About 8300m.

Mount Everest8300m is the faithful reproduction of  my jottings as the Base Camp Manager for Indian Navy’s expedition to the summit of Everest in 2004, a first by any Navy in the world. When I say faithful, I mean every single word that was in the original manuscript has been retained. Though it is from a personal perspective, it also serves as a  faithful and resolute book mark of  a phase in our lives which rarely comes in a lifetime.

Why 8300?

Because, at 8300m, I had to turn back or run the the risk of  a physical condition, which left unattended under those severe circumstances would have lead to a  restricted  form of mobility.

The idea of having this personal notes open in the public domain was at first met with a bit of trepidation by the undersigned, but on second thoughts,  what else can be more inspiring than being able to take you as close to the peak as possible,through the eyes of one of the finest teams that had ever come together to summit the highest peak on the planet !

In the words of Mark Jenkins,

Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.

Hope this helps you see the Big Picture in all its inspirational glory.

Welcome to 8300m.

Lijo Stephen Chacko.

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