Last April, Prince Harry joined four severely wounded veterans (including two amputees) and two expedition leaders for the first stage of a four-week trek to the heart of the North Pole. The expedition was created as a way to raise funds for Walking With The Wounded, a U.K. charity that assists military veterans.
Now, the 27-year-old will help kick off an even more ambitious challenge: tackling the world's largest mountain.
Walking with the Wounded recently announced the expedition to conquer Everest, with a goal of placing four wounded servicemen on the 29,000-foot summit.
"A team of determined, hardy and tenacious soldiers has been selected through interview, trials in the Brecon Beacons and technical climbing assessments around Mont Blanc," the site reads. "Their training continues with further work in the Alps and Himalayas, then months of conditioning in the British mountains before the departure for Nepal next May, and an expedition every bit as ground-breaking as those first ascents of 50 years ago."
According to Mollie Hughes, the 21-year-old who plans to become the youngest British woman to climb Everest in May, Harry will only be involved in the first leg of the journey.
“He won’t be doing the full climb as it will take a long time and it requires rigorous training, so I think he’ll be joining at a base camp," she told the U.K. Telegraph.
Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the prince's schedule, saying his participation will "all depend on his Army commitments."
Check out a video of Walking with the Wounded's Everest itinerary below.
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