The Hair-raising Landing at Lukla // 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.

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.

The trek to Everest Base Camp begins with the flight from Kathmandu to the Lukla airstrip. Cutting out a week of walking up to Lukla itself, this 40 minute flight has a reputation of being not only one of the world's most scenic - but also one of its most hair-raising, as Nepalese pilots guide the small planes over high ridges and down to Lukla's short landing strip. After the adrenaline of landing at Lukla, the AYCC Climb it for Climate trekkers spent their first two days on the trail, hiking through lush alpine forests and testing their legs on the initial steep hills of the Himalaya. The group quickly arrived at the town of Namche Bazar, at 3448m above sea level. Namche has been a trading post of the Sherpa people for centuries, and the AYCC trekkers have taken advantage of its shelter and facilities to acclimatise to the ever-increasing altitude - and ever-decreasing oxygen supply in each breath. In short time, they will set off again uphill, on their journey past the snowline to Everest Base Camp.

FROM ASSIGNMENT FOR THE AUSTRALIAN YOUTH CLIMATE COALITION, FULL DOCUMENTARY IS AVAILABLE HERE.