Nearly 72,000 votes came in, and the People’s Choice was loud and clear. National Geographic is pleased to announce that the 2012 People’s Choice Adventurers of the Year are Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa.

With no money, no sponsors, and borrowed gear, they packed up the only essentials they had of their own: vision, creativity, and friendship. They then embarked on the adventure dubbed “Ultimate Descent” with the goal to climb Everest, paraglide their way back down, and kayak the Ganges to the Indian Ocean. These men truly embody the spirit of adventure and that shines through in their video. Read more about their story and check out expedition photos here. Congratulations adventurers!

Photograph by Sano Babu Sunuwar