Foraging in the Himalayas and Mount Everest…(Tiryagyoni Update)

Foraging in the Himalayas and Mount Everest.(Tiryagyoni Update) – Happy to be 6 km away from Mt  Everest. Could easily see Mt. Everest and other peaks of the Himalayan mountain range. Our aim is to forage in the mountains of Himalayas and collect various indigenous ingredients from several places.

My inspiration and Motivation

Before venturing, I was neither a great trekker nor passionate about mountains like Sanjay, the son of Himalayas, but now I am one. My passion for cuisines and creating something different and moreover inspiration and motivation from Sanjay made me take up this venture.

When we think of Mt. Everest we always give credit to Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

But do you know who identified the highest peak on the earth after which the duo went on to conquer? Mount Everest was “discovered” from a mountain of data by the brilliant mathematician Radhanath Sikdar, the Chief Computer of the Great Trigonometric Survey of India. He is unlikely to have seen Mount Everest. Even if he had seen the mountain, it is unlikely that he would have recognized its preeminent stature among the mountains of the world.

Radhanath Sikdhar

The 39-year old Sikdar’s feat was in computing the height accurately, accounting for the fact that light rays bend as they pass through the air that is thinning with height. Four long and arduous years of unscrambling mathematical data, Radhanath Sikdhar had managed to find out the height of Peak XV, an icy peak in the Himalayas. The mountain – later christened Mount Everest after Sir George Everest, the surveyor general of India – stood at 29,002 feet. When he computed the height as 29,002 feet, he realized that he had found the highest mountain in the world. That was in 1852, and the news was publicly announced two years later.

29,029 Feet

The height is now estimated to be 29,029 feet. The increase in height is mostly from the increased accuracy of the computation, although the mountain is actually growing, but at a smaller rate.