Nine Nepalis reach atop Mt Everest summit after a gap of two years

Kathmandu, May 12: This year's first successful ascent to the Mount Everest, the world's highest peak took place with nine Nepali Sherpa climbers reaching its summit Wednesday evening.

 According to Director General of the Department of Tourism, Sudarshan Prasad Dhakal, nine Sherpas completed the climbing expedition to the peak through its south-west face as rope fixers (icefall doctors).

  The team comprises Gyaljen Sherpa (team leader), Gyaljen Dorje Sherpa, Aang Pemba Sherpa, Mingma Chhiring  Sherpa, Shera Gyaljen Sherpa, Pasang Tenzing Sherpa, Mingma Sherpa, Mingma Chhiring Sherpa and Lakpa Chhiring Sherpa.

      The expedition to the Mount Everest remained suspended for the past two years, following the April 18 (2014) deadly avalanche near its base camp and the April 25 (2015) earthquake.   

Commenting over the resumption of climbing to the Mt Everest following a two-year suspension, Nepal Mountaineering Association Chair Aang Chhiring Sherpa said it has given a positive message about the country's mountaineering tourism to the world. It would significantly help promote Nepal's mountaineering tourism, he said. 

As many as 700 climbers including 289 foreigners are close to the peak's summit and are expected to reach atop the world's tallest mountain, locally known as Sagarmatha by Thursday morning,  according to Sherpa. RSS


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