Hampshire Scout Expeditions
At the end of August,a team of 11 Explorer Scouts and three leaders from Hampshire Scout Expeditions (HSX), jetted half way across the world to the Himalayas for the six week expedition of their lives. The expedition was the culmination of nearly 18 monthsâ€™ preparation, a process which had included a series of training weekends around the UK and fundraising events, and the excitement amongst the group was at fever pitch was they arrived at Heathrow. Arriving in Kathmandu, having spent the best part of 24 hours travelling, the team settled into their hotel, headed out for some dinner, before grabbing an early night. Feeling refreshed the following morning, the team spent the next three days exploring the city and getting use to the local culture. Early on the morning of the fourth day in Kathmandu the team gathered at reception, eagerly anticipating the flight to Lukla, a small airstrip in the heart of the Khumbu Valley. After a six hour wait at the airport the elements got the better of the group and, rather reluctantly, they headed back to the hotel. This became the norm for the next couple of days as they patiently waited for the weather to improve enough to make the 30 minute flight to the Valley and begin their Himalayan Trek. However, rather than mopping around the hotel, the team was kept busy participating in a number of cultural tours and exploring more of the local area. After spending a week in Kathmandu, the team finally arrived in Lukla to begin the three day trek to Khumjung, a small Sherpa village just above the main Everest trail. The next fortnight was spent working with the local people renovating the local Secondary School, established by the legendary climber Sir Edmund Hilary in 1961. The works included painting and renovating the school buildings, as well as getting to know the children. 26
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