Johann’s second attempt to summit Mt. Everest | Sunday Observer

Johann’s second attempt to summit Mt. Everest

Johann Peries with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala at the campaign launch (Pic Saman Sri Wedage).
Johann Peries with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala at the campaign launch (Pic Saman Sri Wedage).

Johann Peries is gearing up for his second attempt to scale Mount Everest. This time round, every Sri Lankan can ‘Climb Everest with Johann’. Every Sri Lankan can sponsor each step that Johann takes on the mountain for Rs. 100 and be a part of this exhilarating climb to the summit. An Everest expedition requires a large financial commitment and every step sponsored by you will go towards financing the expedition and covering all the associated costs. The total cost of the expedition amounts to USD 58,600 and is to be attempted in April 2018. Having been in training since December 2016, Johann is technically equipped to undertake this expedition. His new expedition campaign was launched last week in the presence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

He is no stranger to this act of courage. Johann Peries and Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala were the first Sri Lankans to attempt to summit the peak of 8,848m above sea level in April 2016. Although Jayanthi became the first Sri Lankan to scale the summit of Mt Everest, Johann managed to reach a height of 8,400m, a mere 448m short of reaching the summit, before technical difficulties forced him to descend.

Johann will be part of a larger team led by International Mountain Guides (IMG), a globally renowned mountaineering company, with experience in leading several successful Mt. Everest expeditions. The expedition fees include IMG’s logistical support, Sherpa and guide support, all climbing permits, expedition food and accommodation, porterage, communications, oxygen, insurance and helicopter rescue, as well as regular access to the IMG medical clinic at Everest Base Camp.

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