THE LAST MILE: This was the last 100 maybe 200 metres and as the picture can tell (although it was clicked on the other side after making it through to ABC!) the weather had just begun to get all grey and the snow flurries ❄️ were suddenly in abundance.
I could see basecamp right in front of my eyes and it looked so close - literally steps away!
But, I guess my mind gave up at this point. A certain fear engulfed & wrapped me entirely & at this point although what I’d challenged myself through for the last 6 days was now minutes away & the final few steps were to be taken, my mind was giving up and I was losing courage!
In that moment, I literally stopped & felt like I wouldn’t mind dying a frozen death, or wait for a helicopter to come air lift me, or wait for the porters to come pick me up so I when I’d open my eyes, I’d wake up to the luxuries of a warm bed, hot food and hot water!
There was no place to sit, hardly place to even stand without wind hitting my face whilst I’m biting my teeth shivering!
I felt like an infant who wanted to throw a stubborn tantrum and get my way out to my comfort!
But, then I stopped, opened my bottle of water with my hands frozen & had half a sip. That sip of water felt like some life saving drug!
It instantly made me think - why did I decide to do this trek in the first place ?! The next 10 minutes were gruelling, probably the least enjoyable of the entire trek but moments that I dropped the most amount of tears and I’ll always remember!
The point that I made it to the board which read welcome to Annapurna Base Camp, our guide hugged me & he said, “Nishrin, Congratulations come let me take a picture of you!” And at that moment taking a picture was the last thing I felt like doing.
That moment was the most special moment of my entire trek! The peak in front of me while I kneeled on the cold snow, my body almost frozen and numb and tears of absolute joy! It was the pure feeling of accomplishing my most physically challenging most *one with nature* experience yet!
Something that I believe changed something inside me for a lifetime! #PostcardsFromTheWorld #LostMyHeartInNepal #MyNepalAdventure2018