KATHMANDU, Nepal. KidZania Journal. May 20, 2016. (English). –Urbano, one of KidZania’s beloved RightZKeepers, joined the May 2016 Mount Everest Expedition on a breathtaking adventure that only someone with his passion and courage could undertake. After an 8-month long preparation with highly experienced mountaineers, Urbano landed in Kathmandu and joined the experts from around the world to conquer the Earth’s highest mountain—sometimes referred to as the “Top of the World”. At 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above sea level, the peak is located in the Mahalangur mountain range in Nepal and Tibet.
Urbano and his expedition team reached the Mount Everest Base Camp (North side) earlier this week. After setting up camp, he asked some of the sherpas to take a picture of him at the Mallory and Irvine Memorial—two British pioneer mountaineers that tried a summit attempt on June 8, 1924.
Interviewed by the KidZania Journal at the North Base Camp, Urbano said: “I can’t believe I’m actually here at the Mount Everest Base Camp, talking with you right next to the George Mallory and Andrew Irvine memorial –two of the world adventurers I admire the most! Last year, me and my sister Vita participated on a mission to the International Space Station and looked at the Everest right from space. And now I’m here! How amazing! What I can say to all the children in the world is that no matter what or how hard their dreams can be, they should follow them! If you dream it, if you wish it, you can do it!”
The expedition’s first attempt to reach the summit started very early this morning. Climbing the Everest is no easy task, as it presents dangers such as altitude sickness, weather, wind as well as significant objective hazards from avalanches and the Khumbu Icefall. Although very good weather conditions were predicted for this morning, unfortunately Urbano suffered from altitude sickness and had to abort the attempt, having to return to the Base Camp. However, he gave the KidZania flag to the expedition leader, promising to take it all the way to the top.
Later this day, the expedition team sent the pictures below, proving that KidZania has conquered not only all regions of the world, but also it’s highest point: Mount Everest.