Sri Lankans to reach new heights in attempt to scale Mount Everest

Sri Lankans to reach new heights in attempt to scale Mount Everest

Sri Lankans to reach new heights in attempt to scale Mount Everest

Written by Tharushan Fernando

15 May, 2016 | 9:53 pm

Yohan Pieris and Jayanthi Kuruthumpala are making an attempt to touch the roof of the world, capturing the attention of all Sri Lankans.

They will go down in history as the first Sri Lankans to have climbed Mount Everest, when they complete the final leg of the climb.

Mountaineering is an extreme sport and is not for the weak of heart.

Yohan Peiris and Jayanthi Kuruuthumpala have been avid mountaineers for many years, gaining experience in order to achieve their dream of climbing Mount Everest one day.

They left the final camp at around 9, to complete the last leg of the journey, a pilgrimage and achievement.

Yohan Peiris is a hairstylist. His companion on the expedition, Jayanthi Kuruthumpala is an advocate for Women’s rights and Gender equality.

This is not the first expedition the duo have undertaken. They have scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Imja Tse in Nepal previously.

They also attended a training camp for mountaineers hoping to climb Mount Everest.

Mount Everest located between Nepal and Tibet is 8,848 meters or 29,029 feet above sea level. The roof of the world was untouched by humans until Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay ascended, on the 29th of May, 1953. The 63rd anniversary of their expedition falls on May 29.

While more than 4000 people have reached the summit about 250 have died trying to take on the mountain.

No Sri Lankan has ever reached the summit. With their strength, determination, commitment and training, we pray that Yohan Jayanthi will succeed in becoming the first Sri Lankans to plant the national flag on the roof of the world.

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