TMS Specials - Conquering Mt. Everest with Satyarup Siddhanta
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Satyarup Siddhanta - a Bengaluru-based Bengali mountaineer. 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.
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
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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