Photostory: BASE Jumping From Mount Everest

The images that tell the story of Valery Rozov's epic Mt Everest BASE jump.
By Marc Schwarz

The Russian extreme sports star Valery Rozov has made the highest ever BASE jump after leaping off Mt Everest from an altitude of 7,220m. Rozov made the jump on May 5th after almost two years of planning and training. Check out the video and the full story on our news page.
 

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Tibetans on the way in to Base Camp
Tibetans smiling to the camera
Tibetans on the way in to Base Camp The route to Everest's north side journeys through the dusty plateau of Tibet, passing traditional villages and a way of life rapidly changing. © Thomas Senf/Red Bull Content Pool
Tibetan prayer wheels
Valery Rozov turns prayer wheels at a Buddhist monastery
Tibetan prayer wheels The journey to the north side of Everest passes through Tibet. Valery Rozov turns prayer wheels at a Buddhist monastery to ensure a safe flight. © Thomas Senf/Red Bull Content Pool
Road stop view
Valery Rozov pictured with Mt Everest in the distance
Road stop view Valery Rozov pictured with Mt Everest in the distance. The sign gives Everest's height as 8,844m, not the internationally accepted 8,848m. The Chinese have traditionally argued that the peak should be measured from its rock height. © Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool
Advanced base camp
Mount Everest base camp at sunshine
Advanced base camp Ascending Mt Everest is a highly logistical challenge — small armies of Sherpas help set up camps and carry loads for the mountaineers. © Thomas Senf/Red Bull Content Pool
Everest base camp at night
Base Camp long exposure at night
Everest base camp at night Base Camp lights up like a small city under the magical Everest night sky. © Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool
Puja ceremony before the climb
Puja ceremony to ask for a safe passage
Puja ceremony before the climb Before all ascents on Everest it is traditional to practise a Puja ceremony to ask for a safe passage on the mountain. It is conducted in front of a stone altar decorated with prayer flags. Juniper is burned and offerings are made to the gods. © Thomas Senf/Red Bull Content Pool
Rozov before the jump
Valery Rozov, pictured among prayer flags
Rozov before the jump Valery Rozov, pictured among prayer flags on Mt Everest. On May 5th, he made the world's highest BASE jump from the mountain. © Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool
Valery Rozov heading up Everest
Valery Rozov and the crew head up on Everest's northern slopes
Valery Rozov heading up Everest Valery Rozov and the crew head up the fixed lines on Everest's northern slopes. The route was first pioneered by the British explorer George Mallory, who famously died trying to conquer the mountain in 1924 with Sandy Irvine. © Thomas Senf/Red Bull Content Pool
Climbing to the launch site
Valery Rozov climbing to the launch site
Climbing to the launch site Climbing to the launch site: Rozov jumped from a specially scouted platform 200m above the North Col, the point where climbers begin their ascent of the mountain. © Thomas Senf/Red Bull Content Pool
Yaks on Everest
Yaks eating hay
Yaks on Everest Yaks are famed for their ability to cope at high altitude and are the traditional form of transport for ferrying supplies up the mountain. Yak meat is also used for burgers and steaks. © Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool
Valery Rozov crossing the glacier
Valery Rozov crossing the glacier Valery Rozov begins his climb amongst the surreal ice formations of the Rongbuk glacier. © Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool
The team enjoy some tent time
The crew enjoy the food and rest in a tent
The team enjoy some tent time The crew enjoy some much needed food and rest in a group tent after the exertions of the day. © Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool
Valery Rozov before jumping
Valery Rozov preparing for the jump
Valery Rozov before jumping Valery Rozov, preparing to make the highest BASE jump in the world. The first few seconds of the jump would be the most critical. © Thomas Senf/Red Bull Content Pool
Valery Rozov descends safely from Everest
Valery Rozov performs at the Red Bull Top Altitude at North Everest
Valery Rozov descends safely from Everest Valery Rozov descends safely after making the world's highest BASE jump from Everest's north side on May 5th, 2013. © Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool
Ready to jump
Valery Rozov getting ready for the highest ever BASE jump
Ready to jump Valery Rozov prepares for his record jump from the north side of Everest on May 5th, 2013. © Thomas Senf/Red Bull Content Pool
Rozov launches from Everest
Valery Rozov jumps at the North Everest from 7,220m
Rozov launches from Everest Valery Rozov launches himself from an altitude of 7,220m down the north side of Mt Everest on May 5th, 2013. © Thomas Senf/Red Bull Content Pool
Mission accomplished
Valery Rozov celebrates his jump after landing
Mission accomplished Valery Rozov celebrates his jump on May 5th, 2013. His wingsuit was specially designed to fly in the rarified high altitude air. © Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool
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