Share with your friends


 I also had to take Tina Di with me because she was having blisters on both her feet. So when I reached base camp, initially I thought I am gone…not a single bed was left so that I could at least keep my rucksack! Everyone grabbed their places…..finally I made it up beside soupayan biswas who was from my own city, Kolkata. For the next three days, I experienced the worst weather in my life. Because I have never been to such high altitude, what about others I don’t know. The first 3 days were full of fog, snowfall and rainfall as well. Though on the 2nd day, we went to rathong glacier for training. But we returned to base camp early due to deterioration of weather! We reached base camp on 28th sept and stayed there till 8th oct. In between we did 6days of glacier training where we learnt ice wall climbing, making anchor base, jumering and many more. Everyday after glacier training we used to have hot coffee at the glacier itself. But everyday how time passed there in glacier we never came to know. We used to leave base camp around 7am and return around 4pm.

Because everyday we have to travel 2hrs up and down each because rathong glacier is situated 2000 ft upwards  and 4km from base camp. So on the day of ‘mahashashti’ our glacier training ended and everyone where feeling emotional….mine was not the same because I was feeling too much emotional….because at the same time I was missing my friends, my parents, my city…..from trams to jams….yellow taxis and mostly the Durga Puja. Uff! The smell of momos,fuchkas,biriyani,ice-creams were literally beckoning me!! Moreover, when it comes to Bengali girls, how could u just resist from thinking about those who come to baghbazar on the day of ‘Bijaya-Dashami’ donning that lal-par sada sari, nake noth, chul a khopa…and involve themselves in that razzle-dazzle of ‘sindur-khela’…..I was loosing my mind that day. In evening, the sky was clear…I was totally cut off from the world. My power bank was dead, my phone was switched off so no question of phone calls,messages.


I was thinking then what I am doing here?? Why me? Why BMC during the festival which I love the most?? Myriad shitty thoughts were coming into my mind then. But I somehow came out of that loop and had dinner and slept. Next day was a crucial day of my life as well as the course. You know what when u become most upset in life, life brings to u magic that u can’t imagine. Next day was SUMMIT DAY. So, next day we left for Mt. RENOK (16500ft.) around 7am…..that day will remain as a red letter day in my life. When I was at the top of the peak, I OVERCAME MY DIFFIDENCE…. Because I was the one with hypertension, I was the one without hiking shoes and many more. That day I came to know my worth, I came to know about what life is. We returned around 3pm and had our ‘bada-khana’ alongwith  Advance Mountaineering Course. In between, on the final day of glacier training, in morning I got metal bite while washing my mestin after having breakfast.

And after that I fell on ground by slipping…because the night before there were heavy snowfall at basecamp! I also thought that I won’t be able to go to glacier because I directly fell on a big stone piece and got hit on my hip joint. Anyhow, gathering some courage I pushed myself to the glacier but that day we all had our ice-wall climbing competition…I tried my best but still slipped from the wall while climbing and I was disqualified thereafter. Actually what happened is that while climbing, my hip was paining but I couldn’t tell anyone and while after reaching a considerable height, I hit a portion with my ice axe but forgot to lock it.

And the patch of ice was also soft and axe couldn’t hold properly and as a result I slipped off. Ok!!! Finally we left base camp on 9th oct and reached yuksom in a single day. And we all know there is a saying, ‘dene wala jab v deta, deta chappad phad k!’ …Same I also got but….an abhorrent ankle twist in Phedang!! Next day the course was about to end unofficially because next day was the day of return to Darjeeling. So while in evening I tried to draw attention  of the nursing assistant that I got an ankle twist today morning in Phedang, I noticed he was in a mood of jashn due to navratri and even many were in so. So I didn’t disturb him further and thought that I would adjust next day. But that was a wrong decision too. I must have had my ankles checked that day….otherwise I won’t have been in trouble next day. So we all left for yuksom next day and reached there just in 5hrs….but reaching till Tsachen from yuksom literally took out my breathe because my shoes lost grip and I was continuously slipping on mud.

Anyways I reached yuksom with a few more and had lunch there and left for Darjeeling on the first sumo and reached Darjeeling after long 6hrs…After reaching HMI I took a PEACEFUL BATH after long 19 days and had dinner and slept that day. Next day we all had our written test on morning. After that we all were released for an outing for 4hrs and after returning we all attended the graduation ceremony where the most coveted ‘ice axe badge’ is earned after successful completion of the course. The next day was a mournful day. We all had to depart for our destinations that is home. I got ‘B’ grade. That means I have to again do this course to get recommended for advanced mountaineering course. But I feel no remorse for my grade. At least I made good friends, unforgettable memories….I rediscovered myself, learnt to cope up with limited resources, learnt to adjust with emotions, learnt how to be friendly with 76 types of people with 76 different type of mentalities and many more.



  1. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here.
    The sketch is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get got an edginess over that you
    wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more
    formerly again as exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this hike.

  2. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now
    each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the
    same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service?

    Thanks a lot!

  3. Just want to say your article is as surprising.
    The clearness to your post is just nice and i can assume you are
    an expert in this subject. Fine with your permission allow me to clutch
    your RSS feed to stay up to date with coming near near post.
    Thank you one million and please continue the rewarding work.

  4. My partner and I stumbled over here coming from a different website and
    thought I should check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you.
    Look forward to finding out about your web page yet again.

  5. I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also with
    the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?

    Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this
    one these days.

  6. We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our
    community. Your web site offered us with valuable info to work on. You have done a formidable job and our entire community will be grateful to

  7. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to
    assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently quickly.
    yynxznuh cheap flights

  8. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.

    You definitely know what youre talking about, why waste your
    intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be
    giving us something informative to read?

  9. you are actually a excellent webmaster. The web site loading
    pace is incredible. It seems that you are doing any distinctive trick.
    Moreover, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve done a fantastic process on this topic!

  10. Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Many thanks, However I am encountering problems with your RSS.
    I don’t know the reason why I cannot join it. Is there anybody getting the same RSS problems?
    Anyone who knows the solution can you kindly respond?
    Thanx!! cheap flights 32hvAj4

  11. Admiring the time and energy you put into your blog and
    in depth information you provide. It’s great to come across a
    blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed material.
    Great read! I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds
    to my Google account.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *