In September, committed ERUK supporter Nathan Liptrot will embark on a 17-day trek to Everest Base Camp and is raising funds for Epilepsy Research UK. Here, Nathan tells is about his reasons for choosing Epilepsy Research UK and the details of his forthcoming challenge;“The idea of the challenge started almost 2 years ago when I saw an advert on Facebook for trekking to Everest Base Camp. As a keen trekker, this looked like a brilliant adventure and certainly one for the bucket list. Whilst this started out as a personal challenge, I soon realised that this gave me a fantastic opportunity to raise funds for charity.Epilepsy is a condition that has affected my wife Kerry for the last 8 years, and it has also had a tragic impact on the family of a good friend. It soon became clear that Epilepsy Research UK was my chosen charity.”Nathan will approach Everest Base Camp from the village of Lukla via the sacred lakes of the Gokyo Valley, visit the magnificent viewpoint Gokyo Ri (altitude 5,350m) and cross the famous Cho La Pass (altitude 5,420m) on the South side of Everest. Upon reaching Everest Base Camp (altitude 5,364m) he will take the opportunity to ascend the famous summit Kala Patthar (altitude 5,643m) from where the views towards Everest and the surrounding peaks are breath-taking. He then returns to Lukla along the resplendent Khumbu Valley.To put this into perspective, Kalla Patthar is over 4 times the altitude of Ben Nevis, over 5 times the altitude of Snowdon and almost 6 times the altitude of Scafell Pike. At this altitude, the oxygen is 50% less than at sea level. Nathan can expect day time temperatures of around 15 degrees Celsius, dropping to around minus 10 degrees Celsius at night. Nathan, and his good friend Simon who is trekking alongside him, are currently training in preparation for what will be a tough, exciting and rewarding challenge of a lifetime.Their fundraising target is £5,643 – that’s £1 for every metre of altitude! You can help support Nathan’s challenge, via his sponsor page here or direct on our website quoting ‘Everest Base Camp sponsor’ in the notes box. Every penny raised goes direct to charity as this expedition is entirely self funded.Our sincere thanks go to Nathan for undertaking such a gruelling challenge in aid of our research. We can’t wait to see those photos and wish them the best of luck with the trek.
June 21st, 2018|