Riding Everest team begin trek to Base Camp

A 26-year-old finance worker from London is attempting to become the first disabled person in the world to reach Everest Base Camp on horseback.

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Max Stainton, who suffers from cerebral palsy, set up the Riding Everest project to challenge our perceptions of disabled people and to raise funds for the Riding for the Disabled Association’s (RDA’s) new National Training Centre.

The trek recently began, with the Riding Everest team arriving in Kathmandu on the 28th March. 

They then flew on to Lukla on the 29th, before setting out on their adventure on March 30th. It's thought that the trek will last around 16 days. 

Max’s condition makes it difficult for his body to retain heat and he's unable to walk without assistance, making the trip to the 5km high base camp a challenge.

Instead, Max will be riding on a horse from Nepal. These horses are well adapted to coping with the terrain and conditions seen on the journey to Base Camp.

The rest of the Riding Everest team will be walking alongside Max and his horse on the ground.

The campaign has so far raised over £48,000 for the RDA, with all donations going towards the charity. 

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