Destination Everest Base Camp for local NHS engagement officer

A Keighley man who works for the NHS will truly be scaling the dizzy heights when he treks to the legendary Everest Base Camp to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Mohammed Sharif, engagement officer for the three local NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs): Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts and his friend Iqbal Singh are taking their passion for walking to a whole new level with this fundraising trip of a lifetime.

Everest trek photo

Sharif and Iqbal, who lives in Bradford and works for Securitas UK, will trek 200km up to Base Camp and back in October. 

They are funding the entire trip themselves, so every penny raised will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care – a charity close to both of their hearts, after seeing the fantastic support they gave to family members who lost their lives to cancer.

Although both seasoned walkers – regularly tackling the Lake District’s 214 fells known as the Wainwrights - Sharif and Iqbal are upping their training over the next few months to meet the high level of fitness and training required.

Sharif said: “We have set ourselves a lifetime challenge to raise as much money as possible for Marie Curie as both of us have been affected by cancer, suffered by our loved ones. Cancer doesn’t just stop when someone dies: it lives on in the hearts of family and friends. 

“This trek is a fantastic opportunity to test us to the limits, doing what we absolutely love, and raise money for the charity which provided our whole families with such kind and caring support.”

The exciting and challenging trek to Everest Base Camp will give the pair the opportunity to take in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Himalayas and set eyes on the world’s highest summit. 

They will fly to Kathmandu then drive 10 hours by jeep to the starting point, Salleri, which is the alternative to flying directly to Lukla. The trek will take them in the footsteps of the early Everest pioneers, when expeditions trekked to Everest Base Camp, before Lukla airport was built.

When they reach Base Camp – they’ll enter the stunning glacial environment of blue ice, and see the Khumbu icefall - the gateway to Everest, and cast their eyes on the world's highest peak.

At the highest point they’ll reach 5,500m in altitude. The challenge is strenuous and graded as extreme due to the length of days trekking at high altitude.                                                                            

Sharif said one of the highlights will be meeting villagers as they trek the route through some breathtakingly beautiful scenery.

To help Sharif raise money for this great cause, you can donate to his fundraising page on Just Giving. Go towww.justgiving.com and search for ‘icky-sharif challenge salleri to ebc’.

  • Pictured are Iqbal, left, and Sharif.