Manaslu Himalayas 2015MANASLU EXPEDITION: Hugo's 2015 attempt to exceed 8,000m for charity

It is time to rise again. From late August to mid October I will be attempting to climb the 8,163 metre (nearly 27,000 feet) Himalayan summit, Manaslu. At number 8 in height in the world, it will require the expenditure of huge reserves of energy to succeed. Reserves which, at 62, I may or may not have... As this is likely to be my last opportunity to reach such altitudes, however, I have a determination to succeed that I hope will outweigh the physical infirmities my closest friends so delight in pointing out.

We will make several climbs from base camp, acclimatising as we go, increasing our altitude each time and spending a night or two progressively higher through the four camps above base camp (in the photo on the right from my last climb I am pictured on the left). As on Cho Oyu five years ago, had we not been beaten back by avalanches, we will be using oxygen on summit day.

Himalayas Children 2015Future for Nepal

Reaching the summit is only one aim of this trip. An equally important part for me is raising more funds for the charity I, and many of you, have supported through my previous climbs. The generosity of previous giving for my trips to Baruntse and Cho Oyu has secured education for Bipin and Ranjana, two children from rural families in Nepal, who would not otherwise have received it, and helped set up a drop-in day centre in Kathmandu for homeless street kids.

Bipin and Ranjana (pictured) were ten when they started boarding school in Kathmandu. At seventeen, they have achieved much through their own efforts, commitment and hard work. As with so many Nepalese, however, they have not fared so well from the earthquakes of May this year. Although neither was injured, not only were their homes destroyed - not only, even, the village in which they once stood - but also the entire hill on which that village stood, is no more.

Future For Nepal, the British charity which supports these Nepalese children, and for which I have raised funds before, was set up in 2004 by gap year student, Thomas Wells, to give disadvantaged children in Nepal a better start in life. Its aims are not only to provide children with a good education, but to do so in a safe environment where all their needs are provided for. Check out their website: www.futurefornepal.co.uk

All donations go direct to Future For Nepal. The easiest way of giving is on the website www.justgiving.com/Hugo-Hunt2

Alternatively, you can send a cheque payable to ‘Future For Nepal’ to me, at Fitzhugh Gates. In this case, please also complete a Gift Aid declaration, (download the form here) if you are a UK tax payer, to enable Future For Nepal to receive an additional £25 for every £100 donated (the Justgiving website makes provision for gift-aiding your donation).

So, put me under pressure: give what you can, please, so that I feel obliged to reward your confidence, and so that these children’s futures are secured to the end of their education, and other children may have a future.

Having said that, please do not feel any obligation to donate. If you wish to, I shall be eternally grateful, but I completely understand if it is not appropriate for you to do so, and I would ask only that you wish me luck and, perhaps, track our progress on http://altitudejunkies.com/dispatchmanaslu15.html

Very many thanks.

Hugo Hunt


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