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Indian climbers get maximum permits to scale Mount Everest

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

Nearly 80 Indian climbers were allowed to scale this season, the highest in a list of 381 international expeditioners permitted to climb the world's highest peak, an said Friday.

Indian climbers topped the list of aspirants this spring as 78 Indian nationals were granted permission to climb the 8,848-meter peak from the Nepalese side, Mira Acharya, Department of Tourism, told

Americans came second with a total of 75 climbers getting the permission, Acharya said.

In the past, the Europeans outnumbered the foreign climbers and very few climbed the mountains, she said.

Around 600 people, including international and Nepalese climbers, Sherpa mountain guides and porters have reached the summit this season.

opened the climbing route to the world's highest peak on May 14, when a team of eight Sherpas successfully scaled the Mount Everest, becoming the first team to reach the summit.

On May 24, the largest number of climbers numbering over 200 headed towards

The next window to climb Everest is on May 27, she said, adding that there are around 100 climbers waiting to conquer the peak on Monday.

Eight Indian mountaineers have died during their expedition to the world's highest peak during this season.

A total of 16 climbers have died on Mount Everest this season.

Hundreds of climbers flock each year to - home to several of the world's highest mountains, to scale the peaks during the spring season that begins around March and ends in June.

Nearly 6,000 climbers have scaled the summit since and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay first conquered Mount Everest in 1953.

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First Published: Fri, May 24 2019. 18:31 IST