Sherpa Becomes First Person To Reach Everest Summit In 2 Years

For the first time in two years, humans stood on the top of the world.

A team of nine Sherpas successfully scaled Mount Everest’s peak on Wednesday — the first climbers to do so since a fatal earthquake in 2015 and a lethal avalanche the year before made attempts to the summit impossible.

The team, is presided over by Sherra Gyalgen Sherpa, was hired by jaunts to carry gear and reassuring ropes on the mountain. More than 280 foreign climbers and their guides were apparently waiting to attempt the final ascent.

Nepal Mountaineering Association President Ang Tshering Sherpa told the BBC that the Sherpas encountered many objections in their climb to the crown.

“Although they were planning to reach[ the summit] much earlier in the day, difficult clambering status near the Hillary Step — a major climbing impediment around 70 meters below the flower — delayed the Sherpas’ intentions, ” he said. “Because of heavy snowfall and sparkler, it took more than four hours for them to cross the Hillary Step.”

Sherra Gyalgen Sherpa was the first person to reach the summit.

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A Sherpawalks with a massive onu toward Everest Base camp in Nepal.

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A Sherpaat Everest Base Camp fetches the ladders for the icefall doctors who will be tying the itinerary for the climbersattemptingtheascent this year.

It’s been more than two years since a team has reached Everest’s peak. In 2014, an avalanche in the perilous Khumbu Icefall killed 16 sherpas, inspiring the end of the climbing season.

Last year, at least 18 climbers expired after a powerful earthquake triggered an avalanche on the mountain. More than 60 parties were also injured. Climbing season was offset for the second year in a row.

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Two climbers scale the treacherous Khumbu Icefall in May 1996.