What Do You Think About When You’re Dying at 5000 m? FabIndia Kurtas

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What Do You Think About When You’re Dying at 5000 m? FabIndia Kurtas

Illustration: Akshita Monga

H

ow do your triumphal survivor-type stories end? Do you stagger toward the sunset, exhausted but exultant? Fall to your knees, kiss the ground, tears streaming down your cheeks?

Mine began at the end of a solo four-day trek in Ladakh’s Hemis National Park, marked by fever and classic AMS-related confusion. At the top of Ganda La (4,980m), in the middle of a hailstorm and a fit of breathlessness, I’d unsuccessfully tried to phone my mother – only to be reminded by my guide Dechen that we hadn’t seen a single bar of network in three days. Still, I’d passed through the gorgeous Shingo Valley, which had made the trying four days before it seem almost worth it.

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