Gurkhas first to summit Everest from south
It’s been confirmed that at 14:08 Nepal time, three teammembers from the Gurkha Everest Expedition 2017 team became the first to summit from the south side this year.
The Gurkhas were the first to find Ueli Steck’s body after he fell from Nuptse on April 30th. Trek & Mountain’s Technical Editor, Alun Richardson, is embedded with the team as official photographer.
According to the Himalayan Times, “A team of rope-fixing climbers successfully scaled Mt Everest from Nepal side after they opened a climbing route to the summit point of the world’s highest peak on Monday afternoon. Base camp officials told THT Online over phone that a team of climbers including Pema Chhiring and Pem Chhiri from Gaurishankar of Rolwaling reached the summit point at around 1:25 pm, becoming the season’s first team to scale Mt Everest from Nepal side.
“At least 12 other climbers including team leader for the British Gurkha Everest Expedition and Chairman of Himalayan Ski Trek Krishna Thapa Magar, Managing Director of Pioneer Adventure Treks Lakpa Sherpa, climbers Thimi Lendup Gurungand Pasang Sherpa among others also reached the summit point, the base camp officials said, referring to the satellite communications made from top of the Mt Everest at 1:30 pm.
“Others who stood atop the world’s highest peak are Kanchha Nuru Sherpa, Lakpa Gelu Sherpa and Sonam Janbu Sherpa. “They have opened a climbing route by fixing ropes to the summit point,” Phurba Tenjing Sherpa, a 10-time Everester, said from the base camp. Pema Chhiring and Pem Chhiri were also part of the British Gurkha Expedition, he said.”