A couple from West Kilbride plan to undertake a 20-day trek through the Himalayas to raise funds for a local charity.

Peter and Miriam Hall will travel to Kathmandu in Nepal this November then onto Lukla to begin the arduous journey to Everest Base Camp. The couple are funding the trip from their own resources but hope that other people will support them in their efforts by making a donation to North Ayrshire Foodbanks.

Miriam, who works as a solicitor in Kilmarnock said: “We will be walking from Lukla, via the Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri, Kala Pattar, Cho La Pass and finally to Everest Base Camp itself. It is a gruelling trek which will challenge us both physically and mentally.

“We selected the expedition provider on the basis of its ethical commitments—they pay the Sherpas and guides a proper wage, and they support learning and education initiatives in Nepal. We also aim to be as green as possible and will be carrying a portable solar panel to use for our electrical requirements.”

Husband Peter added: “This will be a huge challenge for us, and we know that a high percentage of people who undertake this trek are forced to drop out because they are unable to acclimatise to the low oxygen levels at such high altitudes. Although we are both experienced hill walkers, we have never undertaken a trek like this before, but we fully intend to give it our best shot.”

The couple will be giving a presentation at the Mobile Cinema in the Ardrossan Church of the Nazarene in August and there will be a special showing of the Everest movie to help raise additional funds. Anyone who would like to show their support by making a donation to North Ayrshire Foodbanks can do so on the couple’s MyDonate page.