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Family take on Himalayan adventure for Bishop's Stortford's Animal Rescue Charity




A family have completed a five-day trek in the Himalayan foothills in aid of Bishop’s Stortford’s animal shelter.

Colin Pharaoh, 56, and daughters Leanne, 30, and Emma, 26, took on the north Indian adventure to raise money for the Animal Rescue Charity (ARC).

Colin Pharaoh during his family's trek in the Himalayan foothills. Picture by Emma Pharaoh (10432334)
Colin Pharaoh during his family's trek in the Himalayan foothills. Picture by Emma Pharaoh (10432334)

During the expedition, covering 15-20km a day, the trio joined other trekkers to make a party of nine. Their guides led them along the Dalai Lama route, which took them through a largely unvisited region.

Previously, Colin and Leanne have trekked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu and part of the Great Wall of China, raising money for children’s charities, but this time round, Leanne, a vegan, wanted to support an animal-related cause.

Leanne Pharaoh during her family's trek in the Himalayan foothills. Picture by Emma Pharaoh (10432330)
Leanne Pharaoh during her family's trek in the Himalayan foothills. Picture by Emma Pharaoh (10432330)

Leanne and Colin had booked the trek six months ago, but shortly before they left they managed to persuade Emma to join them for the first time.

The new addition said: “We didn’t seem to get on each other’s nerves too much.”

Emma Pharaoh during her family's trek in the Himalayan foothills. Picture by Emma Pharaoh (10432332)
Emma Pharaoh during her family's trek in the Himalayan foothills. Picture by Emma Pharaoh (10432332)

Outside of trekking trips, the family work together. Colin is a director of Golf World Stansted, the golfing attraction near the airport. Leanne, who lives in Rayne, is the manager while Emma, who lives in Sawbridgeworth, looks after its social media.

Emma thoroughly enjoyed her debut trek. “I don’t know if I’d have enjoyed it so much if it hadn’t been warm, but it wasn’t too hot and not too cold,” she said. “I took like four days to take it in, that I was actually there. Like, I’m here and this is real, and it’s not a backdrop.”

The Pharaoh family's trek in the Himalayan foothills. Picture by Emma Pharaoh (10432340)
The Pharaoh family's trek in the Himalayan foothills. Picture by Emma Pharaoh (10432340)

Highlights included trekking to an altitude of 10,000ft (3,050m) above sea level, where they had panoramic views of the snow-capped mountain range in bright sunshine, and a snowball fight in shorts and T-shirts while hiking up a mountain with the temperature in the 70s.

To add to the Pharaohs’ £630 fundraising total, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pharaohfamily



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