Alexander Abramov and Lyudmila Korobeshko came to climb the summit of Mount Khosar Gang in Pakistan

Lyudmila Korobeshko, Director of the 7 Summits Club from Pakistan: Greetings from Pakistan, or rather from the capital of Baltistan - Skardu! We were warmly welcomed by the five brothers Said, the Lela Peak company managers. We managed ... read more

Lyudmila Korobeshko, Director of the 7 Summits Club from Pakistan:

Greetings from Pakistan, or rather from the capital of Baltistan - Skardu! We were warmly welcomed by the five brothers Said, the Lela Peak company managers.  

 We managed to walk around Skardu, all the people here are very friendly and hospitable. Tomorrow we start climbing Khosar Gang. On the first day, according to the plan, we should reach the base camp at 3800.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are waiting for a new and unique beer from the top of Elbrus! And we congratulate its author on his Birthday!

Our friend and companion on many 7 Summits Club expeditions Daniil Briman is not just a brewer, but a brewer of the highest category. Suffice it to mention that he is the Chairman of the Council of the Union of Russian Brewers! And he had a ... read more

Our friend and companion on many 7 Summits Club expeditions Daniil Briman is not just a brewer, but a brewer of the highest category. Suffice it to mention that he is the Chairman of the Council of the Union of Russian Brewers! And he had a very good tradition – to brew a unique special beer dedicated to a specific mountaineering ascent and a specific summit. So the rapid blitz ascent on Elbrus ended with the following scene of taking snow from the top to prepare a new variety of beer:

 

 

 

These are our members! We are proud! Brewer Daniil Briman previously brewed with us and treated us to special beers: Everest, Denali and Mont Blanc.

 

By the way, the idea of a super-blitz on Elbrus was born in Daniil during our recent friendly expedition on Ararat, in a conversation with Alexander Abramov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How glad I am that I climbed Ararat! Video from the 7 Summits Club expedition led by Alexander Abramov

On September 16, a large group of the 7 Summits Club expedition led by Alexander Abramov reached the summit of Mount Ararat. Wonderful climb, great group! The author of the video is Lyudmila Korobeshko... read more

On September 16, a large group of the 7 Summits Club expedition led by Alexander Abramov reached the summit of Mount Ararat. Wonderful climb, great group!

 Farewell photo with Mount Ararat

 

 

The author of the video is Lyudmila Korobeshko:

 

Summit! The super-expedition of the 7 Summits Club reached its goal, the team climbed Mount Ararat

Lyudmila Korobeshko from Turkey: Today our team "Turkish Gambit" - all 26 people - climbed the summit of Mount Ararat. Now we all went down to the base camp and celebrate our victory. read more

Lyudmila Korobeshko from Turkey:

Today our team "Turkish Gambit" - all 26 people - climbed the summit of Mount Ararat. Now we all went down to the base camp and celebrate our victory.

 

 

 

 

 

Super-expedition of the 7 Summits Club successfully completed acclimatization rotation to a height of 4200 meters on the slopes of Mount Ararat

Lyudmila Korobeshko from Turkey: Greetings from the slopes of Ararat from the Turkish Gambit team! Our large group (26 people) climbed to acclimatize to the height of 4200. We walked for less than 4 hours from 3300 to 4200, it is good ... read more

Lyudmila Korobeshko from Turkey:  Greetings from the slopes of Ararat from the Turkish Gambit team! Our large group (26 people) climbed to acclimatize to the height of 4200. We walked for less than 4 hours from 3300 to 4200, it is good speed! On the way, you can see wonderful views of Little Ararat. We spent 40 minutes in the assault camp on 4200. There we drank tea and ran down to the delicious Turkish soup and Oriental sweets. We're resting now. In a couple of hours, according to the plan, there will be roast lamb and a continuation of yesterday's Banquet. It was the Grand opening of the new camp of the 7 Summits Club on Ararat.

Tomorrow we move with things on 4200 and in the same night we go to storm the summit.

