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HIMALAYA: The Adventures of Three Gibraltarians who Took on The World’s Highest Mountains

Chris Gomez

‘HIMALAYA’, the story of three retired, middle aged friends from Gibraltar who travelled to the roof of the world in 2018, is now available on Kindle

As many of our readers know, we have featured Mark Randall on several occasions – the Gibraltarian adventurer who walked 6,200 km and cycled 1,300 km on his journey from Gibraltar to Jerusalem in 2016, equipped with a few supplies and his trusty grey sandals.

Mark became the first person in recorded history to make this journey, and even met Pope Francis in Rome.

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Peak Lennin Camp | ©Joe Celecia

In 2018, the retired Royal Gibraltar Regiment Colonel swapped out his sandals for snow boots as he and his close friend and renowned Gibraltarian photographer Stephen Hermida took on the challenge of climbing the perilous “Three Pass Trek” of the Himalayan Mountains.

When asked what spurred him on to take this challenge, Mark simply replied: “The human spirit is driven to conquer mountains; we want to push our limits, we want to know what lies on the other side, and, sometimes, we want to climb mountains just because they’re there…”

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Third High Pass in Kongma La, Mark Randall and Stephen Hermida ©Stephen Hermida

HIMALAYA is a story filled with adventure, friendship, new and exciting cultures, unforgiving environments and altitude sickness during their 24-day trek.

With Mark’s story being cut short by an emergency helicopter evacuation, and then being diagnosed with severe dehydration, pulmonary and cerebral edema (fluid build-up in the lungs and brain) and a mysterious infection.

And now, in 2020, Mark Randall and fellow adventurer Joe Celecia, the first Gibraltarian to climb beyond 7,000 metres of the mighty Himalayan North Coll, have published ‘HIMALAYA’, available on Kindle with proceeds going to charity.

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North Col ©Joe Celecia

The book is a combination of two unmissable adventures that took place in 2018 – Mark and Stephen’s 24-day journey over the three passes of one of the harshest regions of Nepal where things took a turn for the worst, and that of Joe Celecia as he fought the bitter cold, extreme altitude and some bad luck on his journey to become the first Gibraltarian to go beyond 7,000 metres.

The books summary reads:

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Namche Bazaar ©Stephen Hermida

“HIMALAYA is the story of three retired, middle aged friends from Gibraltar who travel to the roof of the world in search of something different – a new challenge. An ambition to test the limits of their passions and see how far they can go – far removed from everyday ordinary existence.”

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Buddhist Monks in Tenboce ©Stephen Hermida

“Walking for 3 weeks as we ascended from the lower Himalayas through a magical land filled with ancient rituals, colourful traditions and warm-hearted people till we reached the base of the highest peak on Earth.”

HIMALAYA is now available to buy on Kindle for £4.69, with all proceeds going to charity.

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