Two Lankans Nearing Everest Summit

Friday, 13 May 2016 - 9:46


Two Sri Lankans hoping to reach the top of the world say they have reached the final phase of their Mount Everest climb and waiting for favorable weather to reach the top of the mountain.

Set to make history for the country, Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala and Johann Peiris will be the first Sri Lankans to attempt the 29,029 feet climb to the summit of Mount Everest.

The two climbers have been training for more than one and half months following a specific set of methods to train their bodies to withstand the extreme cold and the oxygen-thin atmosphere at the high altitude.

The climbers following the guide have trekked to the Camp 1, 2, and 3 from the Base Camp and returned.

"We trek to Camp 1 and come back to the Base Camp, take a half a day rest and trek to Camp 2 and return. We have to follow the cycle. Now we have finished all that," Jayanthi told the BBC Sinhala Service.

The climbers however, expressed hope that as a team they can overcome the challenge.

Over 3,000 people so far have reached the top of the Mount Everest. At the same time 210 people have died while attempting to climb world's highest peak or after reaching the top.

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