The 7 Summits Club guides Alex Abramov, Serge Avtomonov and Lucy Korobeshko were in touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 7 Summits Club has prepared a super base camp and is ready to host a large group of climbers on Ararat

Director of the 7 Summits Club Lyudmila Korobeshko and guide Sergey Avtonomov completed their mission to set up a base camp for a large group that is coming tomorrow. The Club President Alex Abramov personally checked the readiness of the ... read more

Director of the 7 Summits Club Lyudmila Korobeshko and guide Sergey Avtonomov completed their mission to set up a base camp for a large group that is coming tomorrow. The Club President Alex Abramov personally checked the readiness of the camp. The weather on Ararat is excellent, we hope for a successful ascent. Tomorrow - group meeting in Van.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A gift from Yulia Demina, an artist who paints mountains

On July 25, 2020, as part of a large group of the 7 Summits Club, a young artist Yulia Demina ascended to the top of Mount Elbus under the "Blitz" program. The mountain theme is one of the leading themes in her work, which is not ... read more

25 июля 2020 года в составе большой группы Клуба 7 вершин юная художница Юлия Демина совершила восхождение на вершину Эльбуса по программе «Блиц». Горная тема - одна из ведущих в ее творчестве, что неудивительно, ведь она опытная спортсменка, чемпионка России по горному туризму. Свежие виды на горы Кавказа вдохновили ее на новый цикл работ. Некоторые из них она сделала прямо у убежища перед штурмом вершины. Юлия отдала их своим товарищам по скалолазанию. А теперь она приготовила подарок убежищу «Национальный парк».

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two summits! The leaders of the 7 Summits Club climbed two peaks of Mount Kazbek along the Northern route

Yesterday Alexander Abramov and Lyudmila Korobeshko climbed Mount Kazbek, the Eastern and Western peaks. The entire program took four days from Terskol to Terskol. It is a very picturesque route with elements of via-ferrata and Tyrolean ... read more

Yesterday Alexander Abramov and Lyudmila Korobeshko climbed Mount Kazbek, the Eastern and Western peaks. The entire program took four days from Terskol to Terskol. It is a very picturesque route with elements of via-ferrata and Tyrolean river crossing! We recommend it to everyone! We would like to express our gratitude to our partners Alexander Yakovenko! As well as Alexander Rastorguyev and Nikita Slotin, who accompanied us on the route.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There Are Seven Summits! The 7 Summits Club congratulates Oleg Savchenko on completing the climbing program on all continents!

There Are Seven Summits! The 7 Summits Club congratulates Oleg Savchenko on completing the climbing program on all continents! Oleg Savchenko is an absolutely wonderful person, one of the most important people in the Volgograd region. He is ... read more

 Oleg Savchenko is an absolutely wonderful person, one of the most important people in the Volgograd region. He is a highly successful businessman and established politician, who worked three terms in the State Duma of the Russian Federation, a Deputy of the regional Duma. In his youth, Oleg was a handball player, an international-class athlete, and became interested in mountaineering only after he turned 50 years old. With the 7 Summits Club  Savchenko made ascents to Everest, where he performed his unique project. With the help of Sherpas, a unique operation was carried out to bury the body of Slovenian Marko Lihteneker, who died in 2005 near the summit.

 

 

And also with us Savchenko climbed other peaks of the "seven": Vinson, Aconcagua and Carstensz. And so he finished everything on July 25, 2020 in native Elbrus.

Congratulations to Oleg! We wish you new summits, new achievements, good health and luck!

 

     

 

 

Fyodor Konyukhov and the 7 Summits Club are preparing an expedition on Elbrus. Our friendship and cooperation continue

As you know, the famous Russian traveler and explorer Fyodor Konyukhov became the first Russian to climb the "Seven summits". And he has a long and strong friendship with the 7 Summits Club. In 2012, Fyodor Konyukhov, as part of our ... read more

 As you know, the famous Russian traveler and explorer Fyodor Konyukhov became the first Russian to climb the "Seven summits". And he has a long and strong friendship with the 7 Summits Club. In 2012, Fyodor Konyukhov, as part of our expedition led by Alexander Abramov, climbed Everest for the second time. And we haven't lost touch since.

