As spring's climbing season kicks in, 41 teams of Nepali and foreign climbers, including 77 Indian hikers, have embarked on a three-month expedition on Tuesday to reach the world's highest peak - Mount Everest.
"This spring's first ascent on Everest is likely to take place on Tuesday. The rope fixing team of Sherpas have already made their way to the summit and is planning to continue their works above so as to reach the summit tomorrow afternoon," said Everest Climber and famous liaison officer Gyanendra Shrestha from the Everest Base Camp.
A total of 378 climbers belonging to 41 expedition teams have received a permit from the Department of Tourism to climb Mount Everest this spring. Of them, 13 are Nepali nationals.
The number of climbers getting permission this year is higher than the same season last year.
In spring of 2018, a total of 346 mountaineers of 38 expedition teams were granted permission to scale the highest peak. Spring is the main season to climb Mount Everest and other peaks of Nepal.
Altogether, a total of 842 climbers belonging to 106 expedition teams have received permission to climb different 30 peaks including Everest this spring.
Besides Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Amadablam, Nuptse, Saribung and Annapurna are major peaks for which the climbers have received permission to climb this spring.
Earlier, a total of 3,000 kilograms of solid waste has been collected from Mt Everest since April 14, when Nepal launched an ambitious clean-up campaign aimed at bringing back tonnes of trash from the world's highest peak, which has lately turned into a "garbage dump".
The 45-day 'Everest Cleaning Campaign', led by Solukhumbu district's Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality began on April 14 with the Nepali new year and aims to collect nearly 10,000 kilograms of garbage from Mt Everest.
Dandu Raj Ghimire, Director General of Department of Tourism, informed at a press conference on Sunday that of the 3,000-kilogramme garbage collected so far, 2,000 kilograms had been sent to Okhaldhunga while the remaining 1,000 kilograms were brought to Kathmandu using Nepali Army helicopters for disposal.