Over 100 mountaineers scale Mt Everest in 2 days

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Kathmandu, May 24 (UNI) More than 100 mountaineers including a Nepali journalist have climbed the Mt Everest in the last two days, creating a new record in the history of mountaineering.

Nepal's Appa Sherpa climbed the Everest, the highest peak for for a record 18th time on Thursday, officials said.

The Nepalese government had banned the climibing of Mt Everest due to Chinese pressure during the Olympic torch relay so there is a rush to climb as the spring season of climbing comes to an end making climbing very difficult.

The rush to step atop Mt Everest continues, with 22 climbers scaling the planet's tallest peak yesterday, while a Swiss mountaineer died on the way to the summit.

The summiteers include 13 Nepali high altitude workers and nine foreign mountaineers, local media quoted an official at the Tourism Ministry as saying.

The official said Uwe Gianni Goltz, 44, a veteran mountaineer from Switzerland, died while attempting to reach the summit. He is the first victim of Mt Everest this spring season. More than 200 climbers have died attempting to scale Everest since it was conquered in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa of Nepal and Edmund Hillary of New Zealand.

Nepali journalist Mingma Dorje Sherpa, a Solukhumbu correspondent of Nepal Television was among the climbers.

The latest report shows that 86 climbers reached the top of Mt Everest on Thursday, the highest number of climbers to scale the world's tallest peak on a single day from the Nepal side.

The weather condition on the Everest is getting more and more adverse, forcing many climbers to halt their attempt on the summit.

''We have fresh reports, stating that many climbers have temporarily halted the attempt to reach the top of Mt Everest,'' Kantipur quoted Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association as saying.

''But, the weather is expected to improve soon,'' he added.

Mountaineers from more than 100 countries have scaled the highest peak since the first conquest by Sherpa and Hillary.

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