Many of us enjoy trekking and with few friends tagging along, it can turn into a wholesome fun activity. Trekking is usually an entire journey by foot to rather difficult climbs often inaccessible to any vehicle. So you need to put your best foot forward.
Climbing Mount Everest or Chomolungma (the name for Mt. Everest in Tibet) is an extraordinary feat in its own might. A climber aiming for the summit must achieve an ascent of 8,848 meters of altitude. Once on top, you would be able to see the immersive beauty of the entire world beneath you. This truly is the most blissful and inimitable feeling one can experience. Viewing the beauty of neighbouring peaks leaves you spell bound. You can even feel the goose bumps by just imagining the breath-taking sight.
Climbers aiming for the Everest summit must trek towards the Everest base camp. The most commonly used is the South Base Camp in Nepal, at a height of 5,364 metres. Climbers often arrive to Lukla town in the north-eastern Nepal to trek upwards to Namche Bazaar at 3,440 metres.
The preparation it takes to get ready for an undertaking as massive as this is no less than two years of training. Many even finish such training in a year, but with more intense effort. Climbers may have to spend 8-10 weeks at the base camp, acclimatizing to the condition. Once you start your ascent, it may take days or even several weeks to reach the summit, depending upon your own skill set.
Churrim Sherpa summited Sagarmatha (Nepali name for Mt. Everest), not just once, but twice and that too, back to back. For this feat, she received the official accreditation from the Guinness Book of records in 2013. The honour was truly special as Churrim achieved this conquest in a single week, which makes her first climber to do so.
On May 12 Churrim reached the Everest summit for the first time of her life. After a two-day descent followed by another two-day rest at the base camp, she decided to do something unprecedented. On May 19, she was at the summit once again, an amazing accomplishment even lauded by many veteran climbers.
Inspired by the first Nepalese woman to reach the Everest summit, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa; Churrim went under laborious preparation with trekking and rock climbing. She even reached at the peak of ‘Yala Pea’ at 5,520 meters as the part of her preparation.
Preparation is an essential criterion for a successful trek and you need the perfect gear for the job. With a 60 lit backpack, everything in the gear must be light-weight. What you need is a snow proof jacket like Adventure Gear that is light insulated and windproof. Keep yourself warm with layers of thermals and fleece that you can remove according to the conditions. A balaclava cap along with waterproof insulated gloves or mittens and 100% merino wool socks with wicking property, will keep your ears, fingers and toes covered.
Growing up at the Taplejung district in north-eastern Nepal, Churrim knew that one day she will be on top of the world. Being a woman, things were extra difficult for her up there, but she didn’t care. She achieved a rarest triumph showing off an unparalleled example of human resilience. We respect Churrim Sherpa, who is a determined personality, focused and driven towards a certain goal.