8 rope-fixing members open climbing route of Mt Everest from Nepal side

13th May, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, May 13: A team of 8 rope-fixing climbers on Sunday stood atop the world's highest peak Mount Everest, becoming the first team of 2018 to reach the summit.

A team of Sherpas reached the top from south face in Nepal to open a climbing route to the summit point for other climbers. The rope-fixing team was assigned for the task from Camp II to top of the 8,848 meter by Himalayan Guides Nepal.

"A team of 8 members reached the summit point at 3:30 pm local time today. Now, the climbing route has been officially opened for all the domestic and foreign climbers gathered at the base camp and in higher camps," Iswari Paudel, Managing Dircetor at Himalayan Guides Nepal, told Xinhua.

The first climbing members to set foot on Everest include Pasang Tenjing Sherpa, Pasdawa Sherpa, Lakpa Dendi Sherpa, Jen Jen Lama, Siddi Bahadur Tamang, Pemba Chhiri Sherpa, Tenzing Gyaljen Sherpa and Datuk Bhote.

The climbing route was constructed manually with aluminium ladders and ropes taking weeks depending upon the weather.

May is regarded as the perfect window for the Everest expedition in terms of favorable weather between winter and monsoon. In 2017, the rope fixing task was completed on May 15.

The ascent of the 8 climbers has paved the way for all the commercial and independent summits of this spring season. As the route is open now, the rope-fixing Sherpas will return to base camp and escort their clients to the summit.

According to Nepal's Tourism Department, the official government body which issues climbing permits for the Everest expedition, 346 mountaineers from 38 Nepali and foreign teams have taken the permits for expedition this year.

"This year, my company is managing expedition of 9 climbers from China along with a Nepali climber. They will start off for summit bid from the base camp by Tuesday," Temba Tshering Sherpa, a record holder climber who runs Sherpa Khangri expedition company told Xinhua from the base camp.

Mt. Everest has not only been an identity of this least developed country but also a major source of revenue.
According to the Nepali regulation, every foreigner needs to pay 11,000 U.S. dollars as royalty while a Nepali climber has to pay NRs 75,000 (710 U.S. dollars) to scale the mountain.