Taking on Everest
Nepalese Gold Award holder Anish Luitel first attempted to climb Mt. Everest in 2015 for the Adventurous Journey section of the Award. Having been set back by an avalanche, Anish had to reattempt the climb the following year.
On 21 May 2016, he finally made it to the summit. His hard work and determination helped him overcome a major personal hurdle and really challenge himself. He had the opportunity to represent The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award at the top of the world by proudly holding our banner on the summit.
“When the earthquake struck I was at Camp II of the Everest region. While I was eating in the dining tent with other members of my expedition team, the tent started moving as if we were floating on water. We ran out of the tent and the next thing I remember was being pulled out of the snow by my Sherpa friends. Luckily, I survived and after two days was airlifted by a helicopter. It was difficult not to become disheartened by this experience; I thought it was the end to my dream of climbing Everest. But when I returned home to continue with my Award sections, my drive to complete the Award motivated me to give Everest another try.
I am proud to say that on 21 May 2016 at 5:27am, I made it to the summit! It was the greatest moment of my life thus far; I was very emotional and cried tears of joy. I gained a really great sense of achievement in myself and it has driven me to carry on my involvement in the Award so that I can continue to see how it impacts other young people from across the word.”
Although I faced a number of challenges while completing the Award, I now view challenges as an opportunity for growth rather than an impediment. I am such a proud holder of the Gold Award. It is wonderful how widespread and accessible the Award has become, and I am grateful to continually be able to contribute to its growth—initially by completing the Award myself, and now as a volunteer at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Nepal."