SINGAPORE - Four Singaporeans have decided to mark the city state's 50th anniversary by scaling Mount Everest.
The team members comprise Ms Yusrina Yaakob, Mr Seumas Yeo and brothers, Mr Ismail Latiff and Mr Zulkilfie Latiff, reported The Straits Times.
The tallest peak on the earth at 8,848m is located in the Himalayan range and straddles the borders of China and Nepal. The team has also scaled peaks such as Cho Oyu in Nepal as part of their training.
"We're ordinary Singaporeans trying to scale the world's highest mountain," Ms Yusrina told The Straits Times.
"We're doing this to inspire fellow Singaporeans that if you set your mind to it, you can do anything," she added.
Calling themselves Aluminaid Team Singapura Everest, the four-men team was first formed in 2010 and has been training for their expedition for five years.
Ordinary training sessions include staircase climbing and gym training thrice a week in simulated low-oxygen environments.