A family from Pinner has raised £5,000 for charity by climbing to Everest Base Camp on Saturday, October 28.
Husband and wife Daksha and Jay Hirani, together with their two children, Yuvan, 10, and Shiv, 12, overcame sickness, freezing temperatures and exhaustion to tackle the momentous climb together.
They started their journey at Kathmandu in Nepal, followed by a four-hour jeep ride to Ramechhap, then a flight to Lukla, which has the shortest airstrip in the world, before they began their mountain climb.
Speaking to Pinnernews, Daksha said: “We basked in the warm weather and low altitudes and thoroughly enjoyed the first four days, which we did not consider very challenging. Here, we enjoyed the beautiful scenery and mountain cuisine.”
However, on day five, Daksha’s eldest son Shiv came down with an illness. Shiv spent four days tackling the sickness, stopping regularly due to cramps, before being helped by a nurse at a tea house.
Daksha said: “I must confess, I felt like an irresponsible mother taking him up there, especially when he would say ‘mummy, I can’t do this’. It broke my heart. I felt helpless.”
Shiv recovered on the last five hours of the trek, which Daksha says was the most challenging part of the trip due to extreme altitude, freezing temperatures and exhaustion. The family finally made it to Base Camp on Saturday, October 28.
Daksha said: “Making it to Base Camp was a melting pot of emotions – relief, sheer euphoria, a dream come true and gifted with incredible beauty. I kept reminding the family it was the journey to enjoy and not the destination alone, therefore the memories made over the course of the trip of highs and lows will remain in our hearts and memories forever.
“We pushed physical and mental boundaries in order to experience sheer beauty and to accomplish an incredible challenge.
“What’s next for the boys? Well, this adventure has proved there are no limits!”
The family has raised £5,000 for One Cause, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged people around the world through education. You can donate at shorturl.at/pqNR7