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Mt. Everest sees the first summit of 2019: Sherpas’ team reached atop on Tuesday

KATHMANDU: A team of rope-fixing mountain guides’ (Sherpa) team reached the top of Mount Everest on Tuesday marking the season’s first ascent of the world’s highest peak and opening the route for a potentially record number of climbers to summit the world’s highest mountain in the coming weeks.
According to the Department of Tourism (DoT), an eight-member rope-fixing team of mountain guides reached atop Mount Everest at 1:45 pm on Tuesday opening the route for all the climbers waiting to conquer the highest peak.
Apart from the first ascent of Mt. Everest (8,848m), the climbers also reached three other mountains measuring more than 8,000-metre high on Tuesday
Surendra Thapa, spokesperson at the DoT, said that the rope fixing task in Kanchanjunga (8,586m), Lhotse (8,516m) and Makalu (8,463m) also completed on Tuesday.
“It was the first time in history that the first ascent in four mountains measuring more than 8,000 metres was made on the same day,” he said.
He said that after the completion of the rope fixing task up to the summit, Everest expedition would be formally opened for all climbers from Wednesday.
The team of mountain guides that comprises Siddhi Bahadur Tamang, Pasdawa Sherpa, Dorji Gyalgen Sherpa, Pasang Dawa Sherpa, Ming Dorje Sherpa, Aang Phurba Sherpa and Sanghu Bhote Lama reached atop Everest while fixing the rope.
Gynendra Shrestha, a liaison officer from the Everest Base Camp (EBC), said that more than 50 climbers are preparing to ascent the highest peak on Wednesday.
The rope fixing team for Mt Everest had members from Himalayan Guides Nepal, Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd and Madison Mountaineering, he said.
A five-member team comprising Kili Pemba Sherpa, Pemba Chote Sherpa, Ang Janbu Sherpa, Dendi Sherpa and Tamting Sherpa fixed the rope in Lhotse.
After the completion of rope fixing task, a 12-member team comprising one Pakistani, two Chinese and two Greek nationals and supporting Sherpas successfully climbed Mt Lhotse on Tuesday.
Similarly, two different teams of Sherpa guides comprising five members in each opened up the route to Mt. Kanchanjunga and Makalu also today.
A total of 379 climbers belonging to 42 expedition teams have received permit from the DoT to climb Mt. Everest this spring season. Of them, 13 are Nepali nationals.
More climbers are making attempts on Mt Everest this year compared to last year.
In spring of 2018, a total of 346 mountaineers of 38 expedition teams were granted permission to scale the highest peak. Spring is the main season to climb Mt. Everest and other peaks of Nepal.
Altogether, a total of 851 climbers belonging to 110 expedition teams have received permission to climb different 30 peaks including Mt Everest this spring.
Of them, 98 climbers are attempting Lhotse while 53 and 34 climbers are attempting Makalu and Kanchanjunga respectively.
(File Photo Mount Everest:View from Gokyo Ri)

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