Two Chinese teams on Everest launched their summit bids earlier this week. Pixabay photo.
After Nepal and China completely blocked foreign access to Mt. Everest for this climbing season during the COVID-19 pandemic, two Chinese teams were allowed on the mountain. One team is a commercial expedition, while the other is a group of researchers who are there to make the most accurate survey the mountain yet while there is no traffic on the peak. With bad weather keeping teams in Base Camp for the past few weeks, a window has finally opened up and both teams set out Monday to push for the summit.
A rope fixing crew had managed to put in fixed lines to 8600 meters according to The Adventure Blog, but were turned around due to high winds up high. They will climb ahead of their other team members to finish putting in lines to the summit. If all goes to plan, the climbers should summit by the end of the week.
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