>> CURSE OF KALINDI KHAL >> - FROSTBITE - It was not a bad weather, it was a bad clothing.
It was Summit day. We all woke up around 4 A.M. Last Night was extremely cold and I merely slept for Two Hours.
In the morning, it was minus 10 Degree Celcuis and extremely cold Air was flowing at the Kalindi Base Camp @ 18000 Feet above sea level. The sky was blue so we decided for the Final Push. My legs are shivering in Cold.
We are a team of 19 Members, 4 Trekkers, 2 Guide, 1 Cook and 12 Porters.
One porter aged 45 Yrs had neither carrying gloves nor sunglasses, and he was doing Kalindi for the first time, as no one was carrying extra gloves so we all requested him to return back when we are at Nandavan (Day 2), but he denied by saying "Mere Chote Chote Bache Hai, Paise Chahiye Unke Liye". He started for the summit with open hands. It was very difficult for him but he managed somehow and reached the summit. Till then the cold air had done his work. "Frostbite happened in his Right Hand' "Frostbite is when exposure to cold temperatures causes freezing to the skin or other tissues. It most commonly affects the hand, feet, and face. The longer areas are exposed to cold, typically the worse the frostbite. Frostbite is classified by degrees of severity, with first degree being superficial damage to surface skin and fourth degree involving bone, muscle and tendon. This causes irreversible damage and often requires amputation"
He was unable bear the loads (28Kgs). Other porters helped me and they carried his load.
He was in severe pain for next four days and finally he reached Rishikesh and Doctor has advised him to visit a hospital in Delhi.
On 29th June, he is coming to Delhi and his three fingers of Right Hand are going to be cut.