Eight climbing guides reach Everest top, open climbing route for this season

PTI Kathmandu, Nepal May 14, 2019, 04.42 PM(IST)

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The climbers successfully fixed the climbing ropes from the South Col to the summit point and scaled the 8,848-metre peak on Tuesday for the other climbers to follow.

An eight-member team of Nepali mountain guides on Tuesday successfully scaled the Mount Everest, becoming the season's first team to open the climbing route to the world's highest peak.

The climbers successfully fixed the climbing ropes from the South Col to the summit point and scaled the 8,848-metre peak on Tuesday for the other climbers to follow, according to Ummid Bhandari, manager at Himalayan Guides Nepal, that organised the expedition.

The expedition was led by Siddhi Bahadur Tamang. 

The Expedition Operators Association of Nepal has assigned Himalayan Guides to fix the route above Camp II this season, while a team of icefall doctors assigned by the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee opened the climbing route from the base camp to Camp II.

Around 378 climbers, part of 41 different teams, have obtained climbing permits for Mount Everest from the department of tourism this spring season, officials said.