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Allan begins his expedition to Mount Everest’s summit

A picture of Allan Meek on his way to Everest - Allan flew from Kathmandu to Lukla on this plane

On his way to Everest – Allan flew from Kathmandu to Lukla on this plane

SCS Group MD Allan Meek has arrived safely in Nepal and is into the first few days of his 60-day expedition to Mount Everest.

A picture of a street in Kathmandu where Allan and his group had a preparation day before flying to Lukla

Kathmandu where Allan and his group had a preparation day before flying to Lukla

Allan flew out to Kathmandu last Wednesday, April 5, where he stayed for two nights, with the Thursday being a preparation day. He bought the last few bits of kit that he needed while he was there and was able to meet his expedition group for the first time.

Flight to Lukla

On Friday, Allan and his group flew in a small plane to Lukla (2,804m) which is where their initial trek began. They walked for four hours to Phakding and then stayed overnight in a tea house.

After a night’s sleep, the group set off on their seven-hour trek to Namche Bazaar, a journey which included lots of bridges and some stunning sights. Namche Bazaar, at 3,441m, is known as the staging point for expeditions to Everest and contains a host of shops, bars and clubs. It also boasts the highest Irish pub in the world. But as he quit alcohol at the start of the year as part of his training regime, Allan opted for a quiet night.

A picture of one of the bridges Allan crossed on the way to Namche Bazaar

Crossing one of the many bridges on the way to Namche Bazaar

Sunday saw Allan and his group staying in Namche Bazaar for a day’s acclimatisation, allowing their bodies to adjust to the new higher altitude before moving on to the next stage of the expedition.

Everest Base Camp

Today, Allan is due to trek to Debuche (3,820m) and we’ll keep you updated as his adventure progresses. After several more treks and acclimatisation days, Allan is due to arrive at Everest Base Camp on Wednesday, April 19. After that there will be much more preparation with even more treks and acclimatisation. The group will prepare for their summit push (weather dependent) between May 6 and May 26.

Allan is part of an expedition organised by a Nepalese company called Ascent Himalayas. He is being sponsored in his quest by SCS Group.

Follow Allan on Twitter using hashtag #FollowAllan.

A picture of Allan on the plane on his way to Lukla

Allan on the plane on his way to Lukla

A picture of Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar