28 Days of BMC at HMI

At HMI, we worked as per schedule including workout, training, lectures, movies and library hours. We literally ate, drank, slept, lived mountaineering.
Course Director Sir – Kausang Sherpa was a five time Mt. Everest Summitter and the first ever to climb it from all three sides. Hearing his stories and watching the movie on Everest, made climbing the peak look so much simpler and doable.
On my Tiger Hill 22km rehearsal, my shoulder already hurt because of my rucksack. I believe the 7km was easy but the slopes took down my knees. I was thankful for the upcoming bus ride to Yoksum.
After 7 days at HMI campus, we trekked from Yoksum to Chourikhag – Base camp which proved us the real deal, bang opposite to our thoughts.
Yoksum-Bakhim affected my knees tremendously. Bakhim-Dzongri made it so difficult to breathe because of the height gain. Dzongri-Chourikhag was the same apart from the mountain clouds, hail and rain.
Every moment the negativity would start cutting into my mind like a sharp knife, asking me to stop and give up. And then like a scissor, the positivity would struggle to cover up and outgrow it. It was indeed a tough live battle, going on in my mind.
The breathing exercise would help. I would try and not stop but the knee would just break it the rhythm.
Later as the snow clad mighty mountains came into my sight, they pumped up my energy, and that made me go on.
Finally at Chourikhag, the four day siege came to an end.
And all the time we fought this war, the us vs the path, the instructors glided through it, so easily.
And thats when I realised their extensive experience and I knew the next remaining days I had so much more to learn.
And without such senior mentors, none of the 33 women would have made it through the memorable 170kms, 28 days and from 5000ft to 16200ft.

I am a Mechanical Engineer, explorer, photographer, gourmand and all those things. I enjoy working out, practicing aerial yoga, writing postcards and taking care of my plants.

9 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    June 18, 2011

    hey good one heena…i couldnt read everything…but i will find time to do that…:D dhanya

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    1. Heena
      April 7, 2020

      Thanks man!

      Reply
  2. Anonymous
    June 19, 2011

    Change!!! Must have been hell of a time. I really hope that you make it pro! And that i am sure you will.

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    1. Heena
      April 7, 2020

      Absolutely! Thank you!

      Reply
  3. Arvind
    June 22, 2011

    Congratz !..Exciting stuff.. great courage.. never let it goo..

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    1. Heena
      April 7, 2020

      Thank you! Indeed!

      Reply
  4. Siddhanth
    June 25, 2011

    Oh so it was b'cos of this….. anyways the thrill was worth risking. Keep on with that spirit!

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    1. Heena
      April 7, 2020

      Absolutely! Thank you!

      Reply
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