In February 2022 Team KSD will be trekking to Everest Base Camp in the hope of raising a staggering £76,700 for COCO!
The trek will take the best part of two weeks, where the team will climb to heights of 5,647 metres at the summit of Kala Patthar. From here they will be able to see the top of the tallest mountain on earth!
The team itself is made up of a group of friends from Brighton: Ned, Sharon, Charlie, Joe, Lee, Jess, Steve, Scott, Kevin, Matt, Martin, Lee and Tony. Many are also from the KSD group, a Building Maintenance and Fit Out company. However, for this once-in-a-lifetime expedition, they will be swapping a walk along the beaches of Brighton for the treacherous terrain through the Himalayas.
It’s not the first time the team has taken to extremes to raise money - they've previously raised for COCO by trekking through the Atlas Mountains, as well as conquering the epic Machu Picchu, along with many other challenges!
The journey will challenge the whole team. Their first stop after arriving in Nepal is Mulkot for an early night before the adventure begins! Then, flying from Remechhap over some breath-taking views of snow-capped mountains, the team will arrive in Lukla, where the Sherpa crew and their Ghopkyos (a mixed breed of yak and cow) await. The acclimatisation trek stars here, with views of the Kusum-Kangru crossing at 6,369m. This finishes at the Tok-Tok village where the team will camp for the night.
Day 2 takes the Team to Namche Bazaar (3,440m). The trek consists of the first suspension bridge of the trek, along the trail to Monko, and beneath the peak of Thermasarkhu, then down a meandering river pass. Across another bridge and the team arrive at Namche Bazzar — the Sherpa Capital.
After a day of acclimatisation, the team are off to Deboche (3,800m), through winding trails with exceptional views of Everest. This day involves a tough ascent, but also grants views of Tengboche, one of the most beautiful sites in the Himalayas. The night will be spent in the shadow of the Ama Dablam peak.
Leaving Deboche, the team will follow the long Prayer Manu Wall up towards Shomare. This is where the altitude begins to take its toll as the trek climbs higher above the Imjatse River. Followed by a descent into the Imjatse Valley, the team will spend their night in the village of Dingboche (4,358m).
The next few days take the team towards Thukla, the colourful memorial ground of fluttering prayer flags and monuments, dedicated to climbers who have lost their lives whilst mountaineering. Continuing up to Loboche (4,928m), the team camp for the night before setting off on a climb above the glacier pond and icebergs of the Khumbu Glacier. The team spend their next night at Gorakshep, famous for being Sir Edmund Hillary’s base camp during his expedition to Mt. Everest in the 1950s.
The next day is the big day! The team will commence the finale of their trek to Everest Base Camp! The high altitude and difficult terrain makes the trekking a lot more strenuous, but the celebrations at reaching base camp will make it all worth it!
Before making their descent trek home, the team will also have the choice to do the steep hike to Kala Patthar, where they will be rewarded with breath-taking views of Everest’s peak.
The days that follow will see the team heading back through the mountains and villages to Lukla where they will arrive with tired and weary legs but having completed the expedition of a lifetime!
Bidding farewell to Lukla and the magic of the Himalayas, the team will be so proud of what they’ve achieved. Their huge efforts will also make a tremendous difference to the lives that COCO support.
COCO, Comrades of Children Overseas, is a Newcastle based charity. Our mission is to provide sustainable sources of quality education to children living in poor and marginalised communities in East Africa. We work in partnership with local organisations to develop community owned and run schools, which provide excellent quality education in a sustainable way, to reduce reliance on external support and empower the community to be able to lift themselves out of poverty.
Alongside supporting the development of schools, COCO supports parents and caregivers to increase their income in order to better meet the basic needs of their children, by providing Sustainable Agriculture training and small loans.
It’s not long now till the KSD team depart on their epic journey. If you would like to support the team and COCO, please follow the link below:
We can’t wait to hear all the amazing stories upon their return, good luck to all involved!