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Thursday 8 December 2016

Two Britons among first foreign climbers to scale Everest in two years

Published 12/05/2016 | 06:41

Six climbers reached the 29,035ft peak early on Thursday and are already heading to lower camps (AP)
Six climbers reached the 29,035ft peak early on Thursday and are already heading to lower camps (AP)

Two British climbers and one Mexican have become the first foreigners to reach the summit of Mount Everest in two years.

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Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said the three climbers and three Nepalese guides reached the 29,035ft peak early on Thursday and are already heading to lower camps.

The British climbers are Kenton Cool and Robert Richard Lucas and the Mexican is David Liano Gonzalez.

A group of nine Nepalese guides fixing ropes for their foreign clients also reached the summit on Wednesday.

Last year's climbing season was cancelled after an avalanche triggered by a powerful earthquake killed 19 climbers at base camp. In 2014, 16 Sherpa guides were killed by an avalanche above the base camp.

It was a 12th successful climb of Everest for Mr Cool, 42.

Mr Gonzalez, 36, is the record holder with six successful ascents of Everest from the northern side in China and the southern side in Nepal in the same season.

The Nepalese government has issued permits to 289 climbers to attempt to scale Everest. They have to do it in the next few weeks before monsoon rains arrive.

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