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Mt. Qomolangma re-opens for climbing from Nepali side

Updated:2008-05-15 13:08 | Source:

KATHMANDU, May 9 (Xinhua) -- With the Chinese mountaineering team successfully taking the Olympic torch to Mt. Qomolangma, the Nepali government also removed the ban on mountaineering expeditions to the highest peak in the world.

According to a leading website, THT Online Friday's report, Mt.Qomolangma will re-open for mountaineering expeditions from the south face from Sunday.

The highest peak in the world was closed for climbing following an April 2 cabinet decision. The route to Mt. Qomolangma from BaseCamp II upwards from Nepal's side was closed on Chinese government's request for smooth journey of Olympic torch to the Mt. Qomolangma top.

At least 41 expeditions are waiting at Base Camp II. Of them, 29 are on the way to scale Mt. Qomolangma while 12 are on the way to scale Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Choyu, said an official of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation.

On Thursday, Chinese climbers carrying the Olympic flame reached the summit.

Editor : LiuAnqi

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