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.
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.
To donate to Bhavna’s latest fundraising effort, visit: https://www.givewheel.com/fundraising/576/my-challenge-base-camp-everest/