Last year, together with his son Oscar, grandchildren and friends, and under the guidance of a guide of the 7 Summits Club Dmitry Ermakov, Fyodor climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. On our website you can read a report about this ascent. At the same time, the idea was born to continue cooperation and organize the ascent on Elbrus. The expedition to the highest peak of Russia and Europe is scheduled for August 2-9.

 

 

In preparation for the ascent to Elbrus, a special batch of equipment was ordered…

 

 

 

Everest 2012

 

 

 

Kilimanjaro 2019

 

 

 

Fyodor Konyukhov visiting the 7 Summits Club

 

 

The 7 Summit Club hosted by Fyodor Konyukhov

 

The 7 Summits Club congratulates Natasha Kartashova, the beautiful Queen of the Crimean rocks!

We are fabulously lucky that in Sunny Crimea we have such a representative, the head of programs of the Climbing school of the 7 Summits Club, as Natasha. An athlete and beauty, an authoritative hostess and administrator – we are always ... read more

We are fabulously lucky that in Sunny Crimea we have such a representative, the head of programs of the Climbing school of the 7 Summits Club, as Natasha. An athlete and beauty, an authoritative hostess and administrator – we are always sure that she will do everything right.

Natasha, long, long years to your happiness, peace and stability in life! Always be in great physical shape, do not get sick and do not pay attention to trifles! Happy Birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R. J. Nagarajan. Expedition to Antarctica & Mt Vinson story

Looking Back ... some nostalgic feeling of being in Antarctica and summiting Mt Vinson with Alex Abramov and the crazy Russian team: Vladislav Lachkarev and Alla Mishina. The entire trip was freezing cold, white-out, windy ...only the ... read more

Looking Back ... some nostalgic feeling of being in Antarctica and summiting Mt Vinson with Alex Abramov and the crazy Russian team:  Vladislav Lachkarev and  Alla Mishina.

The entire trip was freezing cold, white-out, windy ...only the Russians can heck this ... super strong and resilient folks not forgetting their spirits! (not vodka .... but pure alcohol! :))

As crazy as they can be, but I had some wonderful time and learned so many values!

Since I got back from the trip … I wondered why was it so much fun and at the same time, we all became so close and manage to endure that atrocious weather and manage to get to the pinnacle of Antarctica. These were some of my reflections and learnings for this expedition!

 

 

Leadership – I have been in many teams, also have run companies and transform a few of them but the Leadership of Alex was the difference. He was motivating, educating, at times a drill Sargent (driving us crazy) and a fun-loving individual! And when he is on the mountain… he is definitely in charge together with Artom (Guide) He truly exhibits it when the situation arises during so many challenges along the way up to the summit, At times he raises his voice, jokes, teaches, etc. and mind u the people who climb with him are all Business owners/ CEO’s (Vlad, Alla, Sergey, Sasha…) We all continue to climb with him because of the same reasons.

There was a particular time I was struggling in the climb and was beginning to have self-doubt, he turned around and told me u are stronger and u know that! I didn’t get it in the beginning, but later I knew he just wanted me to focus on the climb and not noise inside me! He can be fun and crazy at the same time and an example of it was when he bought a Xmas tree and shipped to Union Glacier and placed it outside our tent area so we will not feel left out and will feel festive!

Teamwork – When I first met the team, I felt the odd one out among an entire Russian team, This brown Malaysian guy trying to blend in with these folks who spoke a different language and culturally different! But then as the expedition progressed, I truly felt the comradeship of the team, they looked after each other, supported each other, to the extend when we have meals they will wait for me, not once but every time and not forgetting the alcohol drinking sessions after our meals. So there was once I asked my fellow teammate, Vlad, why are these folks so hospitable, then he replied we are FAMILY! In a family, there will be ups and down but we stick together. I also realized that my tentmate Ella (a super fit grandma) who keeps an eye on my safety and wellbeing! AN example of it was once I wandered out of the tent after dinner and I was out for many hours, and as she got worried, she got hold of Alex and started searching for me!

