OUTDOOR adventure students are on a high after hearing about the latest challenge in their learning journey.

Darlington College students will head out to Nepal for the first time ever in a life-shaping trip to the Himalayas.

They will embark on a five day trek, at heights of up to 3,200m, to Poon Hill for breath-taking views of the 8,091m tall Annapurna, the world’s 10th highest mountain, which is renowned for the difficulty of its ascent.

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The Year 1-3 Level 3 NCFE students will also spend time working in a Nepalese school on a range of environmental projects, as well as helping local children with their studies.

They will leave this spring on a 10 hour flight to Nepal, via Delhi in India. But before then they have another mountain to climb – raising extra funding for the trip.

So far the college has managed to secure enough money to send 15 students on the expedition but 16 have asked to go.

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They are now thinking of ways to raise an extra £4,000, one of which includes a grueling sponsored walk up the Yorkshire Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent, a total ascent of 1,585m.

Darlington College’s head of outdoor leadership Richard Longstaff said: “This is an incredible opportunity, particularly as some of the students are just 16. They are a brilliant group with an amazing attendance record and thoroughly deserve it."