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2005 - Vikram Sahney

Siebel Scholar Vikram Sahney’s mountain climbing team recently defied the 30 percent historical success rate and put five of six climbers on the summit of Mt. Everest (29,035ft / 8,850m)—and three of three climbers on the summit of Lhotse, the world’s fourth tallest mountain, just to the side of Everest.

After 50 days of hard work, Vikram, headed out at 9:30 p.m. on May 18th toward the summit. That night the temperatures hovered around -40 degrees, but thankfully the winds were nearly still. A long string of headlamps marking each climber illuminated the route. Thirteen hours later his long-time dream was realized. He reached the summit.

The trip back down to high camp would test both his physical and mental strength when a climber just in front of him collapsed and fell unconscious due to high altitude cerebral edema. He and his teammate assisted in the rescue, successfully reviving the climber and ensuring he could be helped safely down the mountain by Sherpas.

When not scaling the world’s tallest peaks, Vikram is an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company. Since joining McKinsey, he has primarily worked on corporate strategy and operations engagements for high-tech, aerospace, and automotive clients. Prior experience includes three years in a leadership development program at Ford Motor Company.