Countless obstacles revealed themselves as we faced the challenge of summiting the worlds 20th highest mountain. With no training, mountain knowledge or appropriate equipment, we spontaneously took on the challenge of reaching the 13,00 ft peak. After 6 km of stair climbing to our base camp, our spirits were high in anticipation for the 2am summit sunrise hike. Oblivious to the reality of the given weather conditions, we scaled rock faces and …. more stairs to come to the final checkpoint of the trail. We soon realised we were the first people up the mountain, we had lost our guide and there was no one following us.
At this point we met some random english backpackers. Considering the sub zero temperatures and our highly inappropriate gear (i.e. exercise pants and cotton rain jackets) we penguin huddled in the toilets for a solid 45 minutes. Soon after a ranger came through only to tell us to turn around because of the dangerous weather and that most people had stopped far before us to go back.