The Summit of Everest
Exodus are delighted to announce that Valerie Parkinson (Exodus' Nepal Base Manager) is going to be attempting to summit Everest in May 2009 to commemorate her 50th birthday. Valerie will be using her Everest attempt to raise money for the Exodus Himalaya Social and Education and Himalaya Enviroment Projects.
During October 2008 Valerie reached the true summit of Manaslu (the 8th highest mountain in the world) 26,781ft (8163m). See our news page for more details of Valerie's achievement.
As if this wasn’t enough, Valerie will follow that up by leading two of our more challenging treks in the Himalaya: the ‘Ladakh: Stok Kangri Climb’ (TGP) in the summer and the ‘Lhakpa Ri Ascent’ (TCL) in September.
Valerie will not be the first member of the Exodus trekking team to summit Everest. Last spring Kaji Sherpa, one of our trekking guides, successfully reached the top for the second time becoming one of the few people in the world to have summited Everest from both the north and the south. Kaji has been working for us in Nepal as a trekking guide for more than 10 years now. A keen mountain biker, Kaji keeps fit off-season by cycling round the foothills of Kathmandu. In the autumn trekking season he is usually found guiding our Mera Peak treks. He summited Everest from the north in 2007 with a Japanese team and in 2008 he summited from the south working with the first Nepali women’s Everest expedition.
Valerie has now started her expedition (April 2009) and has a news page which we will update as she makes her attempt with her team.