The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme educates future leaders at the University of Waikato within the values of New Zealand’s greatest adventurer, Sir Edmund Hillary. We are all inspired by the view that “Together, we believe the impossible is a summit to be conquered”. The Step Higher award gives selected University of Waikato Sir Edmund Hillary scholars the chance to go to Nepal to see some of the work Sir Ed did in the Nepalese communities, undertake humanitarian work with schools and villages, and brave the elements of an enduring trek through the Khumbu Valley in Nepal. This blog follows the footsteps of our Hillary scholars and their day-to-day experiences as they negotiate the rocky heights of the Everest Region. This trip is sponsored by the Compass Group.
It's day two of our trek and we are feeling good. We left Phakding bright and early after a much needed sleep and set off to Monjo. It was a moderately easy day of what Manos, our guide, calls 'Nepalese flat', which is really fluctuating hills. Manos tells us that the Nepalise call anything under 6000 metres above sea level a hill!!