 

 

Knowledgeable – He might not be the fastest or fittest climber I know, but he definitely knows his mountains esp. places where he climbs (Everest 10x, the 7 summits in 7 months and many more). An example of this was when we got to the high camp that evening, a couple of teams just got back after summiting. They were surprised we came in when the weather windows are about to close. And we were told the park rangers will also come by the following day to inform us to go down. Alex just smiled and told us to have a hearty meal and go to bed. A few hours later, he called out to all of us and asked us to get ready in 20 mins. I was puzzled, when I stepped out it was windy (easily 40 -50 km hour) and freezing (probably -30c)!

Without saying more, we all got ready and had our breakfast before heading out. As expected it was cloudy, windy and freezing… we just kept walking and walking … a couple of hours into the climb and when we took a turn, the sun which was hiding behind the mountains rise! Although it was still cloudy it was not so windy and the weather got better as we climbed higher. It was a challenging climb as we got closer … gasping for breath we manage to reach the summit ridge and summited!

 

 

When we got back to base camp, the other teams were surprised that we actually climbed and more so to the summit! That’s where I know Alex knows his mountains pretty darn well!

No doubt every mountaineer would have similar stories and teams who love them and great experiences, meanwhile, this was my personal experience something I thought worth sharing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nepal is closed.  It is time for virtual climbing Everest

  We had to cancel our Everest and Lhotse expeditions due to the fact that Nepal officially closed the climbing season in the spring of 2020. But there is an alternative - you can make a virtual climb on Everest. ... read more

  We had to cancel our Everest and Lhotse expeditions due to the fact that Nepal officially closed the climbing season in the spring of 2020. But there is an alternative - you can make a virtual climb on Everest.   https://yandex.ru/everest/  Photos were  made during our expeditions on Everest in the spring of 2016.

 

 

UIAA official site: Sofie Lenaerts – on top of each continent

On January 4, Belgian climber Sofie Lenaerts completed a program to climb the seven highest peaks of seven continents. She did this as part of the 7 Summit Club team. UIAA official site published an interview with the heroine of the season. read more

On January 4, Belgian climber Sofie Lenaerts completed a program to climb the seven highest peaks of seven continents. She did this as part of the 7 Summit Club team. UIAA official site published an interview with the heroine of the season.

 

UIAA official site:  Sofie Lenaerts – on top of each continent 

 

Eleven years ago, mountain climbing enthusiast, full-time employee for the Belgian Federal Police and the face of Watch Out, a weekly traffic magazine show on Belgian television, Sofie Lenaerts scaled the highest mountain range in Europe, Mount Elbrus, a dormant volcano in the Caucasus Mountains. Sofie enjoyed the experience but soon sought new challenges.

 

 

In the ensuring years followed successful summits in South America, North America and Asia. It slowly dawned on Lenaerts that she was soon halfway to conquering the mythical Seven Summits challenge, the attempt to scale the highest mountain on every continent. So it was at 19:00 on 10 January 2020 after a seven-hour climb and withstanding bitterly cold temperatures and high winds, along with climbing companions Eva Lakiere and Miguel Madrid Lopez, she took the final, emotional step of the 4892 metres up to the peak of Mount Vinson, the highest mountain in Antarctica. With this, Lenaerts made her own piece of history. The Seven Summits challenge has long been an ambition for many mountaineers. In April 1985, American Richard Bass was the first documented person to climb all seven summits. If joining an elite group wasn’t an historic enough achievement, Sofie also became the first woman in Belgium or indeed the entire Benelux to accomplish this feat. She follows in the footsteps of UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt (Netherlands), a fellow Seven Summiter.

The 44-year old is something of a self-confessed adventure junkie, enjoying a myriad of sports including skydiving, kickboxing, motorcycling, scuba diving, skiing, trail running, kite surfing, speleology, high-altitude climbing and paragliding. In 2018, she ran and cycled 270km in 24 hours, from the lowest to the highest point in Flanders, as an ambassador for the Make-A-Wish “30 days without complaining” campaign.  It is a demonstration of the level of physical and mental preparedness and determination that has allowed her to achieve what for most of us would be impossible, with months of preparation having to go into each climb.

