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Fastest Known Time Set: Summit of Kanchenjunga to City of Kathmandu: 518hrs 53mins 44secs

Rupert's project is complete, and what an achievement it is! Scaling the world's third-highest mountain, then trekking nearly 700 miles back to Kathmandu.

To celebrate, we're giving away a £100 Go Ape gift card for one lucky winner to have an adventure of their own.

To enter, simply keep scrolling, find out a little more about Rupert's incredible achievement, and then answer a simple question.

Kanchenjunga: A Monster Mountain

 

Phase one of Rupert's project was to get to the start point, the summit of Kanchenjunga. At 8,586m high, it's the world's third-highest mountain.

Unlike Everest, which has seen thousands of ascents, the number of those that have stood on the summit of Kanchenjunga is in the low hundreds.

In fact, in recent years, more people have summited Everest in one season than in the history of climbing Kanchenjunga.

Fewer than 20 British climbers had summited Kanchenjunga at the start of this season, making Rupert part of an exclusive club.

Overcoming the Altitude

 

Pushing past 8,000m, Rupert had to overcome the challenge of the 'death zone' to start his time trial on the summit of Kanchenjunga.

At this altitude, there's not enough oxygen in the air to sustain life.
After months of preparation and training, to overcome this challenge, the climbers make multiple trips up and down the mountain to slowly acclimatise.

They also use supplementary oxygen to help them climb through the thin air.

Rupert successfully summited on 12th May, and then the clock started.

The Great Himalayan Trial

 

Rupert's journey back to Kathmandu followed the Great Himalayan Trail, which dissects the mountain range and the country of Nepal.

Along the way Rupert had to tackle glaciers, jungle and further mountains still up to 6,000m.

As an ultra-marathon runner with races over 100 miles under his belt, Rupert was as prepared as anyone could be for the challenge. Yet in his own words it was 'exceptionally demanding'.

He had to overcome extreme heat and humidity, altitude and severe inclines, leaches, and very limited access to clean water and decent nutrition.  

Mission Complete

 

After 518hrs 53minutess 44seconds and 695miles, Rupert, supported by his partner Lucy, stumbled into Kathmandu shortly before 1am on Monday 6th June.

One of the massive challenges that Rupert overcame along the way was a psychological one; the route was initially expected to be 330 miles, yet it turned out to be more than double that.

Astoundingly, Rupert opted to ditch some weight and attempted the final 100 miles with just a running vest, trekking pole and a few bottles for water.

Terms & Conditions

  1. The competition closes at 23:59 on Sunday 26th June 2022.
  2. One lucky winner will be chosen randomly by Friday 1st July 2022.
  3. Winners will be contacted via email by Friday 8th July and must accept the competition prize within 10 days of being contacted.
  4. If the original winner isn't contactable, an alternative winner will be randomly selected.
  5. The winner will a Go Ape gift card with the value of £100.
  6. The gift card will be valid for one year from the date for delivery, and delivery will be made electronically via e-mail.
  7. The competition is open to UK residents aged 18 and over. 
  8. Go Ape employees and friends or family of Go Ape employees aren't eligible to enter.
  9. The prize cannot be exchanged for the equivalent monetary value.
  10. The prize winner must be prepared to participate in all publicity related to the promotion. The winner's name, Twitter handle, Instagram handle, or Facebook username may appear in the Go Ape social media profiles, marketing e-mails and Go Ape website (goape.co.uk).
  11. Your privacy is important to us. We take great care with how we collect, store and use your personal information and will not share or transfer your personal information without your prior consent except as set out in our Privacy Notice.
  12. Promoter: Go Ape, Banana HQ, The Drift, Fornham St Martin, Suffolk IP31 1SL, UK.

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