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Ode to Mallory
Snapped from Rishi Bridge. Mudum khola on the right and Rishi khola on the left unite and continue as Rishikhola that flows downstream to join Tista River.
Khola = Small stream.
The site is 15 KMs. from Pedong, which is a cool Himalayan village on the ancient Silk-route. Pedong is encircled half the boundary by these rivers.

George Leigh Mallory, the charismatic hero in the history of Everest expedition, walked across this Rishi River in 1921, 1922 and 1924, in the three consecutive 1st, 2nd and 3rd expedition to Everest. As Nepal did not extend their co-operation to the British at that time, the expedition marched through this route to enter Tibet via Sikkim. Might the concrete Rishi Bridge be non existent at that time, he had traversed the stream over a log with his team, from Bengal at the right to Rongli of Sikkim at the left.

As described by Sir Francis Younghusband in his The Epic of Mount Everest, Mallory’s walk across this river in the last week of March in 1924 was a one way ticket to Himalayas, because he was last seen on the Everest at 27 thousand feet at 12.50 PM on 8th June 1924. Mallory and his friend Andrew Irvine in their final assault were lost in an enigma.

If the oxygen apparatus had worked properly on that morning his name would have engraved as the 1st …………………..and the history would have a different script.
Nick named as “Mallory”, the Cambridge lecturer with the personality of a boy in a manly physic is the beloved most popular hero in Everest.

Me, standing with my digicam in hand, experienced a deep emotion and a feeling for this great lofty personality, who steadily walked his last steps with his expedition team here - yes here, across this rustling mountain stream.

’Lofty designs must end in like effects,
Loftily lying,
Leave them – still loftier than the world suspects,
Living and dying.’

May his soul rest in peace.

Dr. J.

Epilogue
After 75 years in 1999 the Mallory-Irvine research expedition team found out him just below the yellow band of Everest at 26 thousand feet height.

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  • Copyright: DrJ Bhunia (bhuniatrekearth) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 145 N: 206] (764)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-10-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2007-07-04 1:09
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