St Andrew's reaches Everest

An incredible 3 week challenge to the Everest Base Camp and beyond with a brilliant group of staff and students. We talk about physical challenges so much but the development of mental toughness is so undervalued and yet so important. The journey to Everest Base Camp provides just that. Nepal and its people are spectacular. It is a country of contrasts. It has one of the most polluted cities in the world in Kathmandu and some of the most awe-inspiring nature in the Himalayas.

It has some of the poorest people heating their homes with yak dung and some of the richest tourists. Experiencing the Himalayas fully is a monumental challenge. You can always find something that is right at the limit of what you think you can achieve - a harder hike, a longer trek, a taller mountain. We saw countless people have to turn around or get heli’d out due to altitude sickness during our trek.

Travel for me is about leaving your comfort zone behind and in Nepal you don’t need to go far to step beyond the edge of where your limits once stood, just beyond the reach of what you thought was possible for you. Thank you Mr Piper and Mrs Cooksley together with a very special group of students Spud, Billy, Sam, Lachlan, Jack, Alex, Amelia, Zali and Sarah. So grateful! 

Needless to say, I’ll be back, because who doesn’t want to push their limits a few feet longer and a few feet higher.