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Famous Mountain Climbers Leave Utah Today for Mt. Everest

Famous Mountain Climbers Leave Utah Today for Mt. Everest

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(KSL News) Two of the world's most famous mountain climbers leave Salt Lake City today to tackle Mount Everest again.

We introduced you to Apa Sherpa and Lhakpa Gelu earlier this month.

Apa has summited Mount Everest a record 16 times. Lhakpa scaled it the fastest in just under 11 hours.

Both worked as Sherpas for Everest Caravans so they could send their kids to school.

Just this year they both moved to Salt Lake City. Apa's children now attend school here. Lhakpa's kids are still in Nepal awaiting the proper paperwork to come to the U.S. But it won't be long before he sees them again.

Today the two head back to Everest to co-lead an all-Sherpa expedition. It will be the first of its kind.

They hope this climb will bring attention to the Sherpa ethnic group and raise money for education and health care in Nepal.

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