In the spirit of keeping things moving this year the Gurkha Welfare Trust are encouraging our supporters to join us in setting themselves the challenge of scaling the largest mountain in the world – Beginning 1st May, over 12 weeks, and from their own homes.
They are asking their supporters to scale Everest, by climbing their stairs or walking up local inclines, and achieving the equivalent elevation of 8,848m.
Open to everyone, no matter your age, health or ability, this is a challenge to keep active during these testing times. Those who finish will be posted a victory medal for their efforts.
Everest stands at 8,848m high and overlooks the most beautiful country of all – Nepal. Home to our 500 staff and the thousands of Gurkha veterans and widows we care for, last year the country struggled with the influx of tourists attempting the summit – prompting this picture of queues at the top of the mountain. This year, with the world in lockdown, the mountain is getting a well-earned rest. But that doesn’t mean you get one too!
Like all charities, the GWT have been severely affected by the economic downturn and logistical implications the pandemic has brought. Donations to the Trust have reduced and our staff in Nepal have had to pause projects across the country. Crucially they are still able to deliver vital financial and medical support to our most vulnerable veterans and widows – but they need your support. For 200 years they fought for us, now we fight for them.
We will be with you every step of the way – sharing photos and words of encouragement! See you at the top.
Roughly 1 stair = 20cm.
If you also choose the stairs for your climb, you can use the following method to calculate how many times you will need to get up them: