July,12,2023: In the spring season of this year, a total of 644 climbers, including guides, reached the summit of Mount Sagarmatha (Mount Everest), the highest peak in the world. Among them, 287 climbers and 359 guides were able to reach the summit via the South Col route, as reported by the Department of Tourism. This season witnessed the highest number of climbers reaching both the South Col and the summit of Sagarmatha. In history, it is the first time that so many climbers have reached both locations in a single season. The historic first ascent of Sagarmatha was made by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary on May 29, 1953. Among the total climbers attempting the ascent of Sagarmatha, there were 61 women.

Out of the 359 guides accompanying the climbers, all of them were male. The department mentions that some guides might not have been included in the list due to not maintaining direct contact. For this season, a total of 478 individuals from 376 countries obtained permits for climbing Sagarmatha. Prior to this, in the autumn and spring seasons of 2013, 242 climbers and 336 guides, totaling 461 individuals, had reached the summit of Sagarmatha via the South Col route.

In 2018, a total of 262 climbers and 298 guides reached the summit, making it a total of 560 individuals. Similarly, in 2019, 280 climbers and 364 guides successfully reached the summit, totaling 644 individuals. Due to the earthquake in 2015 and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, climbing Sagarmatha was not allowed. However, in 2021, 183 climbers and 276 guides successfully reached the summit, making it a total of 459 individuals. Along with Mount Sagarmatha, successful ascents were made on various other mountains during this year’s spring season, totaling around 10 different peak

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