Standard Chartered is to redefine the phrase 'armchair banking' by conducting mobile transactions with two mountaineers as they attempt to scale Mount Everest.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest, the two mountaineers, Horacio Galanti and Horacio Cunietti, are to follow in the footsteps of mountaineering greats, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary.
They will lead an expedition of six people including three sherpas and three climbers representing three countries. The team is expecting to encounter extreme conditions as they journey to the top of the world at 8,848 metres above sea level including ice, snow, moving glaciers, hurricane force winds and temperatures that dip to -30 degrees Celcius.
While on their expedition, the duo are expected to subject Standard Chartered's Breeze mobile banking apps to the rigours of some of the most challenging environments known by attempting to trade stocks and transfer funds during their journey.
Ashley Veasey, Standard Chartered's chief information officer, Hong Kong, says: "This expedition will see two remarkable individuals do extraordinary things through their efforts to improve the environment on Mount Everest and also harness the power of mobile technology to prove that banking can be a Breeze even on the highest mountain on earth."