KATHMANDU, Nepal– Chinese national Wang Jing, 41, has become a first person to scale the world’s tallest peak Mount Everest from Nepal side, this spring. Her conquer on Everest came Friday amidst a protest and cancel of the Everest expedition by some mountaineer and their Sherpa guides.
Veteran climber Wang was accompanied by five high-altitude Sherpa guides and a member of the Himalayan Experience Everest 2014. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has confirmed her climbing.
But her success on the peak has also drawn severe criticism since she flew to Camp II via a chopper, at an elevation of 6400 metres where most climbers spend time to adjust high altitude. She was forced to fly as the route below had not been accomplished.
Normally, flights are not made at Camp II except for transportation of equipment and in few emergency cases.
Multiple sources at the Ministry said it has not made any concrete decision to recognize her ascent; however, the Ministry officials seem glad that Wang and her accompanying Sherpas took the risk.
Mountaineers’ movements in the Everest have almost dropped to zero following an avalanche on April 18 that swept away sixteen Sherpa guides and high-altitude workers.
As many as 390 mountaineers quit their Everest bid this summer due to avalanche.