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After two years of training and fundraising, 18 students set off to Nepal with World Challenge, for what would turn out to be the trip of a lifetime.

Our first destination was Shree Bagehini Secondary School. For three days, students improved conditions in the school: lots of manual labour, plastering, brick laying, and painting, all in
30-degree heat. The effort of all students was impressive and the school was very pleased with the work completed. The challengers also organised a sports day for local children and received a Nepalese cooking lesson.

Afterwards, we headed off on expedition around the Annapurna Circuit, trekking for five days through jungle and steep terrain, staying in local teahouses and camping on the side of mountains.
The trek was strenuous to say the least, with challengers climbing over 3200 stone steps on the first day, walking from 7am until 5pm every day and trying (unsuccessfully) to dodge the millions of
leeches. Taking in the breath-taking views of the Himalayas, we eventually summited our own mountain standing at approximately 3300m.

Two days of rest and relaxation followed, where we immersed ourselves in Nepalese culture, recuperated with lots of Himalayan tea, and visited the Monkey Temple. At Durbar Square, challengers witnessed the destruction that the earthquakes of 2015 caused and the ongoing rebuilding process. I am incredibly proud of all of our challengers and the determination, teamwork and leadership they showed throughout our time away. A special note goes to Hannah and Lucy who were greatly missed.

Miss Tyers, Head of Geography

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