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Wilco en Cas climbing 4 Smiling Faces

Our unsurpassed ambassador Wilco van Rooijen and his climbint buddy Cas van de Gevel are going to do something special again this year. Very special. Unique even. They will climb the world’s third-highest mountain, the Kanchenjunga ( 8586 meters, Sikkim, Nepal) as ‘cleanly’ as possible. 

In 2018, Wilco and Cas made a first attempt to conquer this Himalayan giant. They didn’t make it all the way to the top. This year they are going for a rematch.

Climbing a 8000+ mountain is always a very special achievement, but Wilco and Cas do it completely differently than other mountaineers. As always, they won’t use additional artificial oxygen. Their expedition starts with 3 weeks acclimatization weeks on the Mera Peak (6466m, Nepal) and from there they will go directly to Kanchenjunga base camp (5100m). With 2 tents, a bivac and without Sherpa’s they will hopefully reach the top. 

If they succeed, Wilco and Cas will become the first Dutchies on the top of the Kanchenjunga, but that is not the most important thing for them. With this special expedition, Wilco and Cas are requesting attention and raising money for three beautiful, sustainable goals, of which 4 Smiling Faces is one. 🙏🏽

We are very honoured that Wilco and Cas are thinking of us – and especially of the children in Nepal – again with this expedition, just like in 2018. We want to use the proceeds to give least three young people without any safety net a scholarship so that they can have a bright future. For this we need at least € 5,000. Any contribution to achieve this goal is most welcome. Just like Wilco and Cas, please help!

Wilco, Cas, we wish you every success with your amazing adventure. We will follow you!