TWO South Derbyshire men have achieved a lifelong dream by scaling Mount Everest.
Tony Haywood and Alan Hidden braved temperatures as low as -16C as the pair trekked for several days to reach Everest Base Camp.
The pair, who work for Arrow Chemicals, in Moira, were lucky to even reach their destination as Sherpa guides have now cancelled all climbing in and around the area this year in memory of 16 Sherpas who died in an avalanche.
The pair contacted the Mail to ask for a message to be relayed to their friends and family as they started their long journey home.
They said: “Hello everyone from Tony and Alan at Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
We have sent pictures to show that we successfully reached our destination.
“We both have had a lifelong dream to see Everest and now we have been there and achieved it.
“We just wanted to tell all our family and friends know that we are fit safe and well.
“Contrary to the rumour, there is no mobile reception once you leave Katmandu and wifi is also limited.
“Therefore we apologise to those who have tried to get in touch.
“We are looking forward to returning safely home late next week.”
The pair flew from Kathmandu to Lukla to save time and energy before beginning the morning trek to base camp.
From Lukla, the climbers trekked upward to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar following the valley of the Dudh Kosi river.
This took about two days and then the climbers had a day of rest for acclimatisation.
They then trekked another two days to Dingboche before resting for another day for further acclimatisation.
Another two days took them to Everest Base Camp and now the pair are currently working their way back before heading back home.