Thirteen members of the Armed Forces Community will head to Nepal later this month where they will summit a Himalayan mountain peak on Remembrance Sunday…

A team of thirteen serving military wounded, injured and sick (WIS) personnel and veterans are preparing for a life-changing expedition in the Himalayas which will form part of their psychological and physical recovery.

The expedition is being led by The Royal British Legion’s Battle Back Centre and Leeds Beckett University who will lead the team on a month long trip through the Himalayas. The expedition will culminate in the summit of Mera Peak on 11 November – which this year marks both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, where they will raise a Legion flag coinciding with the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Many of those selected for the expedition have received support from the Legion’s Battle Back Centre, a leading centre for the recovery and physical and mental wellbeing of both serving WIS and veterans. The Centre provides tailored programmes which use sport and adventurous activities to help with both physical and psychological challenges.

None of the individuals have any previous experience of high altitude mountaineering, but have been put through their paces on regular training sessions throughout the year in the Cairngorms, the Lake District and Snowdonia. During the training, the team have been led by expert mountain leaders on a programme of graduated training, preparing them for the 6,500 metre Mera Peak.