is also considered mother of all treks and is a tough and grueling hike with numerous challenges along the way, including the mountainous trail, the altitude, the bitter cold and altitude sickness due to reduced oxygen, but the team remained determined to complete their goal.
The 11 adventurers from the Great Hyderabad Adventure Club (GHAC) who undertook the challenge are:
Ali Razvi (organiser)
Padmaja Pullabhatla (assistant organiser)
Satish K Cheekala
This journey has brought out the best in every adventurer that undertook this spiritual and unforgettable journey and each of them is more determined, confident of their abilities and courageous enough to face any difficulties in life. Many dream of making such risky and challenging journey but it is only few who make the attempt in reality.GHAC is a non-profit adventure club from Hyderabad focusing mostly on weekend getaways, with a physically challenging twist and professionals on hand to help one explore their active side. The group is currently made up of professionals from different walks of life. GHAC is an environment friendly, healthy non-alcoholic non-smoking group that ultimately creates camaraderie and great memories. It is also the largest meet up group in India, currently having over 40 organisers and 2000 members.