Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Woman scales Everest from Nepal

The April 18 avalanche that swept the route near the base camp killed 16 Sherpa guides.

A Chinese woman and five Sherpa guides have scaled Mount Everest, becoming the first team to reach the peak from the Nepal side after a deadly avalanche last month sent climbers home.

A Nepalese Tourism Ministry official, Dipendra Paudel, said 40-year-old Wang Zing reached the 29,035ft (8,850m) summit with her Nepalese guides yesterday.

The April 18 avalanche that swept the route near the base camp killed 16 Sherpa guides. After the disaster, the guides refused to continue and teams cancelled their expeditions.

Wang, however, scaled the peak with her own guides.

Her team is the only one to scale Everest from the popular southern route from Nepal this season, which ends next week.

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