Join the Women for Women International trek to Everest Base Camp

In November 2012 (5th - 20th), Women for Women International will be embarking on the second trek to Everest Base Camp (5,300 meters). This is a really exciting opportunity to join a small group of trekkers for a truly personal and exclusive experience which will raise vital funds for the women we work with in eight war-torn countries.

This magical expedition through the Khumbu Valley and amongst the Himalayan giants will take you to the foot of the highest mountain in the world, known as Goddess Mother of Earth by the local Sherpa community, whose warm hospitality you will experience first hand.

Your fundraising helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives

We ask you to raise £5,000 for Women for Women International and help women affected by war take fundamental steps to overcome the trauma of conflict related violence and rape. With your help, women will be able to join our year-long holistic programme where they will be equipped with the tools and resources necessary to move beyond crisis and poverty and become self-sufficient.

How to register for the November trek:

If you are interested in participating in the Everest trek, please contact Izzy Clark at iclark@womenforwomen.org

Get inspired - Everest trek 2011

thumb-1Check out our gallery of the best photos from the first Women for Women International trek to Everest Base Camp in October 2011, which was joined by 9 supporters who collectively raised over £200,000! Or take a look at our Flickr to see all our favourite photos.

Our all-women team took with them Nepalese prayer flags with visions of peace from our women participants and from our supporters across the world. One special flag was kept at Base Camp and finally taken up to the summit by Valerie Boffy and Becky Bellworthy in May 2012.

Becky Bellworthy – Youngest woman to summit Everest

Becky, 20 is a first year Medical Student in Southhampton. She says “Three years ago I naively set my heart on climbing Everest despite having never climbed a mountain before. From that day I never looked back; why, if I was willing to put my absolute all into this, should I not attempt to make this crazy dream a reality? I trained for almost a year before setting off to the Alps, spending my entire life savings on my first summit. I quickly progressed to the Himalaya where I gained a world record as the youngest person to summit Baruntse aged 18. This aided when finding sponsorship for an attempt on Everest in 2011 that proved unsuccessful." Read the full bio.

Valerie Boffy – Summitted with the Women for Women International flag

Valerie is living in Singapore with her husband Kent and young son. Sports has always been an integral part of Valerie's life, and she was a member of the Junior French National Gymnastic team and Regional volleyball team. In October 2010 she trekked to Everest Base Camp with an all women team, led by Susan Harper Todd and was inspired to try and summit. Read the full bio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media

Here you can read some of the media coverage of the amazing 2011 trek team.

  • Southwark News and South London Press features mum of one, Jessie Allen, who says "I’m climbing Everest for my two-year old daughter to give her a strong female role model she can look up to in these days of footballers’ wives and glamour models."
  • Read Erika Lederman's account 'My crazy dare to climb Everest' here.
  • Read about trekker Nora Russell and her motivations for the trek in the Ham & High. Read article.
  • Harrogate Advertiser features Sue Harper Todd and Jackie Terry-Schumann who talk about their pamper day fundraising event. Jackie says "The work that WfWI does is clearly incredibly important. But I feel particularly moved by its work with women affected by genocide as this resonates with me personally as I’m a descendent of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany."
 
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