It is the end of Everest Spring 2020 season! May 28th, a final group of climbers arrived on top of Mount Everest. They were part of the only expedition of the season, organized on the Tibetan side. After the spectacular images of the climbers broadcasted on May 27th on Chinese television (in French), some 14 clients made the summit. They were accompanied by 21 guides and porters. Among them, a 16-year-old teenager, reports Mingma G. Sherpa! These ascents were made with the help of bottled oxygen. The restrictions imposed by the global pandemic had resulted in the cancellation of expeditions on both sides. At the very last moment, the Chinese authorities had agreed with the organization of a single 100% Chinese expedition on their side of the mountain.
51 summiters within 3 days!
In a couple of days following the ropes fixing until the summit, some 51 climbers have reached the top of Mount Everest.
|Ropes-Fixing team (May 26)||6|
|Surveyors + guides (May 27)||2 + 8|
|Clients + guides (May 28)||14 + 21|
|Total (Spring 2020)||51|
Just a week ago, the assumption of a no summit season was more than likely. But it only took one last weather window for the Chinese expedition to reach the summit.
An almost empty Everest, far from last year traffic jams!
With nearly 900 summiters during spring 2019 season, Mount Everest recorded a drop in attendance this year of almost -90%. All the ascents were only made on the Tibetan side. On the Nepalese side (Southern side), there was nobody, while it has traditionally been the busiest route. No queues and no traffic jams at Mount Everest, a situation contrasting with the last 4 years. And good news at this point, there were no casualties this spring. By spring 2019, more than 10 climbers had lost their lives on Mount Everest.
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