The Journey to Everest // MULTIMEDIA

FEBRUARY 2, 2015: Fifteen young volunteers from The Australian Youth Climate Coalition departed for the Nepalese Himalaya, where they will made a two week journey to the base of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain.

Over two weeks, the group trekked through forests, over ridges and across glaciers to Everest Base Camp, witnessing first hand the devastating effects a changing climate is having on the Himalaya. Accompanying the young climate activists was a guide from the Himalayan Climate Initiative, a sister organisation to AYCC, who will show the young Australians how the landscape and people of the mountains are being affected by a changing climate.

For months before leaving, the trekkers worked hard to raise money from sponsors in their local community to support the action of both AYCC and the Himalayan Climate Initiative. Both organisations work to promote positive action on climate change, and believe in empowering young people to make positive change in the world. Each trekker has been tasked with raising $4000, and each has taken their own approach to gathering the funds. At the same time, the group had to train up to prepare for the rigours of the rugged, high altitude trail to Everest. Reaching heights of over 5000m above sea level, the group were presented with harsh physical challenges on the rugged track to Everest.

This series of videos follows AYCC's volunteers to Nepal and through the Himalaya, tracking their journey as well as exploring the effects of climate change on the world's largest mountains. The trekkers will move on foot through the mountains and hear from the people of the Everest region. As their journey progresses, the videos will also explore the science of climate change in the Himalaya, featuring interviews with some of the world's leading climate researchers who have spent years exploring and studying the world's highest peaks.

In the first part of the series, we meet three of the volunteers making the journey, and see how they prepared for the journey of a lifetime to the rooftop of the world. Mim Dinapoli and Sam Haywood, from Melbourne, and Catroina Tait, from Sydney, have all spent months training and fundraising for the journey. Along with a team of other AYCC volunteers, the group are excited to get their journey underway.