Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
3 August 2013

Royal Engineer completes Nepal trek for SSAFA

Doc McKerr has completed a walk of 1480 kilometers, solo and unsupported, along The Great Himalaya Trail to raise money for SSAFA.

Royal Engineer completes Nepal trek for SSAFA

Royal Engineer, Doc McKerr has completed a Nepal trek of 1650 kilometers, solo and unsupported and in just 75 days, to raise money for SSAFA.

His trek took him from east to west Nepal, through the Upper and Lower Great Himalaya Trail, where he experienced some of the most remote and breath taking landscapes in the world. His incredible journey begun on 1 April and completed on 14 June, during which time he lost 16 kilograms in weight.

So far he has raised just over £8000. He aims to raise over £10,000.00 and is getting ever closer to his target by the day.

When asked why he made SSAFA one of his chosen charities, Doc explained “It's one of very few charities that supports all three services and their families, both during their time in the military, and afterwards. The idea of the money raised going to help people of all ages and from different military backgrounds was really appealing. “

Very few people have walked the entire length of the mountain range in the last few decades. The Great Himalaya Trail itself was not formally established until 2009.

Doc joined the British Army in May 2006 and commissioned into the Royal Engineers in April 2007. He completed two operational tours in Afghanistan in 2008 and 2012 and it was during his second deployment that that the idea of completing the Great Himalaya Trail on his own started to develop. 

Doc explains, “I had already experienced parts of the Great Himalaya Trail in the Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh regions and in the district of Humla, so I already had a good idea of how challenging and unforgiving the terrain would be throughout my trek.

“I had all kinds of extreme weather conditions along the trek, so you can say it was at times a quite harsh experience. But so incredibly rewarding.”

The money raised by Doc's challenge will be split equally between SSAFA and the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

Visit Doc's challenge fundraising page to find out more about his trek - and help him reach his fundraising target in support of SSAFA.