Local group heading to Nepal to help build high school
Published Friday, April 6, 2012 5:44PM MDT
A group of people, most of them Albertans, are in the final stages of getting ready for an Everest trek.
The group is sponsored by the Calgary West Rotary club, but their focus isn't to summit the world's largest mountain, but rather to help build a high school in Nepal.
They're two of the 36 members heading to Nepal next week.
Karl Herzog and Holly Milne-Ive are two of the 36 members and they're walking as much as they can to prepare for their trip.
The group range in age from 25 to 65 years old. Their journey through Nepal to Mount Everest will allow them to see how the Nepalese people live.
Members of the team have raised $135,000 for the Sir Edmund Hillary foundation and will be put towards building the only high school in the region.
"Each trekker has been asked to raise a minimum of $2,500," explains Karl Herzog. "They've asked their families and friends and companies and acquaintances and to date we have well over 600 people donating to this school."
The highest point the group will visit is the base camp for Mount Everest that sits at almost 18,000 feet, or close to 5,500 metres, above sea level.
The group departs Calgary on April 11.
For more information on the trek and the group's itinerary visit Rotary Everest Trek 2012