Kala Patthar Expedition 2016

A group of eight 15 to 18 year olds spent 22 days in October and November 2016 walking in the Everest Valley. During the trek they learnt about the region, its people and the environment, as well as spending time on a community project at a school in the region. The group fundraised whilst training for the expedition over the year leading up to the expedition.

The group flew from Kathmandu and begun the trek in Lukla. The Trek passed through Phakding, Monjo, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and finally Gorakshep prior to summiting the Himalayan peak of Kala Patthar in the Everest Valley.

The group at the summit

The challengers summited Kala Patthar (5555m) at 16.57 on Friday 28th October. It was a great achievement for the group of eight young people and the four Shadwell staff members. They battled fatigue and minor illnesses at times in the altitude however were generally fit and healthy.

“It was such an amazing journey being surrounded by the worlds giant mountains and finally the view of Everest itself from Kala Patthar, although physically and mentally draining”

The young people on the challenge had an adventure of a lifetime; most definitely a life changing experience. On return from the expedition they have visited local schools to present the project to other young people.

The Community Project

The group members and Centre staff completed a community project at the primary school in the Himalayan village of Monjo to develop the playground and PE facilities. The children at the school also received school equipment that were brought with the group to enhance learning and clothing to keep warm in the cold mountainous conditions. Making it easier for the Monjo children to focus on their lessons.

The local school children gather in front of the Shadwell adventurers

The team taught lessons in English, Mathematics, Arts and Crafts, Football, Skipping, Team Games and a sports racing challenge.

Thank you.

A massive thank you to all our sponsors and those that donated money towards this successful expedition and to those that helped but did not go on this amazing adventure. We did it for all of you.

Mountain peaks glowing in the sunlight