If you thought Mt Everest is the only tough climb, then you are mistaken. The walk to EBC is equally tough and can be considered as a mini expedition where you have to literally push your limits both physically and mentally.
This is exactly, what the GOQii Titan’s are doing. They are looking to push themselves to a limit to question their sanity and find out why they have signed up to do this trek. Each one have their own reasons though for signing up.
While, Dr Ninu, a doctor signed up as she felt she has always been some sort of a weakling all her life. Ridiculed by her friends’, parents and family! Even she herself had serious doubts about her own physical fitness. After attempting one high altitude trek to 14000 ft which she says was not a good experience as she could not complete it successfully. She says, she probably had a phobia for high altitude! And a phobia is an irrational fear.
According to Dr Ninu, Courage is not an absence of fear but, it is all about an individual’s ability to act sanely in the presence of fear! Dr Ninu now intends to realize her dream of camp! “This would be the harbinger of some more daring quests in life! You only live once ….. and I know I will make it count !” , says Dr Ninu.
For Harpreet Gondal it all about getting out of her comfort zone and for Vishal Gondal, it’s about a challenge to test his mental and physical strength in an unknown terrain and how well he can endure the strain.
Jitu Arora says, it’s about coming back with some positive learning, more knowledgeable and fitter and perhaps be more appreciative of nature.
The Titans including Vishal Gondal, CEO, GOQii led by their guide Pavan Manne will trek for 15 days ( ten days from the starting point in Lukla to Base Camp and five days trekking back down) and will traverse scenery that will literally take their breath away.
The Titans, began their adventure in the early hours of this morning wherein they braved a 40 minute flight to Lukla in a small, roaring aircraft. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be on this flight which it is said that only the best pilots in Nepal can navigate their way through the treacherous valley. At an altitude of 9,325 feet (2,843 meters), this small airstrip has the dubious distinction of being one of the most extreme and dangerous airports in the world. The wobbly flight with the constant roar of the engines can leave you a bit unsettled but, it’s a perfect start to a great adventure to EBC.
From Lukla the team will trek to their first halt Monjo at 9219 feet (2835 mts), it will take them around 5-6 hours and is mainly downhill trek through forests of rhododendron, magnolia trees and pine. The first village that the team will encounter is Phakding after passing through several small settlements with prayer wheels, flags, prayer stones, lodges and shops. Generally, some stop here for tea and continue on through small settlements until they reach Monjo, which is the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park. Here is where trekkers get their TIMs Card and permit to the National Park and move ahead.
After a good night’s rest, the team will trek to 3,440 metres to the well-known Namche Bazaar – a market haven – except it takes one six hours to 8 hours of high climbing in the dry heat, steep steps and a series of swaying suspension bridges just to get there.