Everest season starts as Imagine Nepal fixes rope to the summit

Imagine Nepal’s rope-fixing team. Photo courtesy: Mingma G.

Kathmandu, May 13

The season’s first Everest summit has been recorded as the rope-fixing team from Imagine Nepal reached the summit of the mountain on Saturday afternoon.

The team, led by IFMGA guide Dawa Gyalje Sherpa, reached the summit of the mountain at 1:52 pm on Saturday. Nine Nepali climbers reached the summit opening the routes for others to follow.

“This has not been easy due to variable weather, but our team has done it,” says Mingma G from Imagine Nepal. “It was an emotional, mental and physical challenge.”

Nima Nuru Sherpa, Lhakpa Sona Sherpa, Dipen Gurung, Pasang Ngima Sherpa, Lhakpa Tenjing Sherpa, Phur Galjen Sherpa, Dawa Jangbu Sherpa and Suman Gurung along with Dawa Gyalje were involved in rope fixing at Everest this year.

Imagine Nepal has said it is also bringing back old ropes from the mountain.

“Our team will continue to collect more rubbish from south Cole and above upon returning from the summit,” says Mingma G.

Nearly 500 people have obtained the permit to climb Everest this year. Some will begin their summit push on Saturday evening, say sources from the mountain.

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