I will come again, and again, to be with you. I am a restless mind, won't take rest before I reach your summit.
On 18th May, we reached the South Col @8000 metres (aka Death Zone) feeling very strong and confident of making the summit bid in a few hours time. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be. We were met with a raging blizzard like conditions with winds at 100 kmph and extreme cold temperatures. We waited for 24 hours in the death zone. When the weather didn't show any signs of abating, we had to take the heart breaking decision of turning around from just a few hundred meters from my dream - the top of the world.
We evaluated our possibilities of mounting another bid after coming down to the lower camp. Regretfully, that had appeared to be quite challenging now logistically, given the freaky weather conditions and our spent physical forces. We decided to call off the expedition, to come back again next year.
I was so near, yet so far.