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Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

MAKING a 14-day trek in temperatures as low as minus 15 degrees Celsius to heights of 5320 metres is about as far from a normal day to day desk job that you could get.

Faced with these odds and the fact that people have died attempting the trek — the latest just weeks before your attempt — would be enough to dissuade most people.

But when Fiji boy Ritesh Kumar set off to make the trek to the Base Camp of Mount Everest, he did all this and more.

Speaking from the Base Camp at Mount Everest yesterday, Mr Kumar said though the trek was hard, it was more than worth it.

"Overall, this is a beautiful trekking adventure in the Himalayan region and the sightseeing is priceless," he said.

"You pass through little mountain villages and stay in lodges with basic accommodation facilities and in many cases shared bathroom/toilet facilities.

"Food is basic and one shouldn't have high expectations, however, the menu does offer Nepalese food, pastas, chips.

"March to May is the peak season, however, that also means you could be competing for accommodation and may end up sleeping in dining halls."

Born on St Fort St in Suva, Mr Kumar attended Nehru Primary and Marist Brothers before eventually moving to Auckland for further studies under a New Zealand government scholarship.

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Auckland University, he worked in Sydney and Suva before eventually securing a job in Singapore as Microsoft's Asia Pacific regional financial controller, a job that he will leave for once he returns from the Mount Everest Base Camp.

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