Kathmandu: Two years after deadly disasters forced closure of the trek to the top of world's highest mountain, 9 Sherpa climbers reached the summit of Mount Everest on Wednesday.
The group reached the summit at 5:02 pm yesterday. Tier success is opening up a route to the 8,850-metre summit was important as there is now a clearly defined track for other climbers to follow.
The 9 Sherpas, called as 'Icefall Doctors', work as high-altitude guides for those aspiring to scale the Everest.
As many as 12 foreign climbers are waiting to attempt the final ascent today. In total, 289 climbers are in a bid to climb Mount Everest. The success rate of 'mission Everest' is said to only around 50-60%.
Everest expeditions were called off in April 2014 after a massive avalanche near the Base Camp killed 14 Nepali guides. In 2015, climbers had arrived at the Base Camp to attempt a mission but avalanches triggered by the massive earthquake that hit Nepal that year killed 19 climbers, forcing the government to shut down the expedition once more.