8:35pm – Friday, March 16 on ABC2
The six young Western warriors testing their strength and skills against the world’s remote indigenous tribes, are climbing 3300m into the Himalayas for a back-breaking 12km mountain race that will push their minds and bodies to the limit.
They are to live the Sherpa life while they train for the event, which is run to a height of 4300m. It also entails carrying a 25kg Buddhist stone in a basket hung by a strap from the forehead.
A 40-year-old trainer, Pulba, takes them in hand to turn them into mountain men.
Murray shines in the early part of the race, but Ed and Wole present a late surprise. The gruelling race costs them dearly and several of the athletes come close to breaking point.