James Hemming, hotel manager of Sherwood Forest-based Clumber Park Hotel and Spa, Nottinghamshire, England, is limbering up for the biggest challenge of this life after announcing his plan to join an expedition to Everest Base Camp.
The 18-day expedition will kick off on October 3 and help raise money for The National Autistic Society, amongst other charities.
“Since running the London Marathon a few years ago, I’ve been looking for another challenging way to raise money for charity,” Hemming said. “When I learned of the trek to Everest Base Camp a few weeks ago, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to raise some money for The National Autistic Society. It’s the ultimate test of endurance and one which, I hope, will help a charity very close to my heart as my son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome earlier this year.”
Hemming, accompanied by a team of eight, will undertake two weeks of arduous walking to reach the foot of Everest and also climb up to the peak of Kallar Pattar – 5,550 meters high.
To make the trek, organized by Leeds-based The Global Promise Foundation, even more noteworthy, the team will also be doing stunts and accepting challenges along the way to generate further donations to their chosen charities.
“Trekking to Everest Base Camp is probably one of the hardest things I’ll ever have to do but I’m determined to succeed as it’s an amazing opportunity to support some very deserving charities,” Hemming added. “I started cycling to work at the start of the year to get fit but something tells me I’m going to be looking at a training program a little bit more strenuous than that if I’m to conquer Everest Base Camp.”