HYDERABAD: Mount Everest is a mountain that researchers say claims at least one life for every 10 expeditions. Neillima Poduta is well aware of the risks she will face in her attempt to scale the summit. After all, she has seen the mighty mountain crumble to dust in the avalanche triggered by the earthquake in Nepal last April; in which over 18 mountaineers perished, trying to live their passion.
“I was thought to be dead,” recalls a somber Neillima.
“Last time I went to Nepal it was only with an intention to scale the peak. But after seeing so many people die, I realised that my survival meant that I had to give a higher purpose to my life,” she says.
Undaunted and fired by the drive to give back to the mountains that saved her, she decided to give her Everest dream a second shot. After her maiden attempt to plant the flag on the world’s highest peak was cut short by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, she got back home with a renewed hope and purpose in life, left her high paying corporate job and took to rigorous training to fulfil the demands of her dream.The 29-year-old will be leaving for Kathmandu in a couple of days for a two-week-long pre-training session before the 60-day-long expedition commences on April 8.
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