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8 Sherpas summit Mt Everest in a first for the season

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

An eight-member group of Sherpas summited today, becoming the season's first team to scale the world's highest peak in Nepal, a media report said.

The group, including rope-fixing Sherpas, reached the south summit around 8 am and then opened a route to the peak from the Nepalese side around 3:30 pm, reported.

"Now, more than 240 climbers along with their high altitude workers can make their summit pushes on after the rope fixing team opened the route," said Iswari Paudel, at Himalayan Guides (HGN) Pvt Ltd, the expedition organiser.

The team included Pasang Tenjing Sherpa, Pasdawa Sherpa, Lakpa Dendi Sherpa, Jen Jen Lama, Siddi Bahadur Tamang, Pemba Chhiri Sherpa, and Datuk Bhote, the report said.

Expedition Operator Association has assigned HGN to fix the ropes on this season, it said.

Paudel said the Sherpas had left the two days ago and faced inclement weather that caused a delay in the rope fixing work last week.

said over 500 climbers from across the world including 247 expedition members have already completed acclimatisation rotations and will attempt scaling the 8,848-metre peak this season.

"At least three different teams will begin their summit attempts on Monday," Shrestha said, according to the report.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 19:20 IST