National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurers of the Year Announced

Without adventure you are not feeling real life. – Sano Babu Sunuwar

The people have voted and Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa, from Nepal, have been named National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurers of the Year.

The Mission: Start by climbing to the top of Mt. Everest, run with partner off the summit and start paragliding, stay airborne as long as possible, then cycle until the river’s edge is reached, proceed to kayak to the Nepal/India border, and finish by paddling the Ganges River to the Indian Ocean.

With borrowed gear and a bare-bones budget, there were no corporate sponsors nor social media campaigns, just the essentials for adventure—vision, creativity, and friendship.

Read about how they met, how they hatched this great adventure known as the “Ultimate Descent” and check out the video of them paragliding off Mt. Everest.  It’s easy to see why they deserved to win.

What adventurous spirits these two possess to have taken on such an incredible endeavor.  What’s more impressive it that Sano Babu Sunuwar had zero climbing experience and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa didn’t know how to swim.

Congratulations guys!  Mission accomplished.

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