Extreme sports star Valery Rozov jumps off Mt Everest

Zee Media Bureau

Kathmandu: World renowned Russian extreme sports star Valery Rozov created history as he made the highest ever BASE jump leaping off the north face of Mount Everest.

Rozov made the jump from a point 7,220m (23,680ft) above sea level and marked almost 60 years to the day the anniversary of the conquest of Everest’s 8,848 meters by Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay in 1953.

Since then, the world`s highest mountain has attracted some of the world`s most extreme athletes but no one had ever BASE-jumped. 48-year-old Rozov’s stunt took more than two years to plan; in 2012 he jumped from 6,420m from Shivling (6,543m) in the Himalayas.

Rozov’s ascent began on the Chinese side - it took him four days to climb from base camp to the jumping location.

He jumped from the cliff, with temperatures at -18 degree Celsius and landed safely on the Rongbuk glacier at an altitude of 5,950m (19,520ft) after a flight lasting barely one minute.

Rozov is no stranger to daredevilry. In 2009, he jumped into an active volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East.