46 years, Australia
At least six climbers successfully stood atop the world’s fourth highest peak making the season’s first ascent of the mountains above 8,000m.
Climber Mingma Gyalje Sherpa along with three fellow Sherpa and two Chinese climbers made it to the top of Mt Lhotse (8,516m) yesterday morning. “We are on Mt Lhotse summit now,” Sherpa shared.
A rope fixing team deployed by the Himalayan Guides has opened a route up to 7,800m on Mt Everest while another team led by Sherpa fixed ropes to the summit point on Mt Lhotse. Chinese climbers – Liu Yongzhong and Hong Dong Juan as well as Kili Pemba Sherpa, Tamding Sherpa and female climber Nima Jangmu Sherpa successfully climbed the peak at around 11:30 am.
The climbers opened a route making the first summit on the mountain this season, base camp officials said, adding that all climbers have now arrived at Camp IV. Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse share the same route up to the Yellow Band beyond Camp III.
A record at the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, at least 88 climbers of different eight teams are attempting to climb Mt Lhotse this season.