Meanwhile, around 5,000 trekkers a year take the eight to 10 days to trek to the base, according to figures from Nepal's tourism department. Doolan expects to take about twice as long and will then have to retrace his route back to Lukla.
Doolan will be using a specially designed wheelchair with mountain-bike wheels when the trails allow, but thinks he will mostly be on his hands with a friend holding his legs in a move he's dubbed "wheelbarrowing".
The young woman, now a university student, attended Lyu's funeral in December. Speaking on the condition she would not be identified, she told China National Radio she had planned to invite Lyu to her college graduation ceremony.
He also spent time in Australia's Blue Mountains to get some experience on trails, wearing a mask that limits oxygen flow in a bid to replicate the high-altitude conditions that await him in the Himalayas.
Wang Yang, male, Han ethnicity, was born in March 1955 and is from Suzhou, Anhui province. He began his first job in June 1972 and joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in August 1975. He received a university education at the Central Party School, and holds a Master of Engineering degree.
One day, about three years ago, a high school student in neighboring Shanxi province sent Lyu a message on Sina Weibo saying that she was deeply depressed and wanted to commit suicide. "No one can save me," she wrote.
"I jump out of my chair and my mate Matt, he'll grab me and hold my ankles and I basically walk on my hands," he said, explaining a technique that's similar to the wheelbarrow race of Western school sports days.
KATHMANDU - A wheelchair-bound Australian is aiming to become the first paraplegic to reach the base camp of Qomolangma, known as Mount Everest in the West, unaided - a breathless trek he reckons he will make mostly on his hands.
As courses are available online, limited higher education resources are better utilized and delivered to more students. In five years, over 3 million students from colleges in west China have obtained credits by taking WEMOOC.