Everest climbing team begins ascent to Base Camp
A group of 25 St. James's Place Partners and employees, as well as a small climbing team, have begun their climb to Everest Base Camp in Kathmandu, Nepal in a bid to raise money for the St. James's Place Foundation.
The team, which has been training tirelessly in preparation for the epic challenge, will have to trek over 120 miles and reach heights of 18,500 feet, through some of the most stunning scenery in the world.
They will be following the route to Base Camp taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing in 1953. It requires careful acclimatisation as they reach higher altitudes and the air begins to thin; Base Camp has only one third of the air that you will find at sea level, so their bodies need to adjust gradually.
Once they reach Everest Base Camp, the trekking team will say goodbye to the climbing team and head south. The climbing team will then continue the route taken by Hillary and Tenzing to the summit of Everest, which stands at 29,028 feet above sea level.
Over £400,000, including company matching has already been raised, with a target of £500,000 before the climbing team reaches the summit.
Visit the Everest 2012 website (opens in new window) to find out more about the Everest challenge and read regular updates from members of the team involved in the climb.
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