Having been a fitness freak for most of my life, as far as fitness was concerned, I thought I had seen it all. But I was wrong. It was neither in the military Special Forces nor in the fighting arena that I finally realized what superhuman fitness really meant. It was in a remote location in the Himalayas, inaccessible to any type of transportation other than the human body.
In villages that have not seen a car, motorcycle or even a bicycle; places so high that, due to a lack of oxygen, you must stop to take a rest every few steps; places so steep, that even bulls and yaks cannot travel there, the mountain porters ascend to the highest peaks carrying more than twice their body weight, occasionally up to 270 pounds (120 kg).
The building of entire villages is relying on their endurance: from nails to heaters, from hummers to generators, everything is carried on their backs. No terrain or harsh weather will stop them from carrying their loads. They work for weeks at a time, from the tropical heat of the valleys to the highest snowy mountain-passes that can only be crossed with ropes.
They are neither big nor muscular; in fact, they are just the opposite. Most of them are quite short and no heavier than 140 pounds (60 or 65 kg). While chatting, smoking, and always smiling, they carry twice their body weight along the steepest slopes of the globe.
They hold the records for fastest climbing to the top of Mount Everest – and many other summits. They hold the record to the highest-altitude marathon, the Everest marathon. Nothing seems impossible for them, nothing seems beyond their abilities. And yet, with all their abilities, there is no hint of arrogance in their manners – just the way a true super human should be.