Melbourne, May 23 : Two Sydney women are just hours from the summit of Mount Everest, where they would create history as the first mother-daughter team to climb the world's tallest mountain.
Cheryl Bart and her 23-year-old daughter Nikki set out on April 1 and, after enduring bitingly cold temperatures and several delays, are expected to reach the 8850-metre Himalayan peak tomorrow morning.
One of the delays was caused by the ascent of the Beijing Olympic torch, as the pair had their communications gear temporarily confiscated amid tight security.
The pair have left camp four - the mountain's last camp site - about 10 pm (AEST) tonight for the final climb to the summit, which can take anywhere from eight to 15 hours.
They are expected to reach the summit between 7a.m. and 12 p.m. tomorrow, Australian time, news.com.au reported.
The pair has already climbed to the top of Australia's Mount Kosciuszko (2228m), Antarctica's Vinson Massif (4897m), South America's Aconcagua (6962m), Africa's Kiliminjaro (5895m), North America's McKinley-Denali (6195m) and Europe's Elbrus (5642m).
It will make them the first mother and daughter team to not only get to the top of Everest, but to also reach the top of the tallest mountain in each of the seven continents.