Walking to Everest Base Camp
On Friday 28 September Mrs Mushat spoke to the Sixth Form about her 12-day trek to Everest Base Camp. We saw a video of her landing at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla, the most dangerous airport in the world. From there, she trekked with Sherpas and Yaks, that carried their supplies. Mrs Mushat was surprised about the impact of tourism with issues like littering being very distressing. She spoke also about the religious aspects of the hike, for example the prayer wheels which you must walk around in an anticlockwise direction and the Puja ceremony, which climbers planning to summit undergo. In this service, people pray, and the monks bless the climbers and their essential equipment and belongings like ice-axes to wish them a safe passage up Everest.
After acclimatising for a couple of days and another long walk, she finally arrived at the Everest Base Camp. The talk was inspirational and even though some of the girls struggled with their gold DofE (a 4-day hike), it certainly sparked interest with others. We admire her ambition, drive and success on this challenging expedition.