It was 9pm on 16th May 2014. We were at our Summit camp at 7650m gearing up to reach the top of Makalu (8481m), the 5thhighest Mountain in the world. The temperature was around minus 40 degrees and we were almost frozen. Me, Anand and two of our Sherpas, stepped out in the dark and started walking on the snow and ice slope. This slope is kinda scary and one slip might land you in China! I was in no mood for this free ride and walked ultra-cautiously on this terrain.