The drektrek team posing with Cornish flag with Everest behind, all wearing our poppies with pride

The drektrek team posing with Cornish flag with Everest behind, all wearing our poppies with pride

Today was an early start 7 o’clock for breakfast and then up into the mountains directly behind our Tea House. The weather has been fantastic bright sunshine in clear blue sky with small amounts of cloud clinging to the sides of the highest mountains. Another acclimatisation walk today so we know its going to be high, slow and long ( 5 hrs in total ) but with scenery that is breathtaking (thats if we had any ) and to try and explain would still not give it justice.

The title of this piece will still not explain or cover the next couple hours.
We reached a height that gave us a magnificent view of Everest at this point we all put on our Poppies got out our Cornish flag and a Nepalese flag and had our picture taken. We then walked to the Sherpa village of Khumjung which houses the Hillary school the time was now approaching 11 o’clock. On leaving the village at one of the Sherpa prayer walls we held our own Remembrance Sunday  Service.
Phill said a few words remembering solders that have died in wars and conflicts with special thoughts on the The Gurkers who came from the hills that are surrounding  us. Mike Thompson and Ian then said the short lines ending in “we shall remember”.
A very emotional few moments.
It was then the long walk back to Namche with more spectacular views and the sighting of a Lamerguir.
It down into Namche for coffee and apple pie this afternoon then back to the Tea House for another early night and  an early start.
Steve and the Drek Trek team
“Solemn Silence at the Top of the World”


  1. Jen Pentecost says: November 11, 2012 • 11:18:44

    I shed a tear reading that. A moment none of you will forget. Good luck over the next 6 days on the next stage of your adventure to Base Camp. I’m guessing we probably won’t hear anything from you for a while now. Stay safe trekkers. Lots of love to dad, brother, uncle and cousin. We’re very proud of you all. Xxxxx

  2. Swinge says: November 11, 2012 • 11:50:04

    How lovely is that last blog, so moving, well done lads. Love the photo, that is one to treasure for ever. Take good care all of you, onwards and upwards, good luck, we are all willing you on. Love to you all, but especially to Jim and Tom, Jo x

  3. Jan Pentecost says: November 11, 2012 • 12:12:08

    What a truly wonderful & very moving experience that must have been for you all, very emotional this end. Phil in all the remembrance parades you have taken part in I bet you never could have dreamt you would be wearing your poppy with pride & remembering the fallen in the shadow of the mighty ‘E’ @ around 3446m. CACF will be so proud as we all are. With air getting thinner & colder, take it slow & keep safe one & all. Special love to Phil Rob Steve & Chris xxx

  4. Bríd says: November 11, 2012 • 12:31:39

    hi everyone, what a fabulous experience and so poignant a memory you will have for the rest of your lives – great photo – good to see your smiley faces! keep safe! xx

    mike – I have tried to txt you with no sucess – so fustrating!! my email address is lots of love B xxxxx

  5. David Mahoney says: November 11, 2012 • 12:53:56

    Very Moving – Well Done Everyone

  6. David and Christine STevens says: November 11, 2012 • 13:55:43

    Loved the photo and seeing the Cornish flag and poppies, very moving. The scenery looks truly fabulous and you all look well. Keep safe and KEEP TREKKING!!!

  7. The Males says: November 11, 2012 • 14:22:23

    Well Done to Swinge , Tom and all your fellow Trekkers. Looking forward to hearing all about it. Love Lin and Mick xxx

  8. The Teasys says: November 11, 2012 • 15:16:44

    Hello there
    Read today’s blog & became very thoughtful .
    We were passing through Truro and saw The Parade,it brought back memories of Uncle Philip marching & made us miss you! Keep up the treking we are very proud of you all!

  9. Christine Thompson says: November 11, 2012 • 15:47:00

    An emotional day ,without a doubt. Thinking of you all supporting one another and creating precious memories.Love Christine.

    • Ginny Lean says: November 11, 2012 • 19:33:28

      Hello daddy its me cara,

      I really miss you I really liked the photo of you and the rest of you.Today we went to watch Madagascar 3 in 3d it was really funny and good but I would prefer it if you were there never mind though.Lots of love
      Cara xxxxxx oooooo.


  10. Judith lea says: November 11, 2012 • 17:06:47

    Another amazing moment for you all! We felt so proud to see you all there with the Cornish flag . Love to Phil, Rob, Steve & Chris. We are thinking about you & love the photos and blogs. Judith & Chris x

  11. Martyn Pentecost says: November 11, 2012 • 17:09:17

    That must of been such a wonderfull moment to have shared together. I must say i am so immensly proud my dad ,brother uncle and cousin taking on such an arduous challange and i am sure somewhere looking over you all to day was a very proud Grandad Pentecost. Good luck to you all on the rest of your adventure.

