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Our Everest Challenge

In this ground-breaking documentary, broadcaster and adventurer Ben Fogle faces the challenge of a lifetime, alongside his friend and double Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton CBE.

For Ben, it is the story of a boyhood dream, to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, at an altitude of 8,848 metres. After two years of preparation, we follow the pair to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, from there they trek into the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp; here they will acclimatize and hone their skills before making their summit attempt.  

Ben and Victoria will be guided by world-renowned British mountaineer Kenton Cool, a veteran of twelve Everest summits, more than any other European climber. As they head up the mountain, into the notorious “death zone”, physical exhaustion, extreme conditions and misfortune will test the pair to their limits, 65 years after Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit.  

Since that day in 1953, more than 4000 people have successfully climbed Everest but nearly 300 climbers have died on her icy slopes. As Ben and Victoria begin their expedition and face their fears, they know Everest will be life-changing.

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