Kathmandu, April 18
Dimitry Tertychnyy, a high school student at Charterhouse School in the United Kingdom, will be attempting to climb Mount Everest – the last peak in the seven summit challenge which he set himself with his father.
The young climber shared the information amidst a press conference in Kathmandu today.
Dimitry, who is a Youth Ambassador for Global Action Nepal, had set himself the challenge to climb the highest mountains of all seven continents. If successful, the 17-year-old will be the youngest European to complete the Seven Summit Challenge.
Dimitry started climbing in 2012 at the age of 12 with his father Alex. On his attempt at Kilimanjaro, he was forced to turn back at 5720m, only 15 minutes away from the summit due to acute mountain sickness.
Since then, he and his father have successfully climbed six of the seven summits and all that remains to be conquered is Everest.
At the press conference, he thanked his father for the experience and said that he was thankful for his team for it always motivated him throughout the journey.
As if this extraordinary physical and mental challenge was not enough, Dimitry would like to use this final climb of the Seven Summit challenge as an opportunity to raise funds for the education of the underprivileged children in rural Nepal.
“As this is an expedition that happens once in a lifetime, which is why I want to make it as special as possible and give something back to the community as well,” he said.
The Charterhouse School has been involved in raising funds for the quality of education in Nepal. In climbing Everest, Dimitry is following the footsteps of Charterhouse school teacher George Mallory, who was part of the first three Everest expeditions in the 1920s.
Dimitry, like his teacher Mallory, will be climbing from the northern side, Lhasa, and will be flying tomorrow to start his expedition.