 

THE UIAA SPOKE TO SOFIE RECENTLY TO DISCOVER MORE ABOUT HER ACHIEVEMENT, HER PASSION FOR MOUNTAINEERING AND IN LINE WITH THE UIAA’S OWN ETHICS ON MOUNTAIN SAFETY, HER BELIEF IN RESPONSIBLE CLIMBING.

When did your interest in climbing, the outdoors and mountaineering begin? And how has it evolved over time?

I was invited to go indoor climbing when I was 24 years old. After that this same person took me rock climbing in the Ardennes (Beez, Freyr, Dave). After that came via Ferrata in the Dolomites (Italy) and rock-climbing small mountains (+3000m) in France and Italy. My first “bigger” mountain was Nevado Pisco, 5752m, in Peru. After that I decided I wanted to climb more peaks like this. I went to Ecuador, Nepal, Colombia, Argentina, Alaska and step by step I started dreaming of crossing the 8000m threshold.

Your quest to scale all Seven Summits was a feat which took place over eleven years. At which stage did you really take on the challenge of climbing them all? Was it something you had in mind when you climbed Elbrus in 2009 or is it something which came to you much later?

In the beginning I didn’t plan to climb the Seven Summits. Elbrus and Aconcagua were just an opportunity and I had chosen to climb Denali as training preparation for an 8000m peak. But when two expeditions to an 8000m peak had failed, I had the opportunity to climb Everest. After that, in 2016 I had succeeded in climbing it, I decided to complete the Seven Summits.

You have mentioned in interviews only taking calculated risks and getting to the top is really only the halfway point. This is a really responsible philosophy, and one the UIAA through its work across mountain safety promotes. In a world where sometimes people want to achieve things at any cost, how important is it to you that you are a responsible climber, who respects the challenge, the mountain and the mountain environment?

I believe that good decision making can only be achieved by true experience. You need years of practice in the mountains where you need to learn step by step where the dangers lie and gradually you will also learn what your physical and mental boundaries are. If you respect the safety rules in mountaineering, you can reduce the risks to accidents and find a healthy balance between wanting to reach the summit but also knowing when it’s time to commence the ascent and return safely. The mountains doesn’t run away and a patient climber has a greater chance to grow old and tell their story, whereas eager bold climbers sometimes die young.

In terms of preparation and planning, how much time typically went into each expedition (in terms of training, route planning, organisation and what were the most challenging parts to organise)?

For a big expedition like a group expedition towards an 8000m peak, it took one year but when I climb together with my husband (Stef Maginelle – himself an expert climber and first Belgian to climb two peaks above 8000m, without oxygen, during the same expedition), it’s between six to eight months. The last expedition we did was without a Sherpa or oxygen so we only needed to organize the basecamp facilities …something these days is very easy to do. The variety of commercialized logistics organizations is wide spread.  As for training, we try to keep in shape the whole year around and one month before departure we start our hypoxic training. Depending on the physical challenge, we adjust the training where needed.

 


 

Across the seven expeditions what was technically the most challenging moment, and what emotionally was the most memorable?

 

The most technical challenge was the Everest North side but not the most beautiful experience, that would be Denali, for I love to climb independently. For Everest and Vinson, I needed to make an exception. The most emotional were Everest and Vinson. Everest because it was my first +8000 m peak and I knew my husband stood on that same point nine years before and Vinson, because it was the last of the Seven Summits. One of the other climbs – not related to the Seven Summits – I learned most from was a solo expedition to the North Side (AD+) of Khan Tengri 7010m in Kazakhstan in 2015 (pictured above). I had to set-up three high camps, using two very small tents. I spent 14 days on the mountain because of continuous bad weather, but made it to the summit even when many other expeditions of male climbers turned back. I had to use fixed ropes from previous expeditions to climb the hardest parts and in a happy coincidence I met three Belgians, two of whom also made the summit. It made for nice company and for me, this climb, is still the most beautiful experience I have ever accomplished.

After a decade long pursuit accomplishing her dream, many people would be forgiven for settling for the quieter life.  An inspiration to climbers in her home country, she will be somewhere new soon chasing her next adventure.  As she says herself, “If you can dream it, you can do it”.

