Kathmandu, May 16
With the opening of a climbing route to the summit of Mt Everest on Sunday, climbers have continued their final summit pushes to the roof of the world.
Tilak Ram Pandey, a liaison officer at the base camp said at least 94 climbers, including 41 foreigners, scaled Mt Everest today.
According to Ascent Himalayan Trek and Expedition, Lhakpa Yangji Sherpa, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa and Yangdi Sherpa scaled Mt Everest at around 11:30am. The Sherpa women were part of the Women Everest Expedition – 2018 and they climbed the mountain with the slogan — Women’s Confidence, said Lhakpa Sherpa. Their expedition also aimed to provide financial support to Dalit, single and oppressed women, who have returned home from foreign employment, besides attracting them towards the tourism sector for income generation that would ultimately make them self-reliant.
Pasang Sherpa, chairman at Pioneer Adventure Treks and Expedition, Mongolian climber Byambasuren Bambi, Australian woman climber Samantha McMahon, Chinese climber Changjuan Hi and Nepali climbers Prakash Raj Pandey and Chokey Sherpa scaled Mt Everest this morning. ‘Lhakpa Thendu Sherpa, Guesman Tamang, Mingma Dorji Sherpa, Tsering Bhote and Pemba Dorji Sherpa accompanied the expedition members to the summit point,” he added.
According to him, three women climbers from Pioneer Adventure also made it to the summit of Mt Lhotse this morning. “Taiwanese climber Fish Tri, Sylwai Bajek (Poland) and Priyanka Mangesh (India), along with their climbing guides – Lhakpa Sherpa, Pasang Sanu and Nima Thenduk Sherpa, stood atop the world’s fourth highest peak,” he shared.
Phurba Tenjing Sherpa, managing director at Dreamers Destination Pvt Ltd informed that world record holder Kami Rita Sherpa and 17-time Everest summiteer Pemba Dorje Sherpa today placed a statue of late king Prithvi Narayan Shah, the unifier of modern Nepal, on the top of Mt Everest.
“Pemba Dorje had placed the late king’s portrait at the summit point last year,” Sherpa informed, adding that he had also scaled the peak with a statue of Gautam Buddha in 2009.
At least our Chinese climbers — Xio Jun Wu, Xingfeng Lian, Leichen Bian and Chin Wui Kin, along with Pemba Dorje, Lakpa Nuru Sherpa and Bis Bahadur Gurung, successfully climbed Mt Everest this morning, he added. Nima Namgyal Sherpa of Kaitu Everest Expedition said at least six expedition members with eight
climbing Sherpas scaled Mt Everest.
At least 39 climbers, including 18 foreigners, had reached the summit on Monday after eight Sherpas opened the route to the top of the world.
A version of this article appears in print on May 17, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.