In September 2013 a team of 15 intrepid Explorers and Network Scouts from across Hampshire headed out to Nepal for the six week adventure of their lives! Whilst in country they undertook a series of community development projects and personal development challenges. These included:
- A two week community development project in the Khumbu Valley, working with the Himalayan Trust;
- Summitting Island Peak, a 6,189m Himalayan Peak;
- Trekking to Base Camp of the highest mountain in the World, Mount Everest; and
- Watching the sun rise over the summit of Everest from 5,545m.
Before undertaking this epic journey the team completed an 18 month training programme designed to get the team working together and teaching them the necessary mountaineering skills needed.
This blog chronicles that adventure..
Once we had arrived back in Hotel Thamel we had a quick de-brief, being advised to shower and wash our clothes before they rotted off of us, giving us lunch money for us to go our separate ways for lunch. We were then given free-time to go and explore before we had to meet at
We left Khumjung at 9:00am in miserable and cloudy weather for an hour walk to Namche Bazzar. A short walk but still plenty to see in the poor weather. As we dropped over Namche hill we could here the drums from local school doing there morning aerobics, they where all lined up in their
We started the Friday morning from Dingboche to Chukhung with only a 400 meter height gain, so a slow and steady day for us. Arriving at half 11, and all still feeling great after a slow day yesterday in Dingboche. Chukhung was rather small with only a few building and not much around. From Chukhung
Saturday 21st September 2013
On Sunday and Monday we continued painting and varnishing various rooms.
On Tuesday we had a day off so after breakfast we headed for the local monastery. The only Yeti skull in the world was held at this monastery and we paid a small donation to see it. It just looked like the top
On Tuesday all three of our patrols headed down to the Khumjung School for the first time.
After all the leaders had been briefed on the work needing to be done at the school, they then briefed us. Some if not all of us started on painting, some on the outside of one classroom,
Saturday 7th September 2013
The group woke up in Phakding after a good night’s sleep, which made a difference from being hot all night! We had a nice breakfast in a conservatory before leaving for Namche Bazar. We saw the yaks for the first time, the yaks and sherpas head off before us in
Friday 6th September 2013
A 0930 revised flight was booked for today, and for once we even made it to the airport!
After finally checking in and eventually getting through the security, an area not before reached by us, and a hour wait before our flight in the departures lounge, our flight eventually was
The Nepal Team would like to express their thanks to BLOC, Light My Fire and Buff for their continuing support towards the expedition.