Notable mountaineers include early Everest pioneers Brigadier Charles Bruce and Lance Naik Tejbir Bura in 1921/22 and Charles Wylie in 1953. In the sixties, seventies and eighties this tradition was continued by Nick Cook GM, Mike Kefford, Kit Spencer, Angphula Sherpa, Khagendra Limbu and Basantakumar Rai and many others. To date, however, no serving Gurkha has reached the summit of Mt. Everest.
To commemorate 200th anniversary of Gurkha service to the Crown serving members of the Brigade of Gurkhas will climb Mt Everest via the South Col route in 2015.
One of Great Britain’s top mountaineers, Kenton Cool, who has summited Everest 10 times talks to BFBS about the project. Click on the link to listen to the interview Kenton Cool talks to BFBS