The treeline ends before 14,000 ft (4,800m). Many cloud types can reach no more than 19,500 ft (6000m) so on the second week of her expedition, Lili Newland will be looking down to the treeline and will often be beyond the clouds. She will be on foot, not on an airliner.
On 24th October, 16 year old Lili Newland will trek through forests hoping to raise funds for the work of our charity, arriving a a newly constructed bridge high above the Dudh Koshi River, which it spans. She will enjoy fine views of Mt. Amadablam before climbing to 3985m and reaching the village of Pangboche and a visit to the monastery. Thereafter Lili will continue to climb to Shomare, following the Imja River, crossing the river and the old glacial moraines before arriving at the hotel in Dingboche at 4410m.
At the time of writing Lili has raised 49% (in £s) of the number of feet above sea level (16,700) that is Everest Base camp. Please help her to raise the other 51%.
Temperatures during this week’s adventure are predicted to rise to as high as -11 Celsius and drop to as low as -26 Celsius, taking into account wind chill.
The 25th October is a rest and acclimitization day – unsuprising, really, as we in London are at sea level (give or take 100 feet) whilst Lili is 3 miles above us and there is just over half of the oxygen (12%) in the atmosphere that we enjoy (20%). On the plus side, Lili will enjoy views of six of the world’s tallest peaks.
On 26th October, Lili will ascend towards Chorten before descending to Thugla for lunch, after which she will climb to the top of the ridge before descending into the overnight campsite in Lobuche, an isolated and windswept valley.
On 27th October, Lili will reach Everest Base Camp. To do this she will traverse the ridge above Gorakhshep before descending into the village of Gorakhshep. after lunch the trek to Everest Base camp begins, traversing rocky moraines before returning to overnight in Gorakhshep.
On 28th October, Lili will take the steep, left hand trail up to Kalaphattar (5545m and only 10% oxygen). The prize will be fabulous views of Mt. Everest. This trek is tough and will take around three hours. Since the best views are during the morning, an early start is anticipated.
On 29th October the return begins, descending through rhododendron and fir forests to Phunke Tenga, crossing the Dudh Koshi then ascending steeply to Trashinga before traversing to Namche Bazaar.
The 30th October marks the final day of trekking by descending down to Jorsalle. Lili will cross the steel suspension bridge and climb up to the National Park gate at Monjo. The final trek is the steep climb to Lukla and a well-earned celebratory dinner.