Jayanthi Kuru-Uthumpaala becomes first Sri Lankan to climb the summit of Mount Everest

Jayanthi Kuru-Uthumpaala becomes first Sri Lankan to climb the summit of Mount Everest

Jayanthi Kuru-Uthumpaala becomes first Sri Lankan to climb the summit of Mount Everest

Written by Staff Writer

21 May, 2016 | 11:55 am

Jayanthi departed from Camp 4 at around 9pm the previous evening with her fellow Sri Lankan and climbing partner Johann Peries.

Johann made it to beyond Camp 4 and Jayanthi along with her Sherpa continued to the summit. This was a strenuous overnight trek through the Death Zone of Everest that was lit by the full moon.

The Death Zone is the region above 26,000ft where climbers face many challenges to survive including extremely low temperatures, and there is only about a third of the amount of oxygen as there is at sea level.

37 year old Jayanthi, who is a journalist and a leading women’s rights activist and her Climbing partner Johann is a renowned hair stylist and fashion designer started ascending the Everest and the duo have been training in the Himalayas since early April.

The duo have been training and acclimatizing to these tough conditions for the past two months on Mt Everest, and for many years prior to that on mountains both in Sri Lanka, as well as abroad.

The news was confirmed by the Everest Support Team. Meanwhile, Johann Peiris is currently making his bid to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

It was Japanese national Junko Tabei who entered history books as eh first woman to clime mount Everest in the year 1975. Since then 418 women have achieved this feat. So far 4093 mountain climbers have reached the summit of mount Everest.

Sri Lanka’s Jayanthi Kuruthumpala is the 419th woman to achieve this difficult feat.

Jayanthi and and climbing partner Johann who have now achieved international acclaim are due to return to the Everest base camp by the 23rd. of this month.

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