Pupils from an Aberdeen school have taken on the ultimate challenge – reaching Mount Everest base camp.
The group of nine from Albyn School, along with two teachers and a guide set off today for Nepal.
A three-week trip awaits the group of S6 pupils, including trekking for 15 days to the base camp, 5,360 metres above sea level, before pushing on an extra 200m to Kala Patthar, with a clear view of the summit of the world’s highest mountain.
Zibby Brown, the deputy head of the lower school, who will be on the trip, said: “They’re a very happy, driven group of teenagers.
“They’ve been up for doing walks, doing their training.
“There’s been no kicking back and no complaining.”
The trip has been 18 months in the making, with the pupils applying for the chance to go.
Teacher Laura Sinclair, who will also be on the trip, said: “They just ping up mountains, they really do, it must be youthful exuberance.”
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Kieran Rankin, the leader from Outlook Expeditions, who is taking the youngsters on the trip, said: “They’re the fittest group that I’ve ever worked with. Usually it takes a lot longer to get them into shape.”
The pupils themselves said they were “excited” to be going.
Pupil Ella Whyte thought the altitude could create problems.
She said: “We’ve never had to deal with anything like that before, it’ll be completely different.”
Fellow pupil Jamie Riley said completing the climb would “show that if we can actually do this, then we can do anything”.