Sri Lanka’s Johann Peries becomes second Sri Lankan to summit Everest

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Sri Lanka’s Johann Peries successfully summited Mount Everest at 5.55 am Nepal time today Tue 22 May 2018.

This was his second attempt. Peries now becomes the second Sri Lankan to summit Mount Everest Everest after Jayanthi Kuru Utumpala in 2016.

Peries’ earlier attempt in 2016 was unsuccessful when his oxygen tank failed 400 metres before the summit.

Peries has now begun his descent which is considered more treacherous at times than the ascent, Peries’ local team in Colombo said.

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 passion for the great outdoors and his creative soul has struck a perfect balance and is evident in his work, life and interests.

Johann began his hair-designing career 25 years ago. Opting for originality over formulaic, he soon became popular as one of the best hair-designers in the country. Taking his innate flair in the beauty and fashion culture a step further, he re-established the local industry to meet international standards by introducing new concepts in bridal-designs, attire conceptualizing and make-up.

Today he is one of the most sought after hair and beauty designers, and amongst the few Sri Lankans in the industry to be globally acclaimed. Presently he runs three salons, two in Colombo and one in London. His career as an artist began long before his venture into the fashion industry; initially as a professional singer with Mary Anne Singers spanning over 20 years, as an actor in the local English theatre, and as a professional dancer competing and performing at local and international competitions.

Johann’s interest in exploring the great outdoors was impressed upon him at a very young age by his father, when the duo regularly explored the Knuckles Mountain range in Sri Lanka. The passion thus instilled in him, drives him to conquer mountains both in Sri Lanka and around the globe. 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.