Our seven trekkers are currently on their two week adventure to Everest Base Camp. We will be keeping you up to date on the latest developments, hurdles and accomplishments as they take on the toughest challenge of their lives. For more information about why they are doing the trek and the village that we are supporting, please click here.
Travel to Lukla
On Wednesday 12th October, Sean Newman and Clint Nykamp from Fine & Country met with the other five members of their team at Heathrow airport to get their flight to Kathmandu. The generosity of clients, friends and family resulted in the group filling up seven cases of donated items for the village.
A huge thank you goes to the generosity of Qatar Airways who allowed the group to take all the cases on the flight.
The group safely landed in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. From Kathmandu, they needed to fly to Lukla, one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Adverse weather conditions prevented the team from landing at Lukla and they were diverted to another airport to wait for the weather to improve. Spirits remained high and the team eventually made it to Lukla to begin their trek.
The team set off with their spirits high and adrenaline pumping. They climbed 9,000 steps to reach over 10,000 ft, where the altitude starts to have an impact. They had to cross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi (‘Milk River’) which proved to be a tougher challenge than it seems with terrifying heights and strong winds hitting the trekkers from every angle.
Mark found out that heights are not his forte. Find out here what happened on the suspension bridge.
Mark was not the only one to reluctantly cross the bridge; the team are meeting other trekkers throughout their journey. Simon was speaking to one man called Rob who looked even more nervous than Mark.
This Sherpa is carrying an immense load, stopping the team from complaining about their rucksacks.
Taking in the sights; Mount Everest.
Day 1 was very relatively relaxing, but Day 2 is when it gets tougher. The team walked for seven hours to Namche Bazaar along the Dudh Kosi, known as the ‘Milk River’. They endured uneven paths, forests and steep climbs to reach an altitude of 11,000 ft, but the trek will continue to intensify as the days go on.
So far, the only issue the team have encountered is sleep deprivation. Nepal is nearly six hours ahead of the UK so the arduous journey to Lukla, combined with exhausting trekking, is starting to take its toll. The team will soon acclimatise and adjust to the time zone, but the trekking will get harder as the trekking gets easier.
Sean and Clint have recorded some videos to show us how they are getting on. Take a look at the videos here:
The team recorded a fantastic video as they finished Day 2 to recap what they have seen so far and how their fundraising is going. Watch the video here.
The team are moving steadily along their route and being sensibly cautious about the altitude. Day 3 was largely an acclimatisation day. They reached their lodge at 12,000 ft by lunchtime and spent the afternoon climbing up over 13,000 ft to allow their bodies to adjust to the testing and dangerous conditions. The day was five hours of hiking, mostly uphill. They had to frequently stop to allow for yaks and Sherpas to pass. This test is designed to prevent altitude sickness and look for any symptoms.
The guides are being particularly careful with the team to ensure their safety. Paul has recorded a short video of the group doing their altitude training, including a press-up competition at over 13,000 ft.
This allowed the team to take the opportunity to see some of the local culture and sites. They visited the hospital and school that was funded by Sir Edmund Hillary, monasteries and saw the legendary Yeti skull. Take a look at Sean and Clint’s daily video here.
The cold temperatures are starting to reveal themselves as Team Thangpalkot move even higher. They are sleeping in woolly hats and jumpers. Unfortunately, the conditions are only going to get tougher.
Another day accomplished. The team are definitely finding it tougher each day, as a result of the cooling temperatures, thinning oxygen and exhaustion from constant trekking.
They are capturing stunning views and local delights, including natural water springs directly from the mountain and hot mango juice at the end of the day.
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The team are making their way back to Lukla to fly to Kathamandu. They will then spend six hours in a truck going to Thangpalkot1 to visit the village and the families that they are supporting.
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