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Exodus leader Valerie Parkinson is our first ever winner of the Hall of Fame Award!

Valerie Parkinson at Donkey Sanctuary in Leh

Earlier this year, we awarded long-time Exodus leader Valerie Parkinson with our first ever Hall of Fame Award - such a class act, we had to put her in a league of her own!

Valerie started working for Exodus 30 years ago in the Indian Himalaya leading treks in  Kashmir and Ladakh. She went on to lead in Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan and Tibet and has accumulated vast knowledge of the greatest mountains on Earth. In 2008 she became the first British woman to climb Manalsu without supplementary oxygen and in 2009 she reached 8,761m, the South Summit of Everest. She continues to lead treks for Exodus and can spends her summers in Ladakh and her springs and autumns in Nepal.

The award won her £500 to go to a charity of her choice. Valerie has chosen the Exodus Himalayan Community Support Projects. Over the last 15 years Exodus has built up a portfolio of its own small scale projects in the Himalaya; Valerie has been instrumental in finding, managing and accounting the projects. 

Valerie’s prize money will be split between the Donkey Sanctuary in Leh, the Ranbirpura Temple, the Hankar Women’s Eco Cafe and Nepal water projects.

 

A Malaysia Airlines (Boeing 777) flight travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur reportedly comes down in Ukraine, close to the Russian border.

Exodus is shocked to see the loss of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine near the Russian border. We understand that our customers due to travel with Malaysia Airlines may well be concerned. We will remain in touch with key aviation authorities and follow any advice that may be issued. In the meantime our sympathies remain with all those affected by this tragedy.

Our Kenya holidays are not affected by the recent incidents in Nairobi.

We are aware of the recent explosion in the Gikomba area of Nairobi, and the current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice for Kenya which highlights a risk to travellers in Indian Ocean coastal regions, parts of Nairobi, around Mombasa and near the Somali border.

None of our trips visit these areas, or any other areas where the FCO advises against travel. Therefore, all of our Kenya itineraries will be going ahead as planned.

We will continue to monitor the FCO advice and liaise with our local partners and local authorities to ensure our customers remain safe at all times.

Meanwhile, our thoughts are with those affected by this terrible atrocity.

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