About 500 climbers scale Mr. Everest this spring with 6 deaths


13th Jun, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHAMNDU, June 13 : At least 449 climbers including 190 foreigner’s successfully ascended world’s highest peak in the spring climbing season of 2017 after a team of rope-fixing climbers opened a climbing route to the Mt Everest summit on May 15.

With the closure of the climbing season, the world’s highest mountain also recorded sixth deaths this spring, officials said.

According to the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, at least 164 foreign climbers who obtained climbing permits for Mt Everest, however, failed to make it to the summit.

The department issued 375 climbing permits representing 42 teams for Mt Everest in the spring season.

With 449 standing atop the roof of the world this year, the world’s highest peak recorded at least 5,328 summits till date after Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first to reach the summit of Mt Everest on 29 May, 1953. Last year, at least 452 climbers including 197 foreigners scaled Mt Everest, according to the data compiled by DoT.

The DoT issues Mt Everest permit to the foreign climbers charging US$ 11,000 each as royalty. Roland Yearwood, Vladimir Strba, Ravi Kumar, Min Bahadur Sherchan, Goth Kubir Rai and Ueli Steck are the deceased this year who lost their lives while attempting to reach atop of Mt Everest this spring.

The DoT record shows that there were 109 expeditions comprising 840 members obtained climbing permits for different mountains in the spring season. Among the expedition members, 113 climbers obtained permits for Mt Lhotse, 77 for Mt Dhaulagiri, 45 for Mt Makalu and 14 for Mt Annapurna.

High winds as well as technical and logistic issues also barred at least 29 expedition members along with their support staff from standing atop Mt Kanchenjunga (Main – 8,586 m and South – 8,476 m), Mt Manaslu (8,163 m) and Mt Yalung Kang (8,505 m), the DoT official added.