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Chinese woman summits Everest, helped by chopper lift

Published on May 24, 2014 7:51 PM
 
In this photograph taken on April 18, 2014, Everest Base Camp is seen from Crampon Point, the entrance into the Khumbu icefall below Mount Everest, following an avalanche that killed sixteen Nepalese sherpas in the Khumbu icefall. A Chinese woman became the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest this season, officials said on Saturday, but the climb was clouded by controversy because she took a helicopter part of the way. -- PHOTO: AFP

KATHMANDU (AFP) - A Chinese woman became the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest this season, officials said on Saturday, but the climb was clouded by controversy because she took a helicopter part of the way.

Forty-one-year-old Wang Jing, reached Everest summit late Friday, accompanied by five Nepalese sherpas, tourism ministry official Madhusudhan Burlakoti told AFP.

"Wang is the first climber to scale Mt Everest from Nepal side and they are now on way back," he said.

But he said that the Nepalese officials had not yet decided whether to log the climb as an official ascent of 8,848m mountain because she used a helicopter for a big part of the way.

 
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