Rush for Everest glory, records begin

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
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  • Updated: May 20, 2013 01:18 IST

Some people are never easily satisfied. Spanish climber David Liano Gonzalez belongs to that tribe.

On Sunday morning, the 33-year-old reached the summit of Mount Everest (8,848 m) from the north (Tibet) side. This was his fifth ascent of the world's highest peak.

More significantly, Gonzalez achieved this feat just eight days after scaling the peak on May 11 from the south (Nepal) side -becoming the first person to complete 'double summit' in one climbing season.

"At 4:30 am on May 19, I came back to the top of the world.….achieving the double promotion," he wrote on his website soon after creating the record.

Gonzalez is among hundreds of climbers from across the world rushing towards the Everest summit within the 'weather window' of eight days beginning May 18.

Nine members of a joint team of army personnel from Nepal and India also reached the peak at 9:00 am on Sunday. The team is on a mission to clean garbage from the mountain. 

On Saturday, as many as 64 climbers reached the peak from the Nepal side. They included Raha Moharrak, who became the first Saudi Arabian woman to scale Everest.

The 25-year-old is part of 'Arabs with Altitude' which includes a Qatari royal, an Iranian entrepreneur and a Palestinian businessman.

Eleven Sherpas were the first to reach the peak this season on May 10. Till Friday, 43 climbers had reached the peak - the first rush for the peak began Saturday.

"Till Sunday, 248 climbers have reached the peak," said Tilak Pandey, an official of Nepal government's tourism ministry.


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