Nepal

Scaling Summits: Soldiers Return Home After Mammoth Himalayan Trek

Personnel from the Royal Armoured Corps scaled the 6476-metre summit of Mera Peak.

Eighteen months were spent organising the trek (Picture: MOD).

A team of soldiers has returned home to Dorset after successfully scaling the summit of the highest trekking peak in Nepal.

The 10 from the Royal Armoured Corps trekked through the remote Hinchu valley to climb Meera Peak in the Himalayas.

The team, based at the Armour Centre at Bovington Camp, was following in the footsteps of Lieutenant Colonel James Owen Merion Roberts, the first person to ascend the peak in 1953.

The exercise was designed to challenge the two military instructors and eight complete novices and test the soldiers’ communications, teamwork and resilience.

The team was following in the footsteps of Lieutenant Colonel James Owen Merion Roberts (Picture: MOD).

Team leader, Captain Sean Mackey, spent 18 months organising the expedition:

“Lieutenant Colonel Roberts, ‘the Grandfather of trekking in Nepal’, is a little bit of a legend so it was cool to do something that he achieved first".

Attempting an expedition of this nature for the first time, was Sergeant Jimmy Garsrud: “I did not have much experience before I started on this journey, but the further I got into the trek, the more I enjoyed it.

"I now want to pursue it further, ultimately go on more expeditions and my goal is eventually to run my own as the expedition leader”.