KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Chinese woman and five Sherpa guides have scaled Mount Everest, becoming the first team to reach the peak from the Nepal side after a deadly avalanche last month sent climbers home.
A Nepalese Tourism Ministry official, Dipendra Paudel, said Saturday that 40-year-old Wang Zing reached the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit on Friday with her Nepalese guides.
The April 18 avalanche that swept the route near the base camp killed 16 Sherpa guides. After the disaster, the guides refused to continue and teams canceled their expeditions.
Wang, however, scaled the peak with her own guides.
Her team is the only one to scale Everest from the popular southern route from Nepal this season, which ends next week.