TMS Specials - Conquering Mt. Everest with Satyarup Siddhanta

Mar 22, 01:30 AM

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Satyarup Siddhanta - a Bengaluru-based Bengali mountaineer.[1] On December 15, 2017 he became the first Bengali civilian from India to complete the seven highest summits in the 7 continents. He is the President and founder of ABETO – "A better tomorrow" foundation, and works as a consultant at Brady Corporation, India.[5]

Today's destination: Mt. Everest, Nepal

Nearest Airport: Lukla airport

Nearest Railway Station: n/a

Prerequisities - Required visas, training and certification, practice and acclimatization

Packing - n/a

Time of the year - May

Length of the itinerary: 55 days from the base camp to the Everest summit and back

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Satya shares the story of his early struggles from asthma as a kid and how he overcame this to start climbing.

  • Satya's speaks of his expedition to Mt. Killimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and how he discovered the feat to the 7 Summits i.e. a challenge to scale the 7 highest peaks in each of th 7 continents (Mt. Everest in Asia, Mt. Killimanjaro in Africa, Mt. Elbrus in Europe, Mt. Aconcagua in S.America, Mt. Mckinley in N.America, Mt. Kosciuszko in Australia, Mt. Vinson Masiff in Antarctica)

  • Satya discusses his trek to the Mt. Everest base camp and how this turned into a dream to scale the summit of the tallest mountain in the world.

  • He then also discusses how the massive expenses related to the expedition played as a deterrent to his dreams and how he overcame the challenge.

  • Next Satya discusses the preparation and acclimitazation he underwent to scale Mt. Everest, he had to quit his existing job, take up two jobs, hire a personal trainer and overcome his sweet tooth in order to get ready for the Everest challenge!

  • Satya explains the duration of the Everest expedition and the iterations and acclimatization involved during the push to the summit.

  • The adversities that Satya had to face during the push to the summit are also discussed, this includes a fall in a bottomless crevasse, watcing a sherpa fall to his death while climbing, and members of other teams losing fingers due to frost bite as well as death.

  • Satya himself suffered from temporary blindness in the left eye while close to the summit, a failed oxygen mask and 3 failed cameras!

  • Satya finally describes the feeling of being on top of the world as well as the sights!

  • Final thoughts and tips.

  • Listeners can follow Satyarup on his social media handles below and contribute to his expeditions when fundraising takes place.

Links to Satyarup's social media handles:

website - http://satyarupsiddhanta.com/

facebook - https://www.facebook.com/satyarup.siddhanta

twitter - https://twitter.com/SatyarupS

instagram - https://www.instagram.com/satyarup.siddhanta/

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