¡¡¡¡LAHSA, China, May 20 (Xinhuanet) -- A Japanese expedition became the first of
over 60 teams this year to step on the world's highest peak, Mount Qomolangma,
in China's Tibet Autonomous Regionon Tuesday, marking the 50th anniversary of
conquering the summit by human being.
¡¡¡¡At 11:15 (Beijing time), the team comprising Japanese climber Hiroyuki
Okochi, French mountain guide Philipe Grenier, and three sherpa helpers Pemba
Bhiring, Pemba Tenjin and Da Dendi, reached the top of the 8,848-meter-high
mountain from the north slope.
¡¡¡¡It was the first time for Okochi, 25, to reach the area more than 8,000
meters above the sea level, and the third time for sherpa Pemba Bhiring, 60, to
conquer the mountain. Pemba Bhiring is no doubt the eldest sherpa in this
¡¡¡¡Da Dendi, 21, became the youngest sherpa in this Spring to climb to the top
from the north slope.
¡¡¡¡Grenier, 49, had ever scaled the peak in 1992 from the south slope.
¡¡¡¡Amemiya Takashi, the head of the Japanese team, said," I am very much proud
of the success after making great efforts in 55 days."
¡¡¡¡The five-men squad left their last and the highest camp about 8,300 meters
above the sea level at about 04:00 (Beijing time). Theybriefed their teammates
at the main camp of their success through walkie-talkie at about 11:20 (Beijing
¡¡¡¡Following the Japanese team, two sherpa helpers from a U.S. team got to the
top at about 12:00 (Beijing time).
¡¡¡¡The weather in the mountainous region was extremely good at noon. Enditem