The British School of Kuwait Gold International Award final expedition to the Annapurna region in Nepal this year was an exciting challenge of determination. A group of thirteen students and staff arrived at Kathmandu International Airport full of enthusiasm and hunger for the adventure ahead. After spending a day in Thamel, Kathmandu, all were given some time to get over jet lag and do some final preparation for the trek.
The next day was spent traveling by bus to Pokhara, an epic 8 hour drive! On arrival to Pokhara, students were instructed to relax that evening in order to prepare themselves mentally for the next six challenging days ahead. Early next morning the small plane flew to Jomsom, high in the Himalayan Mountains so that the students could start their expedition.
‘The view from the plane was fascinating, the Annapurna mountain range looked stunning,’ said Abdulahad Aslam Pervez.
The first three days of the expedition were just a warm-up for the killer day. It was mainly flat and downhill trekking. After setting off earlier than usual, the arduous day four began. An epic 2000 metre ascent!
‘It was by far the hardest day of my life!’ said Zara Baker, a Gold participant at BSK.
But after just a few hours of sleep the students were woken at the crack of dawn for a short walk to a peak called Poon Hill II. Here everyone witnessed one of the best sunrises in the world, watching as the sun cascaded onto the Himalayan peaks.
On the last day, an exhausted yet triumphant group of young adults walked to the finish line and tucked into a massive dinner back in Pokhara. Seeing all those happy faces, listening to the excitement all had faced and the pain everyone went through to achieve this level of the Award was certainly worth it! During dinner praise was given, highlighting how hard the young adults had pushed themselves throughout the expedition.
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