Wednesday, April 22, 2009

So.......i have been at everest base camp since the 20th of april...after my last post from Gorekshep.... i was down with a headache that afternoon.....so i decided to stay put there....coz coming up with a headache was just not an option...my headache had disappeared by evening and i felt completely alright but i needed some more acclimatisation so i stayed at Gorekshep ....i gulped down loads of water n soup n juice n tea....on Apa Sherpa’s strong recommendation....he had joined me later that afternoon...i decided to stay on in gorekshep on the 19th as well...coz it’s difficult to gather energy at an higher altitude...Apa Sherpa left for base camp on the 19th morning after some good advice...and reminded me that i had to reach base camp before 8am on the 20th as we had our pooja then....so on the 20th at about 6:15am i left from gorekshep....it was a cold cold morning and the wind had decided to make it difficult....the wind was too cold...it was so cold that i couldn’t leave my mouth open even for a second.....the air would just gush in.....it was flowing from the mountains into the valley.....and dint stop till i reached base camp....the pooja was just about to begin when i reached....it was an exciting pooja to watch....all our ice axes, climbing boots, crampons ,etc....were assembled on one side of the stupa.....all types of food and beverages were assembled in the front... the main item in the beverage being BEER......and loads of it....the ‘prasad’ was beer....as also ‘chang’ wine made out of rice.....i dint have the guts to try either...not even coke...coz its carbonated and it was not gona help me acclimatise....so i din’t try any.....just to say cheers i got a bottle of coke which is still lying in my tent....anyways it was an exciting ritual....we then had some dance goin...everyone in a semi-circle around the stupa....and just some movement of the legs.... all togetherrythamatic...and some sounds like....chiso-chiso-chiso.... with the sherpas singing away.....something....it was loads of fun....must have gone on for about an hour maybe....

After that i unpacked set my tent up....trying to be as organised as is possible by my standards...and i think im doing extremely well...hehehehe......and while i was organising ....one Gaurav Sharma came to see me......he had apparently been waiting for me....and had gone to gorekshep looking for me....he knew more about me than i myself knew...it was funny....he is from rajasthan also climbing everest....alone...without a team.....we discussed some climbing and planning....

Then some lunch with our team....our dinning tent is beautiful....its got all the food that you would possibly crave for...and hygiene is the most important thing.....well we have all decided to not write in our blogs how ‘nice’ our tent really is....hehehe

The next day 21st after breakfast we (Partimba Sherpa,Apa Sherpa,Henry,Aura, n me) went up for a little trek.....for about 3 hours.....we went and saw the route up to camp 3....saw everest n the lothse face....the wind was working on these faces....it was looking B E A U T I F U L....
It was a good trek with some stories from the two great sherpas that were with us...

And while we were going there and getting some nice pictures....Nick...went out and got 34 kilos of trash...we are the eco everest expedition....and we get 100 nepali rupees per kilo.....and once Nick had done that....the young sherpas ran around getting all the trash they could possibly find.....and by the end of the day we had collected about 500 kilos of trash.....there were two helicopters crashed near the campsite....one in 1973 and one more recent one....so the trash poured in....and our leader was busy the whole day distributing cash....coz its .....CASH FOR TRASH....

And then over lunch we had kilos of jokes cracking up about the ‘cash for trash’....it was hilarious...and i laughed ...and it felt sooo goooood....
We have been discussing the route and how we should be moving up...i have been in base camp 2 nights now....i need atleast 3 more before i move up....i have been learning a lot from my team mates....today morning some of my team members moved up....and according to the sherpas this year’s route is shorter and safer then before ....the KHUMBU ICE FALL!!! People....here it comes....a little excited...and a little worried....but good to go so far.....


The base camp is like a village....we are about 20 expeditions here so far (more than a thousand people) and about 11 more expeditions to come up....its definitely spread more than 1 kilometre in radius....we have a bakery here...the asian-trekking bakery....and u get apple pie...and chocolate croissants...and cake....and cinnamon rolls....the works.....but its all for a good cause....cause the more people indulge...that much more trash will come down......so what the hell go ahead and indulge!!

You’ll could probably see some pics etc on ...www.asian-trekking.com n the blog that our leader writes is also there....so u guys can check that out as well....

16 comments:

  1. Exciting! and also great to know that you're laughing again :)
    Cheers!

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  2. damn good Krushnaa..keep writing...i am liking this as I am experiencing every step towards Mt.Everest through your eyes and words..

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  3. hello....hats off to for suviving the cold...coz as i remember....you wore socks when it got a little chilly in pune....keep it and take your time...dont rush into anything....be careful...cheers...waiting for the next update

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  4. Mad woman!! Where art' thou?? U still at base camp or moved ahead?? Waiting for some (mad)news from ya...
    Hope you're havin'a blast!! :D mmmuuuuahh!

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  5. Actually tried calling you the past 2 days... thought you'll be reachable at basecamp.. but it says u r not reachable! :( Please please please update...

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  6. hijoined in but it seems you are out of contact

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  7. hi shonu, glad and happy to read that u finally reached camp 3 n back to basecamp safely...great climbing...be carefull n take care.....luv u n miss u....

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  8. hallo shonu why u not writing??? n post some of ur pics...long time no c u....take care n god bless u....

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  9. oh guys its so nice to hear from u all here....its been some crazy walking here....my fingers freeze as i write....the phones not gona work....they fooled me that it would work in base camp...keep writing u guys ....love to hear from you....take care...

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  10. hey shonu, great to know that the route has been opend....so getting ready for the final climb??will u go to c 1,2,3,again for acclimatization????how u doin today??how is gelu...say namaste from me to gelu....confirm from dawa that ur 10 bottles of o2 r ready for the final climb....some1 is vaery worried about that....b careful n dont hurry..take ur time n then do things....
    just worried so giving a lil advice....
    so take care n please put some of ur pics...longing to c u.....love u .........muaaaaaaaaaah...miss u,,,,,

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  11. oh n forgot aaji, nisha mau, prashant kaka, mothi mau kaka, runa, renu, sunita mau, vandu mau, aras kaka, madhuri mau, tilottma nfamily, karanik uncle aunty, dongre uncle aunty, my school friends, kajal aunty,rinkoo aunty, neetu aunty, ou house maushi, all wish u luck n their blessings.....
    from me n baba too............

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  12. Hi Krushnaa,
    Yours is a free flowing style of writing, its apt and fitted, considering the fact that U are pushing u'er self on one of the most extreme and adverse climatic conditions of the world. U have made me feel as if I am there......It is a proud feeling that a kid from Maharashtra is doing a great adventure,with little support from our so called leaders and so called social ambassadors from the Hindi Film Industary.

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  13. Great achievement indeed! Could you give some more detailed account of how you crossed the Khumbu ice fall? Its supposed to be a treacherous one.

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