 

TIMELINE OF SOFIE’S SEVEN SUMMITS

Elbroes (5642 meters), Europe. Climbed in 2009
Aconcagua (6962 meters), South America. Climbed in 2010
Denali (6190 meters), North America. Climbed in 2012
Mount Everest (8848 meters), Asia. Climbed in 2016
Puncak Jaya (4884 meters), Oceania. Climbed in 2017
Kilimanjaro (5895 meters), Africa. Climbed in 2018
Mount Vinson (4892 meters), Antarctica. Climbed in 2020

He left a successful career to scale mountains and he's never been happier

Malaysian Tillai Muthu Nagarajan found his recipe for happiness. At the age of 50, he decided to leave the office and begin to lead a sporting lifestyle. Running, swimming, kayaking, climbing mountains. The Seven Summits program became his ... read more

Malaysian Tillai Muthu Nagarajan found his recipe for happiness. At the age of 50, he decided to leave the office and begin to lead a sporting lifestyle. Running, swimming, kayaking,  climbing mountains. The Seven Summits program became his motivation, became his goal for the coming years. Now Rajan has climbed six of the seven highest peaks from the program. He climbed two of them with the 7 Summit Club groups. This is Denali and Vinson. Ahead is Everest, which the Malaysian will also climb with our team under the leadership of Alexander Abramov. Read article

 

 

 

 

He left a successful career to scale mountains and

he's never been happier

 

When he turned 50 six years ago, Tillai Muthu Nagarajan decided to quit his high-flying corporate job and climb mountains. Rajan, as he is known, was the CEO of a consulting firm in Singapore, drawing a high salary and living a comfortable life. But he wasn’t happy.

 

 

“I wanted my life to be worth living and was just so tired of the routine of my nine-to-five job. I’d been at it for years... hating it, complaining about it, but still doing it day in, day out. I didn’t want my life to be all about work and getting stressed about meeting targets and all that.

  

“So, when I turned 50, I decided I’d had enough and I quit. I was offered a higher salary, a seat on the board and all that if I stayed, but I really wanted no more of that life. I wanted my life to be worth living, ” says the KL-born and bred Rajan, who turned 55 recently.

Since then, Rajan has scaled six of the seven summits (the seven highest mountains in each of the seven continents): Mount Aconcagua in South America, Mount Denali in North America, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Europe, Mount Vinson in Antarctica and and Carstensz Pyramid in Oceania. He is training to climb Mount Everest, the last of the seven, this year.

 

 Rajan (left) with some of the other climbers on Mount Denali in Alaska.

 

“Why do I do it? Wait, let me show you, ” says Rajan as he whips out his mobile phone and shows me photo after photo of his trips up and down the many mountains around the world. The photos, taken with only his mobile phone, show breathtaking scenes of snowcapped mountains, rolling landscapes, rushing rivers and stunning rock formations that are picture perfect.

“Mountaineering has really opened my eyes to how beautiful the world is. I had travelled a lot for work before but I never saw such spectacular sights as I did when I started going on these climbing trips. The views are just perfect and, believe me, my photos do not do them justice, ” he says, eagerly drawing up more photos for me to see.

 

Rajan says that he never tires of scenes on his climbs.

 

 

Discovering his passion

 

Rajan got his first taste of mountaineering more than a decade ago when he and a small group of friends decided they needed some adventure in their lives.

“We were all a little burnt out in our careers and were looking for something fun and challenging to do to revive our lives a little. So we decided to climb Mount Kinabalu. We even came up with a name for our trip: “Project Renaissance”.That was my first ever climb and though we did reach the summit, it took me about three weeks to recover from the climb! It was painful, ” recalls Rajan.

 

Rajan wasn't all that adventurous when he was younger. Now, he's game to try anything.

 

As tough as it was, the members of Project Renaissance found that they enjoyed climbing. The following year, the group of friends trekked up to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal and the year after that, they climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

“We tried to push ourselves a little harder each time. I really enjoyed everything about it... the challenge, the training, the adventure. Unfortunately, because I was still working, I often had to take a step back (from mountaineering) because of work commitments.

