Our unsurpassed ambassador Wilco van Rooijen and his climbing buddy Cas van de Gevel have done something special again this year. Very special. Unique even. They climbt 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 started with 3 weeks acclimatization weeks on the Mera Peak (6466m, Nepal) and from there they went directly to Kanchenjunga base camp (5100m). With 2 tents, a bivouac and without Sherpa’s they hoped to reach the top.
With this special expedition, Wilco and Cas drew attention and collect 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 in this expedition, just like in 2018. We’ll use the proceeds to make study grants possible for young people without any safety net, so that they can have a bright future. Will you help, just like Wilco and Cas?
Wilco, Cas, top achieved or not, we think you’re cool anyway!