KQF Bound for Everest

February 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm

On 28th February, KQF Managing Director Faruk Vali will begin a five thousand mile journey that will take him from his home town of Blackburn to Everest Base Camp in Khumjung, Nepal. His epic trek will help raise funds for East Lancashire Hospice, a local charity that cares for people with terminal illnesses.

KQF managing director Faruk Vali in mountaineering gear

Faruk Vali in the KQF offices, ready for his fund-raising trip to Mount Everest

Travelling in the company of friends, Rafiq Ahmed, Ilyas Karbhari and Sufyan Dadabhai, Faruk will spend 20 days on the trek, which will see the group making camp at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft). As part of the journey, the four men will take in the frozen lakebed of Gorak Shep which lies at 5,164m and a trip to the nearby peak of Kala Patthar, which, at a height of 5,545m, affords exceptional views of Everest’s summit.

In preparation, the group has been training hard both in the gym and in the mountains of Cumbria – making regular weekend trips to climb the Lakeland peaks in some of Britain’s worst winter weather.

“We’ve become quite familiar with blizzard conditions,” notes Faruk. “In the last few weeks, we’ve done Scafell, Helvellyn and many other summits; we’ve camped in a frozen cave and we’ve even done a winter night-walk, which was fairly challenging. Of course, we haven’t had to contend with the sort of altitudes we’ll experience in Nepal, but we’ve been doing all we can to get ourselves ready. It will be the winter season when we get there and temperatures will be getting as low as -15 degrees Celsius, so we’re certainly taking this seriously.”

The four friends decided to make the trip because it had been a long-held dream and because they felt they needed a new focus after they made a journey to Mecca back in 2012. Everest provides an undoubted challenge and an opportunity to support a charity that performs some very laudable work. The Hospice cares for patients and their families from East Lancashire who are coping with a life-limiting illness. It costs over £3 million a year to run and is funded by private donations.

Those wishing to make a donation can do so by visiting the ‘Just Giving’ website www.justgiving.com/rtmeverest2014.

People can also follow the group’s progress on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RTMEverest2014.

Climbing in deep snow

Training in snow in the Cumbrian Fells

3 climbers on a steep, snowy slope, Dove Crag

Another training scramble – ascending Dove Crag for an overnight stop