Six Tibetan mountaineers who have been fixing the ropes for the Chinese expedition on the north side of Mount Everest reached the summit at 8,850 meters today. This is reported by Mingma Gyalje Sherpa. The head of the Nepalese expedition operator Imagine Nepal has direct contact with the Chinese expedition. Previously the rope-fixing team had to turn back twice due to bad weather and high avalanche danger, first at 8,600 meters, then at 8,000 meters.
Further ascents planned for Wednesday and Thursday
It is the first Everest summit success this spring. According to Mingma, several Chinese surveyors are to reach the highest point on earth tomorrow, Wednesday. Their mission is to determine the exact altitude of Mount Everest anew. It is planned that afterwards on Thursday the paying clients of the Chinese operator Yarla Shampo Expeditions will ascend to the summit.
The expedition is the only one this spring that has received permission to climb Everest. The Sino-Tibetan authorities had closed the north side of the mountain to foreign climbers due to the corona pandemic. For the same reason, the Nepalese government did not issue any permits for the south side of Everest this spring.