Over 6,500 mountaineers have climbed Mount Everest
Kathmandu, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) At least 6,507 mountaineers have climbed Mount Everest on the Nepal side to date, since Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Edmund Percival Hillary conquered the highest mountain in the world in 1953.
This and other figures are included in the latest annual mountain climbing statistics published by the Ministry of Tourism.
Of the 6,507 people that climbed the 8,848 m of the rightly called Top of the World 471 are women, Japanese climber Junko Tabei being the first lady to reach the top in 1975, The Kathmandu Post reported.
Mount Everest stretches between Nepal and China, and its summit can be reached from both countries.
The Minsitry of Tourism of Nepal started to collect details of the events that have taken place in Mount Everest since 1922, when seven Sherpa mountaineers were killed in an avalanche, thus becoming the first recorded deaths on this majestic mountain.
This year, the Covid-19 pandemic kept expeditions away for the second time. There were no climbs in 2015 either due to the devastating earthquake in April of that year in Nepal, which killed 9,000 people.
Last year was full of records set on the highest peak of the world. On May 22 and 23 a total of 223 and 212 climbers reached the summit, which has been recorded as the highest number of mountaineers on the top of the Everest on a particular day.
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