KATHMANDU : Eight Nepali climbers reached the top of Mount Everest on Sunday, the first of  hundreds of climbers -

Expected to Summit the world's highest mountain in coming weeks.

The team reached the summit on Sunday afternoon while fixing ropes for foreign climbers, who will begin this week to ascend the mountain.

Iswari Paudel of Himalayan Guides Nepal, confirmed the team has scaled the mountain.

''This has paved the way for other climbers to reach the summit as well. If weather permits, we  will see many summits this week,'' he said.

Nepal has issued 346 permits to mountaineer's for this year's spring climbing season, which runs from mid-April to the end of May.

Another 180 climbers are preparing to summit Everest from its north side in Tibet, according to the China Tibet Mountaineering Association.

A boom in climbers has made mountaineering a lucrative business since Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent in 1953. [AFP]


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