Geographic honor for two Nepali adventurers
High mountain guide Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa and kayaker Sano Babu Sunuwar have been named the People’s Choice Adventurers of the Year 2012 for their Everest summit, paragliding descent and long-distance kayak from Nepal to the Bay of Bengal. The duo was selected from a group of 12 individuals whose extraordinary achievements in exploration, conservation and adventure sports distinguished them in the past year, National Geographic Adventure has said. National Geographic Adventure has been naming Adventurers of the Year for the past seven years. Sherpa and Sunuwar were selected through online voting on National Geographic Adventure’s website.
The winning duo was chosen for its three-month adventure called ‘The Ultimate Descent’ that which included climb to the Everest summit, paraglide descent from the summit and an 850-kmkayak trip from Nepal to the Bay of Bengal. "We believe that Lakpa and Babu exemplify the spirit of the award in their commitment to adventure in the truest sense of the word," said Mary Anne Potts, editor of National Geographic Adventure. "Our fans — more than 72,000 across the adventure community — voted overwhelmingly for these two incredible athletes, and we're thrilled to call them the People's Choice Adventurers of the Year."
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