Everest 2021: Nepal reports the first summit of the season, several expected in a few days

A rope-fixing team of climbers heads towards the peak of Mount Everest in May 2021. Photo: Seven Summit Treks

Kathmandu, May 8

A team of 12 Nepali climbers reached the summit of Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world, on Friday evening, making it the first expedition since 2019.

The team assigned to fix ropes for the following climbers made it to the peak at 6 pm yesterday, confirms the Department of Tourism’s Director Mira Acharya. She says several more teams are expected to climb the 8,848.86-metre peak in the next few days.

Seven Summit Treks, the company that managed the expedition, says the following were members of the team summitted Everest on Friday:

  1. Kami Rita Sherpa
  2. Phurtenzi Sherpa
  3. Lakpa Nurbu Sherpa
  4. Ngima Tashi Sherpa
  5. Mingma Tenji Sherpa
  6. Fura Tshering Sherpa
  7. Tenjing Sherpa
  8. Chheten Dorjee Sherpa
  9. Tenjing Gyaljen Sherpa
  10. Phurba Chhotar Sherpa
  11. Mingma Dorchi Sherpa
  12. Furba Kusang Sherpa

The department so far has issued Everest climbing permits to 408 members of 43 expeditions for this season. The number of aspiring Everest climbers this season is the highest recorded in a season so far.

The figure is also more than half of the total climbing permits issued for a total of 16 climbing peaks of the country for this season. The department says it has issued permits to 742 members of 85 expeditions so far.

Meanwhile, 1,200 people including climbers, guides, assistants and liaison officers have reached the base camp.

Several media outlets in and outside Nepal have reported a few Covid-19 cases at the base camp, but the government has rejected it.

Kami Rita’s record

Meanwhile, Nepal’s Kami Rita Sherpa broke his own record of climbing Everest for the highest number of times on Friday.

He reached the top of the world for the 25th time in his life as he led the rope-fixing team.

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