Mount Everest image courtsey: acrossthedivide.com
Like beads in a string.
Too many claimants.
Mount Everest image courtsey: presscluboftibet.org
Asians considered it as their god given wealth and accommodated it in their mythologies!
Gold in dawn, silver in dusk.
A sun-rise at the Mount; a view from nearby hill (Rongbuk Monastery); the ice-clad peak that towers tall and sparkling in the purest golden rays of a fresh rising sun give a coat of gold to the peak that sprinkles it lavishly all around is a vision unparalleled; In the dusk; well adored in the milky moon on its forehead; reflecting its silvery beams all around the dark; it stands tall under the sky that looks as an open umbrella studded with a million stars is an unforgettable spectacle! Anybody who loves god so dearly would be compelled to call this ‘gold bathed peek’ god itself!
Hillary and Tensing.
Hillary and Tensing image courtsey: eb.com
Mount Everest had been there standing tall and challenging all adventurers all over the world, ever since Everest was acclaimed as the tallest peak in the world there had been no dearth for bold men attempting to conquer it. In this attempts of conquering Everest so many had lost their life but people still went on climbing, at last in May 29, 1953 a team of two, Sir Edmund Hillary a New Zealander adventurer and a Sherpa - Tensing Norgay was successful in conquering it. They were actually conquering the pages of history by this great ascend.
Youngest and the oldest.
Of late climbing on Everest has ceased to be a news as about there were more than 3050 ascends in 2006 itself, therefore records were born in different lines like climbing without oxygen, or through different route etc. Later they were followed by many other types of records like the youngest, oldest etc; let us see one or two such cases as a diversion. The youngest who ever climbed its peak is Shambu Tamang a 16 year old Nepali boy while the oldest was Roman Blanco of
Himalayan problem of pollution.
The climbing on Everest became a fad people began to flock to it as if in to a tourist spot this phenomenon created severe environmental problems in this high altitude areas which are difficult to be cleaned. As the mountain and the surroundings became polluted with the waste materials the climbers as well as their helpers have left, the government has imposed certain restrictions to climbers.
The recent decision of the Chinese government to build a 108 kilometer road up to the basic camp spending millions of dollars in this ecologically sensitive area also has drawn a lot of flaks from environmentalists. These projects include hotels and resorts intended for the tourism bonanza related with the ensuing 2008 Olympics. Chinese government does not seem to have liberated from the callous approaches of the formal Mao regime otherwise they would not have thought of flooding such an area with tourists and converting Sacred Himalaya in to a garbage bin. The question of a few dollars would have made them greed-struck!
Now the government of
Highest point on this planet!
There are many ways to calculate the height of a mountain. If the criteria is the height of the peak from sea-level (this is the most common practice) Everest is easily the highest as it is 8848 Meters above sea-level. When the criteria vary (difference from base to peak is taken as height; then Mount Mauna Kea of Hawaii comes first as it is 10200 Meters tall from its base but it only 4205 meters above sea-level. The reason being
Wow! Indian mathematics.
The climb begins with a trek to base camp (5380 Meters) about two weeks has to be spend in the base-camp at Khumbu Glacier, there while debutants undergo training in various aspects of mountaineering; while they are getting acclimatized. In the mean time seniors with the help of Sherpas (a tribe living in the border between
Camp -1 (ABC)
Then they proceed to Camp 1 or the ABC (Advanced Base Camp) in the early morning before the ice loosing its toughness. The ABC is about 6065meters high yaks will be provided to carry luggage like food, water and tents.
From Camp-1 climbers make way for camp 2 to the base of Lhotse (it is the 4th tallest in the world) at 6500 meters which is relatively flat, but gaping crevasses do not let direct pass and have to progress through extreme right. This place lacks the usual whistle of the blowing wind and hence called ‘valley of silence’.
The toughest parts.
Mount Everest climbers route image courtsey: 4to40.com
The journey from camp 2 to camp 3 (it is a small ledge at an altitude of 7470 meters) is tough and have to be done through ropes alone. From camp 3 to camp 4 the journey is a hurdle jumping exercise have to cross the yellow band (a wall of anvil-shaped sedimentary rocks (is another 500 meters altitude) the South Col (7920 meters) Climbers proceed from South Col at midnight towards 8400 meters balcony the South Summit.
Further journey is through a very dangerous and narrow path (Cornice Traverse) with a single misstep one can fall to gorges as deep as thousands of meters. At the end there is the Hillary Step a 12 meter high rock-wall at the height of 8760 meters to receive the climbers.
Top of the world.
Loose and rocky path is in waiting for the climber after the Hillary-Step; paving of fixed ropes is a relief but has to be careful of not getting entangled as he is already at the top of the world but has to return within less than half an hour because they have to reach camp before night. Saying goodbye! To the summit is difficult as there is no body residing not even an insect, as the only insect available was the jumping spider that too about 500 meters below. However Good bye dear Everest! See you later if God so desires!