Hazel’s Everest quest hits peak as she meets Tenzing son on hike

An Aberdeenshire woman has raised more than £5,000 for charity by climbing to Mount Everest base camp.

Hazel Daniel, of Macduff, completed the expedition in 19 days.

And she had a lucky encounter during the hike, meeting the son of Sherpa Tenzing, the first person to get to the summit of Everest, alongside Edmund Hillary.

Mrs Daniel was part of a team of 29 people battling against the elements to reach the end of the challenge.

The grandmother-of-three has previously climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Machu Picchu in Peru and the Great Wall of China, and has also taken part in fundraisers involving abseiling and parachute jumping.

She prepared for her most recent expedition by climbing several Munros but admitted that Everest was her biggest challenge yet.

She said: “It was far more difficult than I expected. I can’t describe how hard it was. “We were walking constantly for 13 days.

“When we got back to Kathmandu I burst into tears, I was so physically and emotionally exhausted – I have no memory of one of the places we stopped at. However, it was worth it, the whole trip was a fantastic experience.”

All the money raised will go to the charity to help wounded, injured and sick veterans.