Over 200 summitting Mount Everest today; a Sherpa guide dies

KATHMANDU: Over 200 climbers are likely to reach the top of the world, the Mount Everest summit, on Thursday, according to an official.

Department of Tourism official Gyanendra Shrestha told THT Online from the Everest Base Camp that around 150 climbers have already scaled the summit since this morning.

Those who had planned expeditions for Wednesday and Thursday are set to conquer the highest peak of the world today, he added.

The climbers were stopped yesterday due to high winds.

However, the weather cleared from early morning today, letter the climbers accomplish their mission.

At least 41 foreign climbers and 58 Nepali guides had prepared to make a final attempt on Wednesday while 110 Nepalis and 87 foreigners are scheduled to attempt to climb the Mt Everest on Thursday.

A Sherpa dies

Meanwhile, a Sherpa guide died while fixing ropes for the Lhotse summit today.

Thupden Sherpa, Manager at the Aun Treks, said Ang Furba Sherpa died after slipping over the Lhotse Face.

The deceased had fallen onto the Camp II in the accident. A rescue team has been mobilised to collect his body.

He was one among seven Sherpas who had been accompanying a seven-member expedition team for the fourth highest mountain in the world at 8,516 metres.