The names of the five finalists will not be revealed until the second half of the nine-part television series. The finalists are currently trekking for two weeks with the army expedition to reach the Everest Base Camp at 17,160 feet (5,300 meters). There they will make their final preparations for the attempt to climb the mountain.
Zubin Gandevia, managing director, NGCI said, "Our aim to bring the spirit of exploration and adventure into the lives of common people like you and me manifests itself through Mission Everest."
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