Our 14 day expedition is over and we achieved our objective of trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp and more importantly raise funds for the charity.
Karl Hick commented on the expedition, 'I'm extremely proud, there were various hurdles along the way, including sleeping in freezing temperatures, high altitude sickness, difficult climbs and aching limbs, to name a few. The team's camaraderie aided each other's advancement, and they all exhibited true leadership skills in their own unique ways.'
'We all became vegetarians throughout the walk because we heard that the Nepalese eat meat rarely and the cooking facilities were basic so we avoided meat to stay as healthy as possible. The negative was that we weren't receiving enough nourishment, which meant we were constantly hungry. Sleeping outside in -10c, wearing a hat and gloves isn't something we'll miss, and neither are the cold showers.'
'A particularly heart warming experience that stood out was when two of our team members were struggling from the high altitude and were unable to reach the peak of Kala Phattar when the rest of the team ascended. When the two recovered, some of those who had previously visited the top revisited as guides, ensuring that no one missed out on the experience. According to the Sherpas, this was the first time anyone has gone to the summit twice in ten hours - a true testament to the determination and teamwork, which is essential not just in business, but also in life.'
The Helen Hick Stroke Foundation intends to host more fund-raising events in the future in order to raise much-needed funds for the charity.
You can still make a donation through our Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helenhickstrokeeverest