In December, together with teachers and professional leaders, L5, U5 and L6 students experienced a memorable 5 day trip to Minya Konka. The trip is related to The Duke of Edinburgh Award. The overall aim of the trip is to foster team-work and strengthen self-confidence coupled with basic survival skills.
Students travelled from MCC to KangDing by bus. The 7 hour bus trip to KangDing was a delight of wonderous sights and colours.
On arrival, the students checked into the hotel, freshened up and enjoyed a delicious meal. After dinner, the students, together with local Tibetan friends cheerfully engaged in a game of GouZhuang, and Tibetan dance in the KangDing Square.
The entire city is surrounded by 3 impressive mountains. On the second day, the students hiked the back mountain of Kangding County, which is 3100 metres above sea-level.
The students were also treated to a visit to Lamaism Temple where they learnt some history about Tibetan Buddhism.
Students travelled to Grass Dam, which is 3500 metres above sea-level. The remainder of the day was spent setting up tents and preparing dinner for an exciting night ahead of outdoor camping.
Horses, fuel, gas stoves, food, drinks and outdoor first aid boxes were carefully prepared for the mountain hike – an unbelieveable 3850 metres above sea-level.
In addition to this experience being a challenging lesson on out-door survival skills, it was also an irreplaceable memory reflecting the “Malvern Quality’s of Resilience, Collaboration and Risk Taking.