The Mercury

Foreigners return to climb Mount Everest

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FOREIGNERS climbed Mount Everest for the first time since Nepal’s government reopened the mountain after it was shut last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, despite recent coronaviru­s cases at its base camp.

Thirty-eight climbers including 10 Bahraini and two British mountainee­rs climbed the world’s highest mountain yesterday.

It comes as a few climbers were evacuated from the Everest base camp in April with symptoms of Covid-19.

Nepal closed the mountain in March last year due to the pandemic, but reopened for this year’s climbing season starting in April, issuing a record of 408 permits granting access to the 8 848.86m peak.

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