Climbers from The Royal Ghurka Regiment, which are being supported by watchmaker Robert Loomes & Co. on an attempt to climb Mount Everest this month, have reached Everest Base Camp.
WatchPro is closely following progress of the mission, which is raising money for the Mountain Trust and The Gurkha Welfare Trust.
Robert Loomes says he is getting sporadic emails out of Nepal from the Gurkha climbing team and the embedded photographer, Alun Richardson.
“They have battled through a lot of snow in the last couple of weeks so all are feeling super fit and aclimatised. They arrived at Everest Base Camp in time for the 18th, when the camp performed a solemn remembrance for the 16 killed that day last year on the iceflow. Corporal Milan Rai played a lament on the pipes,” Loomes reports.
“This morning they are due to spend their first few hours on the iceflow before returning back to Base Camp this evening. The guys have to be properly cramponned up as this is slippery, nasty stuff,” Loomes continues.
Captain Gale reports that the Robert Loomes British wristwatches are "running perfectly".
“As they have been up in the Himalayas for three weeks now, we are confident they will do just as well at 8848m as they have been doing so far,” Loomes predicts.
Weather-permitting, the team will make their attempt on the summit at the end of May.