TAPLEJUNG: This morning, a father and son team from Nepal scaled the world’s highest peak, Sagarmatha (Mt Everest).
According to Himalayan Guides Nepal Treks and Expedition Pvt Ltd, which facilitated the expedition, Sonam Sherpa, 16, and his father Purna Kumar (PK) Sherpa, of Maiwakhola Rural Municipality-4 in Taplejung district, reached the summit of the 8,848.86-meter mountain at 8:50 a.m. today.
Ishwori Pokharel, the manager of Himalayan Guides, revealed that Sonam arrived at Everest Camp a month ago to finalize plans for the expedition, while his father arrived at the end of April.
There was no clear weather for a summit for a while, giving the father-son team plenty of time to acclimate and relax at Everest Base Camp.
They resumed their summit bid this morning, with the weather improving, and set their feet atop the Sagarmatha, according to Mira Acharya of the Department of Tourism.
“We received information from the higher camps of Sagarmatha about the good ascent of the father and son this morning,” Acharya explained. We will verify and accredit their successful ascent once the expedition report is provided,” said Acharya from Everest Base Camp.
Sonam will be the youngest person to climb Sagarmatha from the southeast ridge, according to her (from the Nepal side). However, she mentioned that a permit for the Everest expedition could not be granted to someone under the age of 16.
In Nepal, those under the age of 16 are not permitted to participate in the Everest expedition.
On April 8 of this year, Sherpa received his citizenship identification card. According to his citizenship identification card, he was born on February 26, 2005.
Since Temba Tsheri Sherpa of Dolakha district set the record on May 23, 2001, when he was 16 years and 14 days old, the record for the youngest Nepali climber in Nepal has remained unbroken.