Your attitude determines your altitude! Ash Latif

"Your attitude determines your altitude" - this is certainly true at 5,545m* where the oxygen levels are low and the risk of Acute Mountaineering Sickness (AMS) is high, not to forget the temperature falls between minus 10 and minus 20 degrees during the night!.

I am no stranger when it comes to taking on personally enduring and risky challenges - I have already walked bare footed over burning hot coals at temperatures exceeding 1200 degrees Fahrenheit on several occasions.

Life is about experiences. To live life, we must give, love, contribute, expand, learn, own, master and conquer carious things. This challenge encompassed most of these and alot more . . . . . . .

I believe what prevents most people from pushing themselves to the limit is not their limited imaginations, but their limiting beliefs, which they develop into certainty in their minds.

After getting our first breathtaking view of the himalaya mountains as we flew above the clouds on the approach to Kathmandu, we finally landed in a city where a cacophony of motorcycle engines, truck horns, rooster calls, police whistles, fruit hawkers and chanting sidewalk monks filled the kerosene laced air.

After a few days of acclimatising, safety, environmental and cultural awareness training, we we headed on our expeditition. The next few weeks were all rolled into one as we had no idea day or time it was, and nor did it matter as we embarked up through the mountain villages steadily climbing the marigold ladder where the view from each step is more beautiful than the previous.

Seeing Everest for the first time brings tears to your eyes and they then freeze on your face forever. The Himalayas test your courage, your stamina and tenacity, but at the same time touches your soul and steals your heart.

Can't wait for the next expedition.

Mount Everest

Height: 8848 meters or 29,029 ft

Longitude: 86°55' 40" E

Latitude: 27°59' 16" N

Nepal Name: Sagarmatha

Tibetan Name: Chomolungma