Two brothers, who are among Nepal’s most famous Sherpa guides, set out on Monday to climb the highest peaks on each of the world’s seven continents, on a vast global journey that will take them both to the North Pole and at the South Pole.
Mingma Sherpa and Chhang Dawa Sherpa have already climbed the 14 highest peaks in the world, each of which is in Asia. Their younger brother, Tashi Lakpa, who will join the global adventure, has climbed six of these peaks.
“We were the first brothers to climb the 14 highest mountains in the world and now we are about to climb the highest peaks of the seven continents and reach the two poles to become the” brothers of the mountaineering grand slam “in the climbing community, ”Mingma told The Associated Press in Kathmandu.
The three brothers plan to leave Nepal on Monday for Antarctica to begin their journey by climbing Mount Vinson and then skiing to the South Pole.
Mingma said they plan to complete the trip in a year and pay for their adventure with their own money.
The brothers have already climbed Mount Everest, the highest mountain in Asia. After Mount Vinson in Antarctica, they will have the highest peaks of five other continents to climb, then the North Pole.
The brothers run the Seven Summits Treks in Kathmandu, which is the country’s largest expedition organizer. Most Mount Everest climbers sign up with their company because of their experience and reputation as Nepal’s most prominent mountain outfitters.