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Mandy Moore shared photos from Mount Everest ‘viewing trek’ amid overcrowding and deaths

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Mandy Moore shared photos from her Mount Everest “viewing trek” amid overcrowding and record deaths at the mountain’s “death zone.”

The “This Is Us Star” teamed up with clothing brand Eddie Bauer for a trekking trip to Mount Everest‘s base camp as part of their “Why I Hike” campaign. She’s also working with The Juniper Fund through Eddie Bauer guide Melissa Reid, the organization’s co-founder who has summited and guided the base camp trek multiple times.

Since embarking days ago, Moore has documented her trip on Instagram. On Tuesday, she shared a photo of herself at Lhotse, Amadablam and wrote: “This trip has only just started but my soul is already forever changed. The power and energy contained in these mountains is humbling, to say the least.”

The following day, Moore posted additional images and shared a lengthy message about her “Everest viewing trek.”

“Once we arrived in Kathmandu and had our de-brief about what the next 10 days of our life we’re going to look like, it became abundantly clear that this experience was going to be one of physical discomfort, personal challenge AND fundamental spiritual growth,” she said. “Sign me up. We also decided as a group to refer to our trip as an Everest viewing trek in case our plans deviated from the original goal of making it to base camp, placing greater importance on the journey and not the destination.”

The actress went on to say that being there was fulfilling a “bucket list dream.”

“Being gently placed in this middle of this extraordinary country of Nepal and bearing witness to the customs and culture of the Sherpa people has been spellbinding,” she said.

Moore, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2018, added that she and her group were preparing “our bodies and breath for the travels ahead. Not sure what awaits us on the road today but this group is in it all together”

The actress’ Everest trip is taking place amid an increasing death toll at Mount Everest. A record number of 10 people are dead or presumed dead following reports of severe overcrowding at the mountain’s “death zone.” The area is 26,000 feet above sea level where oxygen is so limited that the body’s cells start to die. Throughout the year, there are only a select number of days where conditions are sufficient for climbers to summit Everest.

Read more: At least 10 people have died on Everest as the mountain continues to overcrowd, taking the total death toll this week higher than all of last year

Moore addressed the difference between her trip and that of the summit climbers in a post shared on Instagram on Thursday.

She wrote: “If all goes well, we will have completed what is only 1/6 of the entire trip for someone who actually climbs (8 weeks total). We stand in awe of the fortitude and training and superhuman strength it takes to attempt a feat like Everest and are deeply honored just to be here and feel the Khumbu vibes.”

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