Mt. Everest Reopens to Climbers for 1st Time Since Deadly Earthquake

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Mt. Everest in the early morning light.
Mt. Everest in the early morning light.

Nepal’s tourism ministry granted a Mount Everest climbing permit to Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki on Sunday.  This was the first climbing permit issued since the terrible earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people this past April that killed 18 people at Everest base camp and was the worst disaster in Everest history.

“The main purpose of my climb is to spread the message that Nepal was safe for climbers and trekkers even after the earthquake.” Nobukazu Kuriki told the AP

Nobukazu posing with the Nepali flag at a press conference in Katmandu. photo: AP Photo/Bikram Rai
Nobukazu posing with the Nepali flag at a press conference in Katmandu. photo: AP Photo/Bikram Rai

Nobukazu has made four unsuccessful attempts on 29,028′ Mt. Everest thus far.  Nobukazu lost 9 fingers to frostbite attempting Everest in 2012.

Nobukazu plans to arrive at base camp on Tuesday and summit in mid-September.  He very well may have an incredible trip considering his team will be the only team on the mountain.

Nepal is desperate to bring back tourists since their devastating earthquake.  This climbing permit is the first step in that process.

 


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