Hillary Step is intact – mountain guide Sherpa

26th May, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

SOLUKHUMBU, May 26: A Sherpa mountain guide has refuted the news that the Hillary Step on the face of Mt Everest has collapsed.

Various media had carried this news since some days. The mountain guide Pasang Tenzing Sherpa said the news about the collapsing of the Hillary Step is false. Two other Nepali mountaineers and an official looking after mountaineering affairs on the world's tallest peak corroborated this.

The mountaineers along with Sherpa and the official had returned after climbing Mt. Everest. According to them, Hillary Step which lies near the mountain peak is intact in its previous state.

Sherpa, who is also involved in opening the way on Mt Everest for climbers, said, "This time around, we have opened the route along the ridge on the edge of the Hillary Step. So the climbers who disseminated the news might have been confused as they did not see the Hillary Step. The Hillary Step is as is where it is."

Another climber who returned after summiting Mt Everest, Lila Basnet said Hillary Step was covered by snow

President of Nepal Mountaineering Association, Ang Tshering Sherpa also said the news that the Hillary Step is missing is not true.

"There is no impact of the earthquake on Hillary Step. Only a small part of the Step can be seen due to snow cover," he said.

It may be noted that the mountaineering route leading to the Mt Everest summit had been slightly altered in 2016 as climbing the tallest peak had been stopped due to a huge avalanche in 2014 and the Gorkha Earthquake in 2015. The altered route was opened passing just towards the right of the Hillary Step and not through it. The same route is used for climbing this season also.

The Hillary Step is the area around the South Summit at an altitude of 8,005 metres. This area on Mt Everest's face is named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who together with Nepal's Tenjing Norgey Sherpa, on May 29, 1953 created history by first climbing the world's highest mountain.RSS