by Maheesha Mudugamuwa
Johann Peiris became the second Sri Lankan to conquer the highest peak in the world when he successfully summited Mount Everest at 5.55 a.m. Nepal time yesterday (22).
Johann was a part of the expedition that helped Jayanthi Kuru Uthumpala to become the first Sri Lankan to conquer Mount Everest back in 2016 but was unable to reach the summit as his oxygen tank malfunctioned and he had to turn back an agonizing 440m short of the peak.
Having left Sri Lanka in early April, Johann spent much of his time at the Mount Everest Base Camp where he completed a number of trainings termed ‘rotations’, acclimatizing to the conditions during the ascent and the descent. Johann left the base camp the May 19 and was set to summit on the 23rd but his summit was advanced due to changing weather conditions.
His local team in Colombo reported on their Facebook page that Johann has begun his descent yesterday, which is far more reacherous than the ascent and will take two days to reach the Base Camp, when he will be in communication with his team.
An artist inspired by nature, Johann is a hair-designer by profession and adventurer by choice. He is the only Sri Lankan male to reach an altitude of 8,400m / 27,559ft, which he achieved on 21 May 2016 on Mt Everest.
His First exploration out of Sri Lanka was the Thai- Burmese border, in 2005. As a more experienced mountaineer Johann successfully conquered Everest Base Camp in 2010, Island Peak in 2012, and Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2014.