Anurag Nallavelli on scaling Dhaulagiri and Manaslu peaks without supplemental oxygen

Anurag Nallavelli on scaling Dhaulagiri and Manaslu peaks without supplemental oxygen

On April 9, Anurag Nallavelli summited Dhaulagiri mountain vary in Nepal, the seventh highest mountain on the earth at 8167 metres above sea stage. In September 2021, he summited Manaslu peak, 8163 metres above sea stage. The Hyderabadi accomplished each expeditions without utilizing supplemental oxygen. As a notice of warning, it’s crucial so as to add that this requires analysis and coaching to know how one responds to excessive altitudes without supplemental oxygen.

Anurag’s motivation to not depend on supplementary oxygen got here when he learn the experiences of mountaineer Ed Viesturs: “The e-book No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World’s 14 Highest Peaks (by Ed Viesturs and David Roberts) impressed me.” Anurag went via excessive altitude coaching in Oregon, United States, and says, “Each mountaineer’s physique adapts in a different way to excessive altitude situations. I learn up and educated earlier than taking over such a way. Carrying an oxygen cylinder or bottles would have meant extra weight. In case of malfunctioning of oxygen tools, mountaineers need to return to the bottom.”

Anurag Nallavelli

Anurag Nallavelli
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Anurag moved to the United States in 2015 to pursue his masters in info expertise and later started working as a software program engineer. “I used to be not an open air individual whereas in Hyderabad, besides enjoying cricket with associates.”  

A backpacking journey with a good friend In 2018 was the turning level. Soon, he changed into “a weekend warrior”, flying out on Friday evenings from his base in Michigan and returning to work on Monday mornings.

The pandemic modified his way of life additional. He was on a snowboarding journey in California when the US imposed a lockdown: “A good friend and I needed to keep put on the Love Creek Sanctuary in California the place we had checked into an Airbnb lodging; we didn’t understand how lengthy the lockdown would final. The couple that managed the animal sanctuary allowed us to remain and requested if we are able to chip in and work with the animals. We learnt quite a bit. We additionally had our work laptops and logged in remotely.”

Ever since, the sanctuary has been Anurag’s base and he gave up the Michigan condo. Intermittently in the course of the pandemic, he went on mountain climbing journeys in Colorado and related with mountaineering fans. The rising curiosity in mountaineering expeditions took him to coaching services in Oregon and Colorado. He educated for six months and climbed Denali, the best mountain vary in North America in May 2021. “The expedition was anticipated to be of three weeks length, however I accomplished it in 11 days. I wished to do extra.”

Anurag Nallavelli captures a stunning moment during the expedition

Anurag Nallavelli captures a surprising second in the course of the expedition
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He educated additional to know how far he may push himself in robust situations. The mountain climbing and mountaineering expeditions additionally modified his dietary habits.

Anurag turned vegan, stays away from added sugar and follows intermittent fasting when not on an expedition. He mentions that he was a meat eater and social drinker earlier.

Mountaineering has additionally taught him to stay with fewer issues: “I now not have an condo or a automobile within the US. I transfer from one place to a different for hikes and expeditions and briefly stick with associates and household. Living out of backpacks, I’ve realized how little we truly have to stay.” Working remotely has additionally helped the nomadic way of life.

Anurag is now in Hyderabad to spend time along with his household and is already wanting ahead to extra mountaineering expeditions from September. While descending from Dhaulagiri, he misplaced his backpack and a glove and suffered frostbites. “I have to relaxation and recuperate earlier than the subsequent season.”

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