A journey of 1,300 kilometres hindered by kneedeep mud, landslides, choking dust and lethal traffic may not seem like the ideal environment to help those affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.
But, incredibly, it proved more than therapeutic for suffering ex-servicemen, who joined physically disabled adventurers on an 11-day expedition into the heart of the Himalayas.
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HELLO!'s publishing director Charlotte Stockting was one of the group and was pitched out of her sidecar, while almost all of the motorbike riders came off at least once. But everyone managed to keep up the relentless pace with unfailing good humour and camaraderie.
“The trip was phenomenal. It really reawoke my sense of adventure,” enthused Sophie Morgan, an experienced disabled traveller.
As for Robert: “I couldn’t be happier how the event worked out,” he tells HELLO!. “The participants have become part of a family.”
He adds that by getting sponsorship for organisations such as Help for Heroes and Combat Stress, they have also “helped a charity that supports their mates”.
Read the full story in this week's HELLO!, issue 1149, and visit globaladventureplus.com for more info.
Photos: John Cantlie & Iain Crockart