Meet our Everest Base Camp Pioneers: Inderpal Shergill
Inderpal Shergill will be one of the first men to take Imran Khan’s cancer appeal to the base of the tallest mountain on earth. We believe he has what it takes to complete the challenge. Do you?
Meet Inderpal, a 43 year-old, British Indian with a serious addiction for adrenaline filled adventures and challenges that push him to the physical limits. Known to his family, friends and us at IKCA as ‘Indi’, here is a man whose middle name should have been ‘perseverance’. We first met Indi back in 2012, when he drove from Glasgow to Goa to raise funds for cancer care, covering a total of 32 countries all by himself. When Indi isn’t out conquering a mountain somewhere, he’s a back at home in Leicester with his lovely wife and two kids, where he works as an IT Consultant.
Why did you choose to fundraise for IKCA?
I admire IKCA as a charity doing wonderful work in Pakistan. Back when I did my road-trip from the UK to India in aid of cancer care, I visited Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore. I have also done the IKCA 3 Peaks challenge in 2014 and am doing it again this year. I will keep raising money for the charity for as long as I can.
Why did you decide to take part in the Everest Base Camp challenge?
I have done many challenges from journeys through 32 countries to 10K runs and mountain climbs throughout the UK and Asia. This time I want to take the challenge up a notch –as cancer is on the rise and patients suffer so much. This is the least I can do as a human being.
We know you’ve done similar challenges before, can you mention some of these?
Since my Glasgow to Goa challenge, I’ve climbed Mount Kinabalu in Sabah Malaysia –which at (13,435 feet) is the fourth highest peak in Southeast Asia. I’ve also climbed Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis here in the UK as part of IKCA’s 3 Peaks Challenge, and will be doing it again this year. Aside from those I’ve done 10k runs in Glasgow and London in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Can you tell us a thing or two about the most difficult challenge you’ve taken part in so far?
Glasgow to Goa was the most difficult challenge for me so far, not only for geographic issues but also political boundaries. On that journey I survived a deadly attack by Al Qaeda on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. I suffered a broken nose and split upper lip, which later required an operation. I encountered a huge sand storm, which I had to wait out in my car for 8 hours till it passed. I survived two landslides and had to drive through a river because the bridge was broken. And I experienced a rude shock when Indian border guards asked me to remove all flags stuck to my car except for the Indian one, after I had travelled all that distance with the British, Pakistani and Indian flags on my car without problems! But it wasn’t all bad. I slept in people’s homes and attended weddings and funerals and made over 100 friends. You can read more about my journey on my Glasgow to Goa Website.
What advice would you have for anyone thinking about taking part in the Everest Base Camp?
Take this challenge as a small contribution to the life of others, as this is the least we can do. This not only gives you a break from your regular life, but also helps you appreciate your life and the life of your loved ones. It also helps you lead by example to teach good values to your kids. This is so much better than sending whatsapp messages to change the world. Finally this is also your body’s MOT for a long and beautiful life!
What does training for Everest Base Camp involve for you?
I have started working out at the gym and doing long walks. I’m going to do a 10k run. And I’m also taking part in the IKCA 3 Peaks Challenge, which I’m looking forward to completing in July.
Aside from the mountain climbing, road-trips and running, what are your other hobbies?
Reading, Travelling, Music, Making short films and playing Saxophone
If you could have only three things with you on a desert island, what would they be?
My wife and kids.
What is one thing you are most dreading about the challenge?
Saying goodbye to my wife and kids, with a promise to come back safe and sound.
What is one thing you are most looking forward to about the challenge?
Show Indi your support by donating to his fundraising efforts on his JustGiving Page. IKCA has got together a power team of adventurous men and women to take our cancer appeal to the base of Everest. We still have space for a few more challengers. Do you think you have what it takes to join them?
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