Summits on Everest and Lhotse

At around 1:45pm, at least eight Nepali climbers reached the summit of Everest from the south side.

The rope-fixing team had climbed as high as the 8,440m Balcony yesterday. They pushed on to the summit today and waves of foreign climbers will follow them if the weather holds.

Siddhi Bahadur Tamang led the experienced group of Nepalis, which included Pasdawa Sherpa, Ang Phurba Sherpa, Dawa Nurbu Sherpa, Dorji Gyaljen Sherpa, Pasang Dawa Sherpa, Ming Dorchi Sherpa and Sangbu Bhote.

Over on Lhotse, seven Sherpas from Imagine Nepal and five clients from China, Greece and Pakistan reached the 8,516m summit this morning. Sirbaz Khan is reportedly the first Pakistani to summit Lhotse and Christina Flampouri the first Greek woman.

Martin Walsh is a freelance writer and wildlife photographer based in Da Lat, Vietnam. A history graduate from the University of Nottingham, Martin's career arc is something of a smörgåsbord. A largely unsuccessful basketball coach in Zimbabwe and the Indian Himalaya, a reluctant business lobbyist in London, and an interior design project manager in Saigon. He has been fortunate enough to see some of the world. Highlights include tracking tigers on foot in Nepal, white-water rafting the Nile, bumbling his way from London to Istanbul on a bicycle, feeding wild hyenas with his face in Ethiopia, and accidentally interviewing Hezbollah in Lebanon. His areas of expertise include adventure travel, hiking, wildlife, and half-forgotten early 2000s indie-rock bands.

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