Malayali duo conquers ‘cloud 9’ in Nepal- The New Indian Categorical

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Watching the world beneath from the summit at 6,470 metres above sea stage was a surreal expertise, say the 2 29-year-old Malayali males who just lately braved excessive winter circumstances to scale the Mera Peak in Nepal. Vivek Premachandran and Ashwin Gopinath Menon, hailing from Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad, respectively, are misplaced for phrases to explain their jubilation, earlier than terming it “on-cloud-nine second”. 

Based mostly on their interplay with the veteran Sherpa mountaineers, the chums declare they had been the primary civilian Malayalis ever to climb Mera Peak — about 2,000m shorter than Mount Everest — in winter. 
Ashwin, who heads a advertising and marketing firm in Bengaluru, and his affiliate Vivek have been sure by the brotherhood rooted in wanderlust. Their ardour took them on many offbeat expeditions within the Western Ghats and the northeast, the place they trekked 2,000m peaks in Arunachal Pradesh. They wished to push the restrict, and did analysis on varied peaks, mountaineering and trekking communities. 

After which, the duo say, they zoomed in on the peaks in Nepal. They had been fascinated by the legendary mountaineering abilities of the Sherpas. Quickly, they jotted down a trekking bucket checklist comprising peaks in Nepal — Lobuche (6,119m), Mera Peak (6,470m), Imja Tse (6,160m) and Chulu East (6,584m). Trekking expeditions to those peaks don’t want certification and are thought-about ultimate for amateurs. Ashwin and Vivek zeroed in on Mera Peak close to the Solukhumbu area. From Bengaluru, they flew to Kathmandu by way of Delhi on February 14. 

The expedition began on February 16. It took them 21 days to scale the height and return to the bottom camp. 
“We booked a trekking crew and began speaking with Sherpa guides as we began preparations in December. We had been assigned a veteran named Dorchi Sherpa,” says Vivek. “Dorchi has climbed many mountains, together with Mount Everest, a number of instances. A junior information from his village additionally joined us on the fourth day.” 

Climate circumstances had been excessive, the duo says, including that solely individuals with excessive endurance ranges would have the ability to pull off such expeditions. As they gained altitude, the duo needed to face temperatures as little as 30 levels Celsius, and gusts blowing at about 80km per hour.

“We wore regular trekking boots until the bottom camp. However, the boots obtained moist as a consequence of a snowstorm, and the climb obtained fairly taxing till we managed to get particular snow boots from the bottom camp,” remembers Ashwin. The extraordinary coaching routine helped rather a lot, the duo say. “We began coaching in December, together with our analysis,” says Vivek. “We ran with 5kg weights on our chests for 5km to 8km twice a day. We additionally did yoga, respiration workout routines and energy coaching. We used to burn 1,000 to 1,500 energy a day. No smoking, no ingesting, no sugar. 

“We largely ate protein-rich meals reminiscent of hen and eggs. We additionally bathed in water with a great deal of ice cubes in order to organize for the freezing circumstances.”So, what’s the following mission? “Mount Everest,” the trek-mates refrain.  

Journey Diary

Vacation spot: Summit of Nepal’s Mera Peak at 6,470m
No. of days: 21 
Climate circumstances -30 diploma Celsius  
Winds at as much as 80km per hour
Breakfast: Omelette, tsampa porridge (a Tibetan dish made from roasted barley flour) 
Dinner: Yak soup, rice, daal, sauted potatoes, leafy veg saag 
Throughout treks: Chocolate bars, dry fruits, espresso  

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