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May 27, 2020

Chinese survey team reaches on top of Mt. Everest

Members of a Chinese surveying team reach the summit of Mt. Qomolangma on May 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Penpa)

Kathmandu: At a time when the number of mountaineers for Mt Everest summit is almost negligible these days due to Covid-19 pandemic, a Chinese survey team has reached on the top of the Mt. Everest (Chinese name -Mt. Qomolangma) on Wednesday according to CGTN sources.

Xinhua news sources also said the Chinese survey team of eight members reached on the top of the Mt Everest from the northern side which is the route to summit Mt Everest from Chinese side.

The team had reached the assault camp elevated at an altitude of 8300 meters and left for the summit from the second base camp situated at an altitude of 7790 meters on Tuesday.

Members of a Chinese surveying team head for the summit of Mt. Qomolangma on May 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Tashi Tsering)

Chinese news agency CGTN said it was possible for the Chinese survey team to reach atop Mt Everest as the weather was suitable enough at that time. The team has established an observation pole there which can be utilized to collect various essential data in future.

China had carried out the first measurement of the Mt Everest on April 30 after which it was postponed due to the bad weather conditions.

According to Xinhua, the Chinese surveyors had measured the height of the Mt. Everest at least six times after the foundation of republic China in 1949. In 1975, the Everest height was 8848.13 meters and in 2005 the height was 8848.43 meters.

Nepal had also sent a team of survey team last year to measure the height of the Mt Everest in which the members of the Survey Department were involved. However the result has not been published.

Another Chinese team had established 5-G network at the top of Mt. Everest recently.

“­­The measurement campaign marked the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mt. Qomolangma, which lies on the border between China and Nepal, from the north slope that is notorious among mountaineers for its harsh conditions,” reported CGTN on Wednesday.

Three young Chinese mountaineers – Wang Fuzhou, Qu Yinhua, and Gonpo – accomplished the task of conquering the world’s highest peak from its difficult northern slope for the first time in human history on May 25, 1960.

In 1975, ethnic Tibetan Phantog became the first Chinese woman to ascend Mt. Qomolangma when a Chinese mountaineering team reached the top and helped surveyors from nine observation stations near the mountain calculate that it stood precisely 8,848.13 meters tall.

Three years later, Reinhold Messner of Italy and Austria’s Peter Habeler achieved what had been previously thought impossible: climbing to the Qomolangma summit without oxygen aid.

Chinese surveyors set out from the advance camp at an altitude of 6,500 meters on Mount Qomolangma, May 24, 2020.

Staff members gather at a command center at the Mount Qomolangma base camp in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, May 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Sun Fei)

In a pair of mountaineering firsts, a multinational team of climbers from Nepal, China, and Japan scaled Mt. Qomolangma simultaneously from two directions on May 5, 1988, and made a live television broadcast from atop the mountain.

On May 8, 2008, the Olympic flame was carried to the top of Mt. Qomolangma, in an emotional highlight of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games torch relay.

Live: Chinese climbing team approaches peak of Mount Qomolangma

Live: Chinese climbing team approaches peak of Mount Qomolangma A Chinese climbing team tasked with measuring the height of Mount Qomolangma is approaching the peak of the world’s tallest mountain.

Posted by CGTN on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

More than 100 amateur mountaineers have summited Mt. Qomolangma since 2009. In 2012, four students from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) reached the top of Qomolangma, in the first-ever successful ascent by a college mountaineering team.

The desire to scale Qomolangma has never died. But human activities have had a negative impact on the environment of the mountain.

Apart from more expeditions, the past decade has also witnessed increased awareness in China of protecting the environment on Qomolangma, at both governmental and individual levels.

Since 2017, local authorities in the Tibet Autonomous Region have organized large-scale activities to remove garbage from the mountain. During three large-scale garbage collection operations carried out in 2018, more than eight tons of household trash, mountaineering, and human waste were disposed of.

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