KATHMANDU, June 16 (Xinhua) -- The Nepalese government has recognized the ascent of Mount Qomolangma (Mt. Everest) by a Chinese woman, a sole climber of the world's highest peak in this year's spring season, officials said on Monday.
They also said no matter how and in what way the adventurer scaled the peak, the government has recorded her victory which will remain documented forever.
Wang Jing, 40, an entrepreneur from China, conquered Mount Qomolangma on May 23. However, she had been dragged into controversy after some stakeholders in Nepal accused her of using a chopper to win the deadly peak.
Jing on June 8 admitted she did take a helicopter to fly from the base camp at an altitude of 5,364 meters to Camp II at 6,400 meters since the route between was damaged by an avalanche.
"After Jing turned up with proof that she ascended Everest, we have recognized her victory despite the controversy," Madhusudhan Burlakoti, a high-level official at Nepal's Tourism Ministry, told Xinhua over phone.
With the Nepalese government accepting the feat of Jing, she has become the only conqueror of Mount Qomolangma after the country's mountaineering expedition during this spring season came to an abrupt halt following a deadly avalanche in mountainous region that claimed 16 lives.
Burlakoti, who leads the mountaineering division at the ministry, said that Jing is yet to receive her certificate and added, "We will present her the certificate of her successful victory to the Everest whenever she comes."
Officials of the ministry also ruled out any possibility of punishing the Chinese woman for violating the mountaineering rule of Nepal by using the chopper in the snowy region, stating that it was the job of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) to look after the controversy.
Several CAAN high ranking officials told Xinhua the aviation regulatory body has not proceeded with any investigation into the case.
Nepal normally allows helicopters above Qomolangma base camp located at about 5,400 meters to rescue climbers in distress or to drop climbing equipment and supplies.