Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala waving the Sri Lankan flag on the summit of Mount Everest at 5:03 am on 21st May 2016
|Birth name||Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala|
|Main discipline||Women's Rights Advocate, Mountaineer|
3 September 1979|
|Notable ascents||First Sri Lankan to Summit Mount Everest; First Sri Lankan Woman to Summit Imja Tse (Island Peak) 6,189m|
|Famous partnerships||Johann Peries|
Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala (born 3 September 1979), a past pupil of Bishop's College is the first Sri Lankan to summit Mount Everest. Kuru-Utumpala reached the summit of Mount Everest at 5:03 AM on 21 May 2016. Along with Johann Peries, she formed the Sri Lankan Everest Expedition, 2016. Peries attained a height of 8,400 m, which is beyond Camp IV (the final camp on the southern ascent route, on the South Col).
Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala's summit makes Sri Lanka the fourth country in the world, in which a woman has been the first person to reach the top of Mount Everest. The other countries are Poland, South Africa and Croatia.
The expedition was supported by the mountaineering company International Mountain Guides who provided them with guide support, Sherpa support, logistics, meals and accommodation during their expedition. Kuru-Utumpala and Peries were accompanied by Nepalese Sherpa Ang Karma (Kuru-Utumpala) and Ang Pasang (Peries).
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