Students feeling on top of the world

The Northumberland College expedition on the summit of Stok Kangri.
The Northumberland College expedition on the summit of Stok Kangri.
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A GROUP of past and present outdoor education students have reached the summit of the 6,153m Himalayan peak Stok Kangri after a year of planning and a gruelling eight day trek.

The team from Ashington’s Northumberland College were led by outdoor education tutor Carl Halliday.

Carl said: “It was quite emotional on the summit, and I think people were surprised by how much it meant to them to reach the top and were overwhelmed by what they had achieved.

“For me, there was a sense of relief that we had achieved what we had set out to do and that it had clearly been such a worthwhile and powerful experience for all involved.

“We made the final ridge as the sun came up and enjoyed amazing panoramic view of the Himalayas of Tibet, China and Pakistan, including K2 in the distance.

“We made the most of the weather and stayed at the summit for an hour and a half, reflecting on our achievements and taking photos before starting our descent.

“The trek was a great adventure and often humbling experience for all concerned.”