Nepal records 1st summit of mountain above 8,000 meters this spring

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-24 10:35:32|Editor: Xiaoxia
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KATHMANDU, April 24 (Xinhua)-- A multinational team of climbers have reached the top of Mt. Annapurna, the 8,091-meter peak, recording the first successful summit to the mountain above 8,000 meters from the sea level in this spring season, Nepal's Department of Tourism said.

"As many as 32 people including 15 expedition members and their high-altitude Sherpa workers reached the top of one of the world's tallest mountain at around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday," Meera Acharya, director of Tourism Department, told Xinhua on Tuesday. "It is the first summit to the mountain above 8,000 meters this season."

Climbers from Nepal, China, Britain, South Korea, the United States, Switzerland, Japan, Norway and Turkey climbed Mt. Annapurna, according to Seven Summit Trek, which organized the expedition.

Four Chinese nationals also climbed the mountain, according to the list of summiteers made available to Xinhua by the Seven Summit Trek.

Mt. Annapurna is considered as one of the most dangerous mountains on the planet for the summiteers.

Among the climbers, Nirmal Purja, a former British Gurkha soldier, also reached the top of the mountain. He is on his mission to climb the world's 14 highest mountains in just seven months. In 2017, he had made history by scaling Mt. Qomolangma twice and also climbed Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu within just five days.

According to the Tourism Department, three different teams with expedition members of 23 have received the permits to climb Mt. Annapurna in this spring.

The Himalayan country has so far given climbing permits to 803 climbers associated with 95 expedition teams for summitting 25 different peaks of the country as of Monday, according to the statistics of the Tourism Department.