Our writing competition introduced us to a real explorer in the making. Runner-up Zander shares his experiences of trekking in the Himalayas.

Zander sits amongst the mountains that mesmerised him © Zander Bertonneau

One of the greatest adventures of my life was trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp. Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain in the world, located in the Himalayan mountain range, in Nepal.

I spent 60 hours trekking with a not-so-comfy 12kg backpack. The ‘trail’ was a series of steep steps of which I went up only to go down again. A local I met, called the incline ‘Nepali flat’. There were many steep drop offs, that would make my mom yell, ‘Be careful! That’s a death drop!’. I wanted to look up at the glorious mountain tops, but I had to watch my every step.

I met many people from all over the world on the trek. My sister and I were the youngest trekkers that we saw without a porter. Arriving at base camp, I was surrounded by gargantuan peaks, some have never been touched by human feet. These peaks were right there in front of me. I was amazed that these massive mountains were made by up of tiny parts; rock, dirt, and ice. After 60 hours of some of the hardest hiking I have ever done, I still feel so far away from the peak.

Well done Zander! Now read the rest of our favourite travel tales:

– WINNER: My little but big adventure by Megan Banks, 10

Amazing Antarctica by Alisha Snaith, 11

Adventures in Senegal by Tamzin Ward Kucurs, 13