" Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this Earth to climb. You may never reach the summit; for that you will be forgiven. But if you don't make at least one serious attempt to get above the snow line, years later you will find yourself lying on your deathbed, and all you will feel is emptiness "
– Hugh Macleod – Author of the Best Seller, Ignore Everybody
As Vikas Dimri, an ordinary human being, Mount Everest is the ultimate test of my ability. Standing at an altitude of 8850 metres (29,035 feet), Mount Everest is beyond the accepted death zone. It has 66% lesser oxygen, one-third of the atmospheric pressure of sea level, wind speeds up to 200 mph and temperatures as low as -40 degrees centigrade. I need to be in the best shape of my life to be able to withstand such a difficulty. At 40, I need to be like I was in my twenties.