Alan Hinkes, right, is joined by Alex Staniforth

Alan Hinkes, right, is joined by Alex Staniforth

A record-breaking British climber joined a man who narrowly escaped an Everest avalanche to raise cash for Nepal with a trip to Wales’s highest mountain.

Alan Hinkes walked up Snowdon in the company of 120 people from across the UK to mark the first anniversary of the Himalayan earthquake.

Hinkes is the only Briton to have climbed all 14 of the world’s 8,000m mountains. He was joined at the summit of Snowdon at the weekend by 20-year-old adventurer Alex Staniforth.

In 2015, during his second attempt to climb Everest, Staniforth narrowly escaped an avalanche triggered by the Nepal earthquake, which tragically killed three of his teammates. Having raised over £34,000 for various causes, he joined Phase Worldwide’s Snowdon walk to raise funds and awareness of the disaster.

Three Nepalese Gurkhas were also part of the group, led by professional mountain leaders who volunteered their time to support the mass fundraiser almost one year since the disaster in Nepal. Walkers came from all walks of life with many making their first ascent of a mountain.

Walk4Nepal raised vital money for Rotherham-based Phase Worldwide’s earthquake appeal. Phase Worldwide is, devoted to improving health, education and livelihood opportunities for the extremely remote and disadvantaged populations in the Nepalese Himalaya.

After the devastating earthquake in Nepal on 25 April 2015, which killed more than 8,000 people, the reconstruction process is still taking place. Many communities still drastically need support to rebuild their lives, as hundreds of thousands of people still remain homeless in temporary shelters.

Phase Worldwide walkers on the summit of Snowdon

Phase Worldwide walkers on the summit of Snowdon

The Snowdon walk raised £15,000 for the appeal.

Alan Hinkes said: “I’m delighted to be able to contribute to the work Phase Worldwide are doing out in Nepal and help re-build the lives of those affected by the earthquake.”

The Walk4Nepal started and finished at the Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis, from where the walkers ascended the mountain via the Miners Track and descended the Llanberis track.

Alex Staniforth said: “Having so many people ascending Snowdon was a show of resilience, fun, generosity, team spirit, effort and emotion, exactly how the Nepalese people should be remembered.

“They are known for having so little and giving so much, and it’s thanks to the huge support from so many walkers, volunteers and sponsors that we were able to raise over £15,000 for Phase Worldwide.”

Donations to the appeal can be made online.

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