After returning back from his first attempt in 2014 because of a significant avalanche, 50-year-old Aditya Gupta’s second attempt to scale the Mount Everest this year in May was finally a success.
In an interview with Indian Express, Gupta, who has previously been on several exciting expeditions, talked about the experiences and challenges he witnessed while climbing Mount Everest.
The experience taught him about focus, mental toughness, self-confidence, courage, optimism, power of having goals, he explained. Besides, one also needs to stay prepared for the unexpected challenges as at times equipments would also fail, the weather would worsen and tragedies would happen. But upon reaching the summit, you’d notice that nothing else really matters, he added.
When asked about whether he feels his age played an advantage or a challenge in mountaineering, Gupta said that being 50 played an advantage as that helped him stay well aware about his limitations and responsibilities. Both mental as well as physical fitness are important for climbing Everest. Luckily, he was mentally tough and determined about his goal while he trained rigorously for 9 months and increased his legs and back strength, cardio capacity and lost about 12 kilos, said Gupta.
For those who plan on going on such feats, Gupta advised to remember that pain and difficulty are temporary when you embark on such a journey but the happiness you receive at the end is life-long.
Notably, Gupta went for his first expedition to Pindari Glacier in the year 1987, when he was studying at IIT Roorkee.