An Esk Valley woman was left feeling on top of the world after completing her 17,600ft climb to Mount Everest’s base camp.
Daisy Best’s Himalayan adventure saw her faced with a nerve-jangling plane landing, crossing a glacier and the potential problem of altitude sickness.
But she told the Whitby Gazette it was “a relief” to have made it, raising more than £1,800 for Teesside Hospice too.
“The altitude was absolutely fine, the trick was to go very slowly and drink lots of water – four to five litres a day,” she said.
“We were fortunate as the guide made sure we did all the right things ,” she said.
“We met people at base camp who were climbing Everest itself. All the sherpas were there chanting to wish them luck.”
The journey began with a flight from Nepalese capital Kathmandu to tiny Lukla airport in the Himalayas with its treacherous runway carved into the side of sheer peaks.
Several of the flights prior to Daisy’s had to be cancelled due to the fog, which did nothing to ease her nerves – those planes don’t have the luxury of SatNav.
“I sat right behind the toilet as I had a great view as we landed. As we headed towards the runway I wondered how he was going to get there as the runway was so tiny.
“When we landed everyone started clapping but we hadn’t actually stopped – you could see a wall in front of us.”
Daisy raised £1725.50 from her Just Giving page, plus an £80 contribution from the ladies of Fryup Dales WI which took the tally to more than £1,805.50.