Base camp bound…marking the first ascent of Mount Everest by Tenzing and Hillary

It’s already been a pretty interesting year on Everest.

We’ve had the apparent attack by Sherpas of Alpinists Ueli Steck, Simone Moro and Jon Griffith as they attempted to climb a difficult route without oxygen. More about this can be read here on UK Climbing and Epic TV

Meanwhile, history was made as the first Saudi woman reached the summit of Everest.

And British mountaineer Kenton Cool, has topped off his 11th summit of Everest by completing the  ‘Everest horseshoe’ – Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,861m) & Lhotse (8,516m) in one climb – the ‘ultimate ‘Three Peaks’ challenge.

Yet, it was only 60 years ago that the first ascent of Mt Everest by Tenzing Norgay and the late Sir Edmund Hillary was made on the 29th of May 1953. More on this HERE  in the Scotsman.

To mark the occasion, I am joining a The Adventure Company on their special Everest Base camp anniversary trek, where we will be taking a detour celebrate their achievement in Tenzing’s home town, the mountain village of Thame, with a sherpa themed dinner and festivities.

We will then head to the village of Khumjung to meet children from the Hillary School, founded by Sir Edmond Hillary in 1961.

I’m hoping to be able to post the occasional blog whilst out there – so much thanks to Power Traveller, who have sent me a solar gorilla and power gorilla chargers to keep my lap top alive.

Also thanks to Osprey for their women’s specific Ariel 55 pack they’ve sent me to test out.

Can’t wait…..

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