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Mount Everest – the ultimate summit

At an incredible 8,848m, (29,035ft) Mount Everest is the tallest of the Nepalese Himalayan giants. First scaled in 1953, the world’s most revered mountain has drawn climbers from all corners of the globe to tackle its summit. Whilst over 5,000 climbers have made it from Everest Base Camp to the top, some 250 have sadly lost their lives, with the biggest loss occurring last year when 16 Sherpa’s lost their lives in the Icefall of 2014. This catastrophe has created a catalyst for change. Today, 62 years since the first ascent, the Nepali Government have chosen to adapt the route to the infamous summit in favour of a safer (and slightly harder!) climb.

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Whilst there are many risks associated with any expedition, the unpredictability of the remote regions of Mount Everest create a threat for even the most experienced mountaineer. The adapted route will avoid the Khumbu Icefall, an area that poses a high avalanche threat in favour of a tougher but safer route to Camp 1, the first Camp after Base Camp. This route is however not ‘new’ it was in fact part of the original route to the summit, changed in the 90’s to create a shorter and easier climb.Everest Dude





















The avalanche risk here has proven fatal to over 40 climbers, many are from the local Sherpa community, it is the need for a safer work environment that has been the catalyst for change and the reason the new route will be implemented in time for the 2015 Spring Season. Here’s hoping that it improves both the conditions for the Sherpa community and climbers alike on the route to the ultimate summit.

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For the full BBC article please read: Safety fears prompt change to Everest climbing route

Everest Base Camp…If you like the idea of tackling Everest but don’t feel quite up to an 8,848m mission you should definitely consider the Everest Base Camp trek. Offering panoramic views, the magic of fluttering prayer flags and the real sense of achievement associated with any expedition in this majestic region, without the extreme environmental factors that frequent the summit. This trek is a stunning introduction to the Himalayas, incredible Sherpa hospitality and the wonderful madness that is Kathmandu.

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Sources:  Navin Singh Khadka: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31509212

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Charity Challenge Operations Manager Jo experiences India for the first time on our secluded ‘Dalai Lama Himalayan Trek’ challenge!

As the Operations Manager for India and Asia at Charity Challenge, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to venture into the Himalayas on trails only trodden by Charity Challenge trekkers and the local Tibetan Community. Being the Operations Manager of the Dalai Lama Himalayan Trek, I know that the Himalayas are a very sought after trekking destination, especially with the spiritual element of a visit to the home of the Dalai Lama. This popularity can sometimes make the Himalayas appear to be a crowded place, but many of our participants come back from the challenge and write to me saying how quiet and exclusive their trek was, and how much more they loved it for this reason! So I decided to head out to India and experience the tranquility for myself.

Those that don’t know much about India, apart from the overwhelming crowds of people, not to mention the usual clichés of, crazy roads  jam-packed with vehicles, tuc tucs, cows and dogs walking along the roads and pavements, and the sheer extremes of poverty and riches, may be surprised when I tell you that I felt free from the hustle and bustle of London and enveloped in the peace and tranquility of India!

I trekked our most exclusive and secluded challenge, the “Dalai Lama Himalayan Trek”, and whilst trekking in the shadows of the world’s highest peak I found myself stopping and listening to the silence and taking in the awe-inspiring scenery of alpine forests, beautiful meadows back-dropped with snow capped mountains, and small Tibetan villages hidden in the rolling hills.

If you are new to the life of Tibet and the movement into India following the Dalai Lama then you will find this challenge as fascinating as I did, as you start in Dharamsala with a ‘clockwise’ walk around the Dalai Lama’s Temple. You will learn about Tibetan Buddhism and the issues it faces today, and see how Tibet is preserved in India through the practicing of traditional Tibetan arts and crafts at the Norbulinka Institute.

I will have to apologise to you now, as after just a few days I have learnt so much and realised how little I knew about India, and I won’t feasibly be able to share with you all the amazing experiences and revelations I’ve had so far! However, I can say with certainty that if you want a challenge where you will trek the mountains with tribal Tibetan nomads and their goats, learn all about why cows are head of the household, be greeted by the friendly faces and smiles of the Tibetan/Indian people and see how you can help Charity Challenge give back to the communities of this area, then you should definitely check out our September and November 2013 departure dates for our Dalai Lama Himalayan Trek. Click here for all the info!

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Jo Warren