Charity climber Daniel Hughes interviewed live on Everest

Daniel Hughes, the Inmarsat-sponsored climber aiming raise £1 million (US$1.6 million) for UK charity Comic Relief, is taking part in a series of live BBC video interviews as he nears the summit of Mount Everest.

The British commercial airline pilot was on BBC News on 26 April speaking live from base camp at an altitude of 17,700ft (5,380 metres).

Having spent time acclimatising, Daniel and his team are ready to climb to camp 3, located on a small ledge at 24,500ft (7,470m).

Summit bid

From there he will be interviewed live on BBC News and BBC World channels on 6 May.

“The weather and mountain so far have been kind and a potential summit bid is only a week away,” said Daniel.

Using a Cobham SATCOM Explorer 700 BGAN terminal, Daniel plans to transmit live to the BBC from the summit, via his HTC smartphone.

Videos online

Since he arrived in Nepal at the end of March, the determined fundraiser has been keeping his website topped up with videos tracking his progress – his goal to reach his target of one million supporters donating £1 (US$1.60) each.

Daniel, who was inspired to act after seeing widespread child poverty on a trip to Bolivia, has devoted much of the past two years to preparing for the Everest challenge.

The Comic Relief charity engages in life-enhancing projects around the globe.