Over 150 climbers reached the summit of Mount Everest on Sunday alone, according to government officials at the Everest base camp.
Following the opening of a new favorable weather window on Saturday, hundreds of people left the base camp for the peak last night, according to Department of Tourism liaison officer Gyanendra Shrestha, who is currently at the base camp.
“We haven’t decided on a number yet. “A few more climbers are on their way up,” he adds.
Climbers who do not reach the summit today will have to wait until May 28-29 for another favorable weather window, according to Shrestha.
This season, the department has given Everest climbing permits to 408 people from 43 expeditions. This season’s number of aspiring Everest climbers is the highest ever recorded in a season. This number also represents more than half of the total climbing permits authorized this season for a total of 16 climbing peaks throughout the world. According to the department, permits have been given to 742 people from 85 expeditions so far.
Several Nepalese and international media outlets have documented a few Covid-19 cases at the base camp, but the government has dismissed the claims.