Sanjeev Gohil, a visually impaired guy achieves his dream by climbing 17000 ft long Friendship Peak
During his five-day expedition, one of his close friends had attached a sling to Gohil's bag.
Sanjeev Gohil, a 43-year-old man from Vadodra, is visually impaired, but his disability did not stop him from achieving his dream of climbing a mountain. Despite being diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a progressive vision disorder in 2001, he managed to climb Friendship Peak with the help of his mother and friends.
The Friendship Peak is situated in Pir Panjal Range near the Beas Kund region at an elevation of 17352 ft. Budding mountaineers consider a trek to Friendship Peak as perfect. One would experience a beautiful trekking journey as one passes through glorious glaciers, lush green valleys and deep forests.
Gohil managed to reach the summit amid cold winds and freezing temperatures. This wasn't the first time that he climbed a peak, earlier, he has climbed the mountains in Pavagadh, Jambughoda and Chhota Udepur.
His dream was able to turn into reality because of his strong will, and the support from his friends and family. During his five-day expedition, one of his close friends had attached a sling to Gohil's bag. Gohil reportedly said that he followed the sling movements of his shoulders that helped him move and take every step carefully.
Before quitting his job due to low vision, he was a postal assistant at the Department of Posts (India Post). He, later on, began freelancing with different NGOs that helps disabled people find suitable jobs.