First black African woman, others scale Mt Everest; summit success on Lhotse, Makalu

KATHMANDU: A South African woman among other climbers successfully climbed the world’s highest peak this morning while the world climbers have continued their final summit pushes to the top of different mountains.

“South Africa's Saray N’ Kusi Khumalo stood atop the roof of the world, becoming the first black African woman to successfully climb Mt Everest,” the expedition organiser said.

At least eight members including Saray N’ Kusi Khumalo and seven Sherpas from Seven Summit Treks stood on top of the world's highest peak, according to company chairman Mingma Sherpa.

Saray made it to the summit of the mountain this season after her three previous attempts had failed due to different reasons, he said.

"Team leader Noel Richard Hanna, Jenifer Shirley and Seamus Sean Lawless from Ireland, Dalip Singh Shekhawat from Canada, Ravi Thakar from India, as well as Yaser Mohammad Khan and Mark Robert Parella from the United States scaled the mountain," he said adding that Temba Bhote, Namgya Bhote, Denduk Bhote, Mingma Thinduk Sherpa, Pasang Gelu Sherpa, Pasang Dawa Sherpa and Fursang Sherpa also stood atop the Everest summit.

Canadian climber Matthews Clayton Vernon-led team also scaled Mt Everest this morning, Rishi Bhandari, Managing Director at Satori Adventures said. “The team members Georgian Tsintsadze Avtandil, British climber Maher Dean Mark, Lee Kil Bong from Korea, and Kakka Keval Hiren from India along with Mingma Temba Sherpa, Lakpa Tashi Sherpa, Dawa Temba Sherpa, Pemba Ongdi Sherpa, Tendi Sherpa, Fute Sherpa and Pasang Namgel Sherpa successfully climbed the mountain,” he shared.

Pasang Sherpa, Chairman at Pioneer Adventure Pvt Ltd shared that Adrian Laza from Romania along with Dawa Sherpa and Chhring Lama also successfully climbed the world’s highest peak early this morning.

“At least seven members from the NSG Indian Army team along with seven Sherpa climbers also stood atop Mt Everest this morning,” Phanden Sherpa of Arun treks Pvt Ltd shared.

Likewise, the world’s fourth highest mountain recorded a few summits this morning. According to Chatur Lama of Cha Tours Pvt Ltd, Nastya Runova, Georgy Sadetskiy and Anastasiia Runova from Russia, and Ivan Yuriev Tomov from Bulgaria along with Pasang Tshering Sherpa scaled Mt Lhotse this morning. Nastya and Ivan climbed the mountain without supplementary oxygen and Sherpa support, he said.

Many climbers from different countries successfully scaled Mt Makalu as they found a fair weather to make their final summit push this morning, organisers said.

British climber Philip James Crampton of US-based Altitude Junkies along with Malgorzata Jolanta Watroba reached the summit point of Mt Makalu at around 3:30 am. “It’s Philip’s second ascent of Makalu,” Navin Trital, Managing Director at Expedition Himalaya, said.

Seven Summit Treks reported that all 16 members of the maiden Indian Army Makalu expedition along with 13 Sherpas successfully climbed the world’s fifth highest mountain. A team led by Pankaj Gaur comprising members Jigmat Namgail, Balwant Singh, Ankur Rawat, Devendra Singh, Dinesh Kumar, Sanjay Kumar Chaudhary, Deepak Kumar, Sunil Kumar Rai, Ram Bahadur Mall, Dhane Karki, Indar Singh Adhikari, Narayan Singh, Mahak Mehta, Harjas Singh Gill and Jaypal Singh scaled Mt Makalu.