“So, when I turned 50, I decided that it was time for a change. I have absolutely no regrets. I am happier now that I have ever been, ” he says.

Rajan is also the fittest he has ever been in his life. Mountaineering requires a tremendous amount of physical and mental strength and Rajan starts training up to six months before each trip. When he’s not preparing for a climb, he runs and hits the gym daily.

“Climbing mountains is no joke. When you are a CEO, you have a secretary and a staff to help you. On the mountains, you are on your own and if you are not prepared, you perish. You have to carry every single thing that you will need (equipment, layers of clothing, medicine) up and down with you. This also includes your rubbish and also your bodily waste (you have to poop in a bag with a chemical that freezes the waste so there is no smell). These national parks are kept in pristine condition and they even make sure that you are cleansed before you go in, ” explains Rajan.

 

Mental fortitude is crucial up on the mountains. 

 

 Apart from physical strength and stamina, climbers need to be mentally and emotionally strong to survive the challenging conditions on the peaks. Rajan meditates and practises yoga to help him brace for the tough conditions on his trips.

“There are risk factors when you go these trips. Conditions can be unpredictable and you have to be prepared, mentally, to handle any situation. You also need to focus and deal with the altitude because you can be up there for weeks. I was stuck on Mount Denali for three weeks because there were strong winds that kept us in our tents for days. We had to do everything in our tents. Sometimes we bring a radio with us to keep us entertained but if you don’t have that mental strength, you will crumble.

“And when you have strong winds blowing against you... and I mean winds that are 30 or 40km/hour, you need to be strong. When you are up in the mountains, there is nowhere to go, ” he shares.

What makes it all worth the risk, he says, is the feeling of accomplishment when he reaches the summit.

“There were many instances when I didn’t make it. Either the weather conditions were bad or I was not feeling well or my team wasn’t in the best of health. It’s disappointing and frustrating and I always make sure that I go back and complete that climb. I am very determined because nothing can beat the feeling of reaching the summit. Being on top of the world, so to speak. It’s indescribable, ” he says.

Rajan may seen fearless, but he admits that there is still something, or rather someone, he fears.

 

The breathtaking vistas are another reason Rajan is glad he decided to choose climbing mountains over the corporate ladder.

 

“My mother! I may be 55 and I may climb the highest mountains in the world, but I am scared of my mother. I don’t usually tell her before I go on these trips because she will not be pleased. She worries about my safety. So I get my brother to tell her after I have left. That way she can’t say anything, ” he says with a laugh of his mother who lives in Brickfields, KL.

Mountaineering is also, he admits, not a cheap hobby, especially since his bucket list includes the Seven Summits and other mountains around the world. His trip to Antarctica to climb Mount Vinson cost him about US$45,000 (RM183,000) just for the park fees alone.

“It’s not cheap, that’s for sure but thankfully, I managed to build up quite a tidy nest egg before I quit to tap into. Also, I am single and don’t have any children so I don’t have many commitments. Why else should I work so hard if not to fund my passion?” he says.

Rajan also started his own consulting company based in KL where he focuses on strategic transformation of companies and leadership training.

“I work on a few projects but it’s a lot different from being tied down to a nine-to-five job. Now I work so that I have enough to fund my passion, ” he says.

 

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Summit! Alexander Abramov and Ludmila Korobeshko climbed the highest volcano in the world, Mount Ojos del Salado

Greetings from Chile from Alexander Abramov and Ludmila Korobeshko! Yesterday we were at the top of Ojos del Salado. We went in the style of blitz - in 2 days. There was a lot of snow on the climb. We trailed all the way to the summit. Here ... read more

Greetings from Chile from Alexander Abramov and Ludmila Korobeshko! Yesterday we were at the top of Ojos del Salado. We went in the style of blitz - in 2 days. There was a lot of snow on the climb. We trailed all the way to the summit. Here it is - the arid desert of Atacama ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summit! The Que Pasa group of the 7 Summits Club with guide Ludmila Korobeshko successfully climbed to the top of Mount Huayna Potosi

