Soldiers fighting on the frontline in Afghanistan are bidding to play the highest rugby match on Earth when they trek to Everest base camp.
A group of British tourists are among 19 people who died today in a plane crash in Nepal.
Prince Harry has described five wounded soldiers who attempted to climb to the peak of Mount Everest as "extraordinary".
Tributes have poured in for the seven British men who died in a Nepal plane crash today.
Timothy Oakes, 57, died alongside Raymond Eagle, 58, Christopher Davey, 51, Vincent Kelly, 50, Darren Kelly, 45, Stephen Holding, 60, and Benjamin Ogden, 27.
Mr Holding was a member of Bremex Mountaineering and Climbing Club.
Club member Matt Morton described him as someone who always had time for others.
I would just say he was a gentle giant of a man.
He was tall, quietly spoken and just a genuinely nice chap - he was always interested in what other people were doing and always happy to have a chat.
Angie Gaunt, wife of Timothy Oakes, who was one of seven British tourists killed in a plane crash in Nepal today, has described how she first heard news of the crash.
She told ITV Granada that she heard an early report on the radio and "instantly I knew there was a huge possibility they were talking about him.
Timothy's daughter, Joanne Oakes, said her father's motto in life was "just do it" and he always made her see the best in everything.
Mountaineer Timothy Oakes was one of seven British tourists killed in today's plane crash in Nepal.
Earlier today, his wife Angie Gaunt said:
"He was going because he always wanted to see Everest. It was the trip of a lifetime, he had always wanted to do it. If you love the mountains, it is the ultimate."
Bolton Lads & Girls Club has said it is in a state of shock after the death of one of its most prolific and well respected supporters, Vincent Kelly, in the Nepal aircrash.
Kelly, 50, was a long standing supporter, having been a Club member in his youth.
Mr Kelly’s friend of over 25 years, Mark Brocklehurst, who is also a member of Bolton Lads & Girls Club Board said:
"We are devastated to hear the news of the deaths of Vincent and his brother Darren. It is a terrible tragedy that has seen us lose a wonderful powerhouse of a man, leaving us numb.
"There aren’t enough words to describe just how wonderful Vincent was - a dedicated family man with a generous heart of gold who was a perfect role model for all.”
In this picture, Darren Kelly, (on the far right) who was among seven British tourists who have been killed in a plane crash in Nepal, is seen with a group of friends.
The wife of Timothy Oakes, a British mountaineer killed along with 18 others in a plane crash in Nepal, hopes his death doesn't "deter people" from taking adventurous trips.
– Angie Gaunt, wife of Timothy Oakes
"It should never deter people from living out their dreams. He was a mountaineer and he always wanted to go to Everest base camp, not climb it, to go to the base camp, and that's what he was doing.
"He was going because he always wanted to see Everest. It was the trip of a lifetime, he had always wanted to do it. If you love the mountains, it is the ultimate.
"When you live, if you live your life to the full, you take risks. You can go to work in the morning and get run over by a car.
"People have got to live and enjoy what they want to do. That is exactly what Tim would want people to do."
Mountaineer Timothy Oakes was on the trip of a lifetime with an old school friend when he died in a plane crash in Nepal, his tearful wife said.
Angie Gaunt, speaking from the family home in the Cheshire village of Winwick, said her husband worked in education and had one daughter.
"Tim was a mountaineer. He lived life to the full and died doing something he always wanted to do," Mrs Gaunt said.
"He was with a very close friend, a friend he went to school with. He was with a tour company he held in very high esteem."
Prime Minister David Cameron offered his condolences to the families of the seven British tourists killed in a plane crash in Nepal. He said:
"It is an absolutely horrific incident and my thoughts go out to the families concerned. We are doing everything we can to contact the next of kin and the British ambassador is very much on the case"
The law firm that employed Ben Ogden, one of the British tourists killed in a plane crash in Nepal, has paid tribute to the 27-year-old in a statement:
– ALLEN & OVERY STATEMENT
"Everyone at Allen & Overy is deeply shocked and saddened by the news that Ben Ogden was one of 19 people who were tragically killed in a plane crash in Nepal this morning. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.
"As well as being an excellent lawyer, Ben was a very popular member of the firm. Ben had recently qualified and it was clear to everyone that he had an incredibly promising career ahead of him. Ben will be deeply missed by all who knew him."
Responding to news of the fatal plane crash in Nepal, which killed seven British people, Prime Minister David Cameron said: "It is an absolutely horrific incident and obviously I feel for the families concerned.
"We are doing everything we can to inform the next of kin. I know our ambassador in Nepal is on the case and on the spot dealing with it. Obviously we will have to find out exactly what happened.
"It is a deeply, deeply tragic case."