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14 climbers reach top of Everest from Nepal's side

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

A team of 14 rope-fixing climbers today successfully scaled Mt Everest, becoming the first group to reach the world's tallest peak from Nepal's side this year.

According to base camp officials, the team reached the summit point from South Col at around 1:25 pm (local time).

At least 12 other climbers also made to the summit point, officials said.

"They have opened a climbing route by fixing ropes to the summit point," they said.

More than 375 world climbers along with their support staff have been waiting for weather to improve to make summit attempts on Everest after acclimatisation in the Khumbu region for over a month.

As many as 25 climbers, including six Indians, stood atop the world's highest peak from the North Col (Tibetan side) after nine rope-fixing Sherpas opened a climbing route to the summit point on May 11.

More than 150 climbers along with support staff will make their final summit pushes from north side within the next couple of days, according to the officials.

Meanwhile, Tashi Sherpa of Himalayan Trailblazer said that Sherpas also headed to Camp IV on Mt Lhotse to fix a climbing route to the summit of the world's fourth highest peak today.

More than 100 climbers along with their support staff will make their final summit pushes once the team fixes the ropes to the top of the mountain.

Everest has seen a record number of climbers this season due to a backlog resulting from the 2014 and 2015 avalanches.

In 2015, avalanches set off by the devastating April 25 quake killed 19 climbers, including high altitude guides and helpers at base camp and Khumbu Icefall.

This season has already seen two deaths, including experienced Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck.

More than 4,000 people have scaled Everest since 1953.

Over 280 climbers have died attempting to scale the 8848 -metre peak.

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First Published: Mon, May 15 2017. 20:28 IST