Paragliding. . . Off Everest

Two adventures (who are mountaineers, paragliders, and kayakers) climbed to the peak of Mount Everest at 29,00o feet above sea level, where the temperature is always below zero degrees Fahrenheit and wind speeds matching that of a Category 1 hurricane (74 miles per hour), and jumped off – paragliding down. On their 45 minute descent to the ground the two men, Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa, glided over the Khumbu Glacier and landed at the Syangboche Airstrip near a Sherpa village. It was a record breaking flight, but they weren’t finished.  The two then proceeded to bike to the nearest river, kayak into India and down the Ganges River to the Indian Ocean. Their expedition, dubbed the Ultimate Decent, earned them the title of National Geographic’s 2012 People’s Choice Adventurers of the Year.

To read more and see videos and photos check out their page on National Geographic.

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3 responses to “Paragliding. . . Off Everest

    • A lot of it is funded straight out of the pocket while using the cheapest equipment possible. You can hire a company to take you up the mountain as well, but then the prices vary. Either way, it’s an extremely expensive trip but completely worth it in my opinion!

      • Yea well worth it 🙂
        I always end up funding it all out of my own pocket – bu as trips and ambitions are getting bigger I worry how it can be done…

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