    Lots of love Mart & all
    the familyxxxxxxxx:))

  12. Maxine Milliner says: November 11, 2012 • 17:14:12

    Like everyone else who has commented, an emotional moment in time and a memory that will live with you all forever. We wish you all continued success as you continue your epic adventure and will be sending the love over the next few days as you tackle one of the biggest challenges of your lives. Love the photo xx. Alan it was great to hear your voice this morning, I was truely shocked!!!! Much love to you all – The Milliners at home – ( and Alan, I love you xxxxx)

  13. Anna Angell says: November 11, 2012 • 17:25:34

    Brilliant photo and wonderful blue skies! Congratulations to everyone for getting this far. It’s only going to get better. Praying for you all, special love to Ian, Mike and Will xx

  14. lyn hurle says: November 11, 2012 • 18:03:22

    well done all you trekkers, what a fabulous photo. good luck to you all over the next days, we will be thinking of you , love and best wishes especially for Dan

  15. Jill says: November 11, 2012 • 18:56:02

    Amazing day for you all, thank you for sharing, felt very emotional imagining you carrying out your own Remembrance service , very proud of you all. Brilliant seeing you (Steve and Chris) on facetime today (Beard’s coming on Chris) Ha!. Will be thinking of you over the coming days, take it steady, keep well and safe. Sending love to Steve, Chris, Phil and Rob XXXXX Jill

  16. Ginny Lean says: November 11, 2012 • 19:05:35

    Hi dad its tom,
    Were missing you lots and cant wait to-hear from you again. Today we went to see madagascar 3 it was really funny. Wereally do miss you and hope you do well when you climb the mountin and hop to hear from you soon

  17. Sal swinge says: November 11, 2012 • 19:39:49

    You are all so amazing. Think that was a beautiful thing to do in the midst of your adventure. We are so proud of you. Lots of love from all of us in london, especially team swingewood xxx

  18. the City Inn says: November 11, 2012 • 20:41:04

    Well guys, we are all so proud of all of you! You have done so well so far, yet taken time out to remember what is important – you are all absolutely brilliant! You are talked about every day here. and in a good way!

    Pente, your tab is now in 5 figures – apparently, everyone says this is ok – is it? I’ll keep going until I hear from you, but the connection is really bad!

    I don’t think you all realise how much you are all missed, but, we all think of you, so enjoy yourselves, but come back to us safe and sound!

    Millions of love, your friends at your local xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  19. Glen Durgan says: November 11, 2012 • 22:01:38

    What a great photo!
    Hope all well you all look like you are enjoying yourselves a lot…..
    I will be looking forward to use the detail in my school assembly tomorrow…. It will be far more interesting than usual

  20. Crilly says: November 12, 2012 • 09:28:38

    Just have to say the Remembrance day photo and blog brought a tear to the eye…we are so proud of you all…how wonderful having that service. What memories you are creating. Stay safe all and special love to brother- in- law Swinge and nephew Tom …from all of us in Aus xxxxx

  21. Loren says: November 12, 2012 • 10:33:26

    Hi Guys, How wonderful holding your own service of remembrance 🙂 Amazing and emotional, a memory and experience that will stay with you for life 🙂 what a brilliant photo of you all 🙂 great to see you in your poppies. Well done to all – so proud 🙂 Kiss it was great to hear from you over the weekend it made my day/week 🙂 you put the biggest smile on my face 🙂 Everyone back home sends there love and best wishes. Take it easy and stay safe to all. Kiss thinking of you every day sending big big hugs, lots and lots of love and millions of kisses Loren xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  22. Gill says: November 12, 2012 • 16:17:04

    Not commented before but following with interest and admiration. I was in Truro yesterday at the remembrance, can’t match the view you guys had, what a lovely thing to do.
    Alan I have just sponsored you having been hassled by Max, so you have to do it now!!
    All the best to all of you

  23. Stacey Newson says: November 12, 2012 • 16:39:03

    Now I have a tear in my eye. Well done guys keep it up. I will be following you closely at thinking of you all the way. Take careXXX

  24. Treggy says: November 12, 2012 • 21:08:16

    Evening chaps what a great photograph and what a place to remember the sacrifice of so many.
    Having a pint of Skinners thinking of you boys and wishing you the best with your continuing adventures

  25. Paul Handley says: December 12, 2012 • 16:40:32

    Steve Phil and team I suppose the 3 peaks was a walk in the park for you real mountaineers now!!
    Well done to all I am a shade green with envy.

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