When Mount Everest came into full view

2016-10-20 11:16
Pietermaritzburg’s Dr Mahomed Moola recently made the long trek to the Mount Everest Base Camp at age 62.

Pietermaritzburg’s Dr Mahomed Moola recently made the long trek to the Mount Everest Base Camp at age 62. (Supplied)

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It does not matter how old you are, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. That’s according to a local Pietermaritzburg doctor who, at the age of 62, achieved his life-long dream of reaching Mount Everest’s base camp recently.

With 18 Comrades Marathons under his belt, and numerous international marathons, Pietermaritzburg anaesthetist Dr Mahomed Moola returned from his adventure in the Himalayas last Monday. Moola said trekking up to the base camp at Mount Everest had always been something he had wanted to do, especially after his plans to make the climb five years ago were thwarted by a fractured ankle.

The doctor, who has also completed marathons in New York, Paris, Dubai and Chicago and numerous Two Oceans Marathons, said his three-week experience of reaching the base camp was by far “the most challenging”.

“The trek up to the base camp was the cherry on top of the whole trip,” said Moola.

He said he, along with 11 other South Africans, reached Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, on September 23, and left for Lukla the very next day for the first stretch of the climb. Moola said out of the group of 12, he was the oldest climber and the only one from KZN on the trip.

He said after days of unpredictable weather conditions, navigating tricky terrain and adjusting to the climate, the team finally made it to the base camp, over 5 000 metres above sea level.

“The base camp itself was completely barren, and slightly eerie,” said Moola.

“Over March, April and May it turns into ‘tent city’ as that is the season for climbers to reach Mount Everest’s peak.”

Moola said he and three others from the group decided that the day after reaching the base camp, they would summit another peak further on called Kalapathr. When Moola reached Kala­pathr, almost 6 000 m above sea level, Mount Everest came into full view. “It is not something that can be explained in words. It was like God was there.

Moola said his age had not hindered him in any way, and his next goal was to achieve completing 20 Comrades Marathons.

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