June 11, 2017
This spring season which ended on May 31, witnessed the fourth highest number of successes with a total of 445 climbers reaching the summit of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. Of them 190 were foreigners, 223 mountain guides and 32 fee paying Nepalese climbers.
In 2016, 451 people including 197 foreigners climbed the Everest. Over 5,000 climbers have successfully reached the summit of Everest since Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa first scaled the world’s tallest mountain in 1953.
Until now, 5,324 climbers summited the 8,848 metre peak. Five people have lost their lives on the mountain during this season while many people had to come back as powerful winds obstructed them from climbing at the end of the season, according to an official at the Department of Tourism.
The climbing of the Mt. Everest was closed for two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015 because of fatal avalanches. Then in 2015, 19 people dies due to earth quake triggered avalanches. Not a single climb was made in 2015.