Knox students trek the Himalaya


Twenty-three students from Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga have experienced a 24 day trip of a lifetime to Nepal, including a few nervous days spent in the cloud-covered Himalaya waiting for a helicopter flight out.

The trip included a community service project at Shree Janasewa Lower Secondary School and a short stay in Kathmandu.

The boys embarked on some of Nepal’s most challenging trekking, including a crossing of Renjo La pass (5360 metres) in sub-zero conditions. Knox is the first Australian school group to cross the pass, with some members of the group suffering from altitude sickness during the trek.

“Whilst being surrounded by the mountains and amazing scenery, I kept remembering the famous quote, ‘life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it’, from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” said Year 10 student Saxon Horn. “This quote related so well to our situation as it was almost impossible to take in everything in such a short amount of time.”

The group almost missed spending Christmas Day with their families in Australia after a heavy blanket of cloud suspended flights from Lukla to Kathmandu for several days at the end of the trek.

“This was a truly life-changing experience, providing the boys with many physical and mental challenges and experiences of the world beyond Knox,” said expedition leader and Knox Head of Geography, Mr Richard Crighton.