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Mount Everest climbing season begins in Nepal

IANS  |  Kathmandu 

The much-anticipated 2019 spring climbing season officially began on Tuesday with a team of eight high-altitude Nepalese climbing guides reaching the summit.

The experienced climbing guides prepare the 8,848-metre peak for the hundreds of climbers who will follow in the coming weeks.

Gyanendra Shrestha, a government liaison officer, told news from the base camp that eight rope fixing guides reached the top of the on Tuesday to prepare safe path for the climbers by fixing ropes and ladders from to the summit of the Everest.

Hundreds of climbers have been waiting for the route to Everest's summit to open.

"Around 20 climbers have lined up to head for the summit on Wednesday night," said Shrestha, adding that the weathermen have forecast good weather on Wednesday.

along with Pasdawa Sherpa, Dorji Gyalgen Sherpa, Pasang Dawa Sherpa, Dawa Nurbu Sherpa, Ming Dorje Sherpa, and became the first Everest summiteers of this season.

This season, that issues climbing permits, has cleared a record 378 fee-paying climbers to mount their bid on the world's tallest peak.

With each hiring at least one local high-altitude climbing guide, the total number of individuals on the mountain may reach 1,000 this season, said

Earlier, according to the department, the highest numbers of climbing permits issued on Everest were 371 in 2017.

Last year, climbing permits were issued for 349 fee-paying climbers. There were 514 high-altitude climbing guides, who are not required to pay climbing fee, assisting the climbers last year.

Foreigners pay $11,000 to obtain the climbing permit and spend between $40,000 and $90,000 to climb the Everest.

The government has reportedly collected around $4 million revenue by issuing the Everest climbing permits this season.



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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 19:36 IST