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THE ROAD TO EVEREST

The team will depart tomorrow for Kathmandu, Nepal, where they will first climb the 6,400m Mount Lobuche in the Himalayan mountain range.

This is to acclimatise themselves to the snowy, high-altitude environment before beginning their ascent of Mount Everest, which has a height of 8,848m - just under the cruising altitude of commercial planes.

Each climber will have one guide. There will also be porters and cooks.

Their expedition will last from March 25 to June 10. They hope to summit Mount Everest by May 28.

The team hopes to climb Mount Everest this year as a way of celebrating SG50, and have attracted a range of sponsors, such as Aluminaid, Samwoh Corporation, and philanthropist Tan Chin Hwee.