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Birthday in the Himalayas

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Author: Natalia Belokrenitskaya, 45, Sochi, Russia
Teamleader: Taras Pozdnii
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And in my dream I dreamt of the Himalayas.,
I saw a peak there,
Where the eternal ice probably doesn't melt...

A dream that came true. I had always dreamed of seeing Everest and the brave and courageous people going to conquer this mountain peak. Choosing to trek to Everest base camp through the Cho La Pass and Gokyo Lakes, near Sagarmatha National Park, packing all my gear and essentials, I set off for the Himalayas.

It started with a flight to Kathmandu, then we arrived in Lukla, which has the most dangerous airport in the world and the shortest runway. Before starting our journey, we spun drums and did a shamanic ritual for good weather.

The trek program is arranged so that we were gaining altitude smoothly. We climbed two 5,000 meter peaks – Gokyo-Ri (5,330 m) and Kala-Pattar (5,645 m), which is also 3 meters higher than Elbrus. On the way to the base camp I admired the eight thousand meter peaks – Cho Oyu (8261m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8485m) and, of course, “the mother of the world” Sagarmatha (8848m) – this is how the locals respectfully call Everest. The Gokyo Lakes, the Cho-La Pass, the beautiful Pumori Peak (7161m) and Everest Base Camp are just a small part of what I saw along the way.

It was my birthday during the trek. I imagined my ideal birthday to be exactly like this: the roof of the world – the Himalayas, snow, reliable and faithful companions beside me. All this became a reality thanks to my favorite club Kuluar and its head Taras Pozdnii. It came as a complete surprise to me when at an altitude of 5,050m, in the Pyramid, they baked a birthday cake for me with candles, which in itself is an unusual luxury in Nepal, moreover at such an altitude. The morning tea with a view of Everest, the disco at 5,645m, the increased fatigue, the long trekking and climbing were worth it to see the Himalayas in all their glory.

Unfortunately, every year climbers die in the Himalayas, among them Rob Hall and Scott Fisher, who became the heroes of the movie “Everest” with the same name, as well as the great Anatoly Boukreev, whose names we saw on the memorials located in the Himalayas. Our leader Taras climbed in 2018 to the summit of Everest, as well as 3 eight-thousanders and countless interesting and dangerous peaks, thus making it clear that human strength and endurance have no limits. I have seen the summit of Everest, admired the pristine beauty around and I can say one thing, my summit has not yet been conquered. I’ll be back…

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