He is lucky who, in the full tide of life, has experienced a measure of the active environment he most desires. In these days of upheaval and violent change, when the basic values of today are the vain and shattered dreams of tomorrow, there is much to be said for a philosophy which aims at living a full life while the opportunity offers. There are few treasures of more lasting worth than the experience of a way of life that is in itself wholly satisfying. Such, after all, are the only possessions of which no fate, no cosmic catastrophe can deprive us; nothing can alter the fact if for one moment in eternity we have really lived.
Upon That Mountain by Eric Shipton
South Col Expeditions is headed by Sujoy Das who has been trekking and photographing in the Himalayas for the last thirty years.
His notable treks include: Winter ascent of Kala Pattar peak (Everest region) Dec 2003; Everest Base Camp 18,500 feet (2001); Thorung-la pass/Annapurna Circuit 17,746 feet (2000); Annapurna Base Camp 14,300 feet (1999); Gokyo Ri peak Everest region 18,275 feet (1998); Rupkund Lake, Garhwal 16,200 feet (1996); Kangchendzonga Base Camp North and Green Lakes 16,875 feet (1987); Dorji La peak North Sikkim 18,644 feet (1986); crossing of Lhonak-la pass North Sikkim (1987).
He has visited the Annapurna region eight times including two visits to the Base Camp and the entire Annapurna circuit. He has trekked in the Everest region more than ten times including the winter of 2003-04. In the Eastern Himalaya he has trekked the Singalila ridge of Sandakphu and Phalut six times and made four visits to the alp of Dzongri in West Sikkim.
In September 2009 he trekked across seven passes in Ladakh from the monastery of Lamayuru to Padum in Zanskar and again in September 2011 trekked the high left bank of the Spiti river. In April – May 2011 he led a successful trek with twenty one persons to Thyanboche Monastery and upto Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp and again trekked the Gokyo lakes in April 2012.
He is the joint author of Sikkim- A Travellers Guide and Lonely Planet- Nepal for the Indian Traveler. His essays and photographs have been published in books and magazines worldwide. He is currently working on a book on the Nepal Himalaya and organizing treks and photo expeditions. For a view of his photographs of the Himalaya please visit www.sujoydas.com. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org