Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Himalayas from close

This is my first travel post although this is not one about my travel, which has hit its logical end since the days I have been hibernating in Kolkata. This is a post on Venkatesh's (or "Venky" as we knew him in college) trek to the Everest base camp & is dedicated to you who love(s) mountains & travelogues.

Besides the fact that Venky's trek of 71 miles ascending from Lukla to Kalapatthar (5649 m.) was to see Everest & its Himalayan brethren (Nuptse, Pumori etc.) from as humanly close as possible; what I liked most about his travelogue was the way he prepared for the journey studying the route, planning the logistics, physically getting in shape & finally his ability to superbly document the account with the help of numerous elevation profiles, high resolution snaps , videos & commentary. One feels as if one was trekking with him throughout the journey, sharing his joy at spotting the peaks studied beforehand. Venky was not alone in the trek. He had Malini, his wife, for company as an equally enthusiastic trekker & travelogue writer.

Venky now lives in America with Malini & takes his travel cum treks seriously. In his own words , ".... for the past few years, I've been doing this sort of trek on an annual basis and so I try and clock 500 miles of running every year. That keeps me fit enough. In fact, I almost hurt my chances by over-running in the weeks before. Sprained my foot and was limping till the day we boarded our flight to Nepal. Thankfully, I recovered in time to complete the trek without any discomfort"

Thanx ,Venky , for sharing your "trekking world" .

p.s: Click on the link in the first paragraph & select Everest Base Camp from menu & enjoy thereafter. This snap of Everest is from his site.

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