Everest climbing over for the season with 400 plus summits
KATHMANDU: This season’s Mount Everest climbing bids were over on Wednesday with more than 400 persons reaching the top of the world.
As many as 34 expeditions participated in the Everest climbing this spring, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT).
Mountaineering in Nepal which saw the forced closure for two years due to the twin avalanches in 2014 and 2015 was opened since May 11 this year.
A total of 1,432 mountaineers from various 97 teams had obtained permit to climb several mountains in the country measuring above 8,000 metres, including the Everest (8,848 metres).
Of the total 10 highest mountain across the world, Nepal is home to eight.
Sudarshan Prasad Dhakal, DoT Director General, told the Rastriya Samachar Samiti that altogether 100 mountaineers reached the summit of Mount Annapurna, Mount Manaslu and Mount Makalu among others peaks.
“All the expedition teams have started returning from today,” said DG Dhaka, adding that the details of the successful climbers would be unveiled in a week.
Furthermore, details of the climbers set out to scale shorter peaks are awaited, according to him.
A total of six climbers, including a Nepali national, were reported to have died during this year’s expedition.
Of them, the Nepali national is identified as a Sherpa guide while rest others are three Indians, one Australian and a Dutch national, according to the DoT.
(Swiss mountain sports specialist Mammut created a new milestone in virtual mountaineering as two Nepali Sherpa mountain guides Pemba Rinji Sherpa and Lakpa Sherpa supported by Kusang Sherpa and Ang Kaji Sherpa became the first men in the world to document the whole South route to the summit of Mount Everest with a 360° camera rig, in this image released on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Photo: Mammut via AP)