Saturday, 30 May 2015

Trek to Everest Base Camp with me for Nepal.

Since January I have been training for an attempt to reach the summit of the world's sixth highest mountain, Cho Oyu in Tibet, without the use of supplementary oxygen.

Unfortunately in light of the Nepal earthquake and subsequent Avalanche at Everest base camp, which destroyed our camp, all equipment and killed three of our team, the expedition has been put back until 2016, to allow the Sherpas to be with their families and communities and give Henry time to re-establish his equipment and Sherpa team again.

We are all devastated by the loss of Kumar, Pasang Temba and Tenzing, and incredibly grateful for the generosity and support of so many thousands of people in the UK who organised fundraising events and donated to disaster relief efforts, and now the grass roots projects that will be rebuilding lives and communities for years to come.

I was particularly touched by Chesswood school who raised over £7000 for Nepal doing a sponsored walk! Lots of climbing walls have also put on fundraising events, and I am very grateful for the businesses who have contacted me so far to organise talks in return for donations to various projects, I hope we can nail those events down and continue to fundraise even now a lot of media attention has turned elsewhere.

A friend of mine is currently in Nepal filming for the BBC. He text me today to say that they flew over entire villages that had been flattened, and there were vast areas that landslides had destroyed. The monsoon is just around the corner. The fight for these people is not over yet. If there's an event you can put on to raise even a few pounds, it will make a difference to so many. Please do what you can.

Looking forward, I am now planning to walk to Everest Base Camp in March/April 2016 with the aim of pulling together a team of people who want to go on the trek of a lifetime, support Nepal with both their heart and their wallets, and raise money for various grass roots projects.

If you're interested in joining me on this trek, please get in touch: if there's a big enough group, I'll get organising logistics.

So many people have said to me over the years that they'd love to do this trip, so now's your chance!

From there, my plan is to then head to Tibet to attempt Cho Oyu, so you'll be seeing me off on the toughest challenge of my life too. I really hope lots of people get in touch!

The two earthquakes have devastated Nepal, but we can't simply feel sorry for the people affected. We must take action. So whether you stomp to base camp with me next Spring or on another trip in a few years time, please make a promise to yourself that one day in the near future you will visit Nepal. 

Please make that commitment. 

Namaste. Bonita