Will they accomplish what Hillary and Tenzing achieved in 1953, by climbing Everest, the king of the mountains and bring glory to Sri Lanka?
The duo Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala (a professional mountaineer and women’s advocate) and Johann Peries (professional hair designer and proprietor Cutting Station) will be the first Sri Lankans to join the exclusive list of climbers who have reached the summit of Mt. Everest if their expedition next month is successful. In addition Jayanthi will be the first Sri Lankan woman, to attempt climbing the highest mountain in the world.
However, the duo is facing a shortage of funds for their expedition.
With sponsorship from SriLankan Airlines, Mobitel, Sri Lanka Telecom, SEALs and others, Peiries and Karu-Utumpala have so far collected Rs. 10 million.
However, they require a further Rs. 10 million to meet the Rs. 19 million cost required to fund their expedition with International Mountain Guides (IMG) – a Swiss company who have organised expeditions to the top of the perilous peak over the last 30 years.
According to Peries IMG had extended the cut-off date for payment by three months upon seeing the financial struggle of t Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala (a professional mountaineer and women’s advocate) and Johann Peries (professional hair designer and proprietor Cutting Station)
The expedition will begin in April and is expected to take a month. Peries and Karu-Utumpala have decided to approach Everest from its southern face, through Nepal, for safety reasons and its familiarity to climbers.