Once at the hotel, everyone threw their down jackets. It was the same place where everyone had fought for a down jacket. And now everyone was throwing it to declare ‘summer’. It was definitely cold. But, no one was feeling it now. Everyone seemed to have reinvented themselves.
The past few days, we as a group had been through a lot of ups and downs. Every time something happened, everyone had an innate desire to speak and make his point heard. I had a clear strategy. Let people discuss, debate and fight with each other. I will not be part of it. Finally, when they have come to a conclusion, I would have a discussion with the guides. If it is feasible, we would implement and if it wasn’t, we followed what our guides had to say. Our guides knew the terrain better than us after all!
When we see successful individuals we are always amazed. But we usually forget that to be able to reach that stage, there are many others who are working behind the scenes. And usually that is the mistake that we make. When we chart out our plan for success, we chart it keeping only ourselves in mind. That is how we set ourselves up for failure.
Anu & I hugged each other. Standing at the foothills of the world’s tallest mountain at 5360 m our hearts were swollen with pride. How many really think of celebrating their anniversary at the Everest Base Camp? Though it was our anniversary, there were no traditional celebrations. We were overjoyed to be here, but we had kept the celebrations for later, when we return!
We had been walking for the last 10 days, well almost. And we were just a day away from our final destination. Another short walk tomorrow and after that we would be saying – been there, done that! It was continuously snowing after we had reached Lobuche. So all we could do is, sit and enjoy and probably reflect.
Today we chose to take a day off from walking. At times you need to choose to take a break and do nothing! Today I was taking of a story that I had read sometime back.
Today once again we crossed the 4000m mark. This time we all were fit and fine. Sometimes it is essential to step back so that you can get ahead fast!
We began our walk by snaking around the river thinking about the good times we spent by its banks yesterday. Then we had to cross over to the other side before we began the steep ascend. As we started taking our baby steps to climb, we heard a scream. We were startled. Before we could understand what really happened we saw a yak appearing from nowhere rushing towards us.
We didn’t want to – but we all walked back. Walking to a lower altitude to acclimatize better was what we all unanimously decided as a group. On the 6th day of the trek today we were retracing our footsteps from Macchermo to Dole and then even lower to Portse Tanga.
Today we crossed the 4000m mark. At Machhermo we were stunned by the beauty and also horrified to learn that it was called the Death Valley. Today was a major turning point of the trek!