Over 200 climb Mt Everest

Mt Everest

Mt EverestĀ (File Photo)

More than 100 climbers of different expedition teams reached the summit of Mt Everest from the Nepali side on Monday.

The climbers took advantage of a good weather window to climb the 8,848-meter peak.

Another 100 climbers had reached the summit on Sunday. Before that, 14 climbers, including three members of British Gurkhas Expeditions, had reached the summit of the tallest peak in the world.

Altogether, 454 climbers had climbed Mt Everest last year.

Meanwhile, government officials have refuted media reports that the Hillary Step, an outcrop along the route about 58 meters below the summit, has collapsed. The Hillary Step is still intact, say the officials of the Department of Tourism which issues permits to climber

A section of media had claimed that the 12-meter outcrop had collapsed.

FIVE DIE ON EVEREST

Everest has claimed five lives so far.

The number reached six after the body of Indian climber Ravi Kumar, who had gone missing since Sunday while making a descent from the summit, was found. The Indian climber had fallen some 200 meters down the mountain into a deep gorge.

On Sunday, US climber Roland Yearwood and Vladir Starba of Slovakia breathed their last while trying to conquer Everest. Similarly, seasoned Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck died on April 30.

Similarly, Nepali climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, who was 85, died at base camp early in May while on his way toward the summit. He was hoping to set a world record by becoming the oldest person on Everest summit.

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