A GROUP of year 12 students and three teachers from Droitwich Spa High School headed to India over half-term to complete a gruelling six-day challenge in the Himalayan Mountains.
They visited the Ramjas RK Puram School in New Delhi which has been a partner of Droitwich Spa High’s since 2005.
The intrepid group of 13 students and teachers’ trek began at altitude from the village of Ghuttu (1500m above sea level) and finished at 4,200m at the summit of Tali.
Expedition leader and teacher of science Mike Tibbits, said: “The final day’s climb was extraordinary.
“We started in the cold and dark with the Milky Way galaxy stretched out across the sky.
“When we reached the top, the view of the Kedanarth mountain range stretched out as far as the eye could see east to west, with huge peaks covered majestically in snow and ice.
“It was a once in a lifetime experience that was followed by a 20km hike down to Camp One which the students coped with without complaint, but they were very grateful for an evening relaxing around our final campfire.”
On their return to Delhi, students were kindly hosted by families from the Ramjas school.
The cultural exchange is an important part of the experience for everyone involved and included visits to festival celebrations, markets and even a bowling alley.
Students had the chance to see many sights in Delhi, including the Lotus temple, the Mahatma Gandhi museum and the madness of Chandni Chowk market in Old Delhi, which they got to by rickshaw.
Students also visited Agra to see the Red Fort and the Taj Mahal, one of the real wonders of the world.
The experiences shared and the friendships developed between Droitwich Spa High School and Ramjas are the real highlight of the trip and make all of the time that goes into maintaining the international partnership worthwhile.
Droitwich students look forward to welcoming Ramjas students and staff to Droitwich at some point in the next year.