I am one of the fortunate one to represent Queen’s Gurkha Signals (QG SIGNALS) in 13 Signal Regiment. It is a recently formed, Cyber and Electro Magnetic Activities (CEMA) effect group, and delivers specialist Information Communication System support and cyber capability through the Army CyISOC.
13 personnel embarked on a once in a lifetime opportunity to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. At 5895m it is the highest mountain in Africa.
The expedition was organised by Staff Sergeant Rukman Limbu Foreman of Signals (Ex QG SIGNALS. Over the course of 13 days, expedition members were pushed beyond their limits which tested their resilience.
Growing camaraderie among expedition members, porters and guides turned the toughest terrains into shared challenges, and “Pole-Pole” (Swahili for “slowly-slowly) became our mantra. After crossing four different vegetation zones starting from rainforest, moorland, alpine desert, and finally arctic ice, as sun raised through the horizon, on early morning of the sixth day we finally summited Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa, as the sun. The view was breath-taking, literally because of the altitude and because of the experiences shared on the journey, both good and bad. After reaching the summit it became easier as we descended towards a more oxygen rich atmosphere and our strides started getting bigger. It took a further two days to reach our hotel. The last day of the expedition was spent at a natural hot-spring pool relaxing and contemplating our recent achievements on the expedition.
One of the most impactful events was our visit to the Masandaka Lions Deaf Centre, a specialist school for children with hearing and visual impairment. Witnessing the determination and enthusiasm of the local children was truly humbling. The gifts we provided as support for them felt like a drop in the ocean for their needs, but it marked a connection that transcended language barriers.
The expedition was more than just a climb; it was about resilience, personal growth and a celebration of unity across cultures (Nepalese, British and Tanzanian). The journey may have ended, but its impact would remain forever, a cherished chapter.
By Sergeant Mahesh Tamang, 13 Signal Regiment