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Leicester Optician Takes on Epic Everest Climbing Challenge

A Leicester-based optician has completed the gruelling climb to Everest Base Camp to raise funds for local charities.

Bhavna Hughes, made the 5,600-metre ascent to Everest Base Camp in Nepal in May. As her result of her efforts, she raised over £7,000, which will be split between local sight loss charity Vista, and The Bridge Homelessness to Hope, which is based in Leicester.

Leicester Time: Leicester Optician Takes on Epic Everest Climbing Challenge

After flying into picturesque village of Lukla on 11 May, she started the climb with her friend and several other climbers. After a long, tough journey, stopping at several points to acclimatise themselves to the high altitude, they completed the climb in eight days.

“The experience has been absolutely phenomenal – this is something that I have wanted to do for years,” said Ms Hughes, who has been a practicing optician for 40 years.

“Although the climb was so hard, the scenery kept me going and I completed the challenge in eight days.

In order to prepare for the challenge, Bhavna completed three boot camp sessions a week and “lots of long walks and stair climbing.”

A few years back, she climbed Kilimanjaro in Africa, which has an elevation of 5,895 metres.

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