Greetings to everyone from Bolivia from Que Pasa group! Yesterday morning we climbed to the top of Mount Huayna Potosi - the most beautiful peak above six thousand meters (6088). We reached the peak almost all, only one member did not reach ... read more

Greetings to everyone from Bolivia from Que Pasa group! Yesterday morning we climbed to the top of Mount Huayna Potosi - the most beautiful peak above six thousand meters (6088). We reached the peak almost all, only one member did not reach it stopped about 100 m vertically. Yesterday, we went down and arrived in La Paz. We are great. Everyone is happy. Today is the last day of the program. Rest and then we fly away ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 7 Summit Club team left the beauties of Lake Titicaca and moves to the mountains

Hello from Bolivia! This is the group “Que pasa” and Luda Korobeshko. Today we woke up in a wonderful eco-hotel in the religious center of the Incan empire - on the island of the Sun. After drinking rejuvenating water from the magical ... read more

 Hello from Bolivia! This is the group “Que pasa” and Luda Korobeshko. Today we woke up in a wonderful eco-hotel in the religious center of the Incan empire - on the island of the Sun. After drinking rejuvenating water from the magical source of the Incas and rejuvenated, we sailed to the island of the Moon. There we examined the ruins of the ancient temple. Here, beautiful young girls were brought up to 16 years old, then they were sacrificed to the gods or married to noble Incas. To whom it was lucky.

 Then we got to a floating island (Uros tribes still live on similar islands made of their reeds), where we caught fish and had lunch.

Further in the program there was a visit to the Temple of Copacabana, where locals  priests consecrate newly purchased cars. And in the evening, we moved to the Casa Blanca shelter at 4700, already on the slopes of Huayna Potosi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group of the 7 Summits Club in Bolivia visited legendary places on Lake Titicaca. Photos

Ludmila Korobeshko, the 7 Summits Club Director and group guide: January 8. Hello from Bolivia from "Que pasa" team! Today there was an incredibly busy day. On the morning we left La Paz and headed towards Lake Titicaca. First of all we ... read more

 Ludmila Korobeshko, the 7 Summits Club Director and group guide:

January 8. Hello from Bolivia from "Que pasa" team! Today there was an incredibly busy day. On the morning we left La Paz and headed towards Lake Titicaca. First of all we visited the museum Ra 2, which is hold by a family, participated in the construction of boats for the expedition of Thor Heyerdahl. By lunchtime, we arrived on the main island of the lakes – Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun), which at one time was the religious center of the Inca Empire. We visited the ruins of the Inca castles, ate great Andean lunch of vegetables grown on the fertile banks of Titicaca.

In the evening we went to a heavenly place - Hotel La Estancia. Along the way we met local lamas and alpacas. At the end, we admired sunset on the highest point of the Sun Island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summit! A group of the 7 Summits Club with a guide Ludmila Korobeshko climbed to the top of Mount Orizaba on New Year's Eve

Ludmila Korobeshko, a group guide: Hello from Mexico! Our team changed its name and became known as the "Group virus." First, Nikolai Senior fell ill, before climbing La Malinche. It turns out that in the morning he had a temperature of ... read more

 Ludmila Korobeshko, a group guide:  

Hello from Mexico! Our team changed its name and became known as the "Group virus." First, Nikolai Senior fell ill, before climbing La Malinche. It turns out that in the morning he had a temperature of 38, but he decided that it was nothing. And even climbed to the top, but exclusively on moral-volitional...

 The next day, December 31, we went to Orizaba Base Camp already without Nikolai. We celebrated the New Year with turkey, red caviar and red wine. The forecast for the night from 1th to 2th, when according to the plan we were supposed to have an assault, was bad - the wind is 60 km / h. Therefore, we started immediately on New Year's Eve.

We climbed, though very slowly - nevertheless, 1,500 m of drop and the virus was felt. We all admired the courage of Ania, who from the very beginning was very hard to go. But in 11 hours we quietly reached the summit with her. We descended into the camp already in the dark.

Now a well-deserved rest started: pyramids, cacti, tequila. By the way, cacti can be delicious.