Third time is a charm? According to the state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua, a team of the Chinese expedition on the Tibetan north side of the mountain set off again yesterday, Sunday, from the Advanced Base Camp at 6,500 meters towards the summit of Mount Everest. If this time the weather and conditions on the mountain play along, the climbers would reach the highest point on earth at 8,850 meters on Wednesday. The first two attempts had failed due to bad weather and high avalanche danger. On 12 May, the team that fixed the ropes via the Northeast Ridge turned back at 8,600 meters, on 21 May they reached an altitude of 8,000 meters.
Light snowfall expected
Meteorologists expect light snowfall and wind speeds of between 17 and 26 kilometers per hour for the now planned summit day. Chinese surveyors have been commissioned to redetermine the exact height of Mount Everest at the summit. The values of previous measurements vary between 8,844 and 8,850 meters. The result of a Nepalese survey in spring 2019 is still pending.