Bahraini prince among climbers scaling Mt. Qomolangma

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KATHMANDU, May 11 (Xinhua) -- An expedition team consisting of Bahraini Prince Sheikh Mohammed Hamad Mohammed Al Khalifa successfully climbed the world's tallest peak, Mt. Qomolangma on Tuesday morning, a Nepali official and the organizer said.

"We have been notified that an expedition team consisting of a Bahrain royal family member has reached the top of Mt. Qomolangma, the world's tallest mountain from 5.30 am to 6.40 am on Tuesday," Mira Acharya, director at Nepal's Department of Tourism, wrote on her social media account.

The Seven Summit Treks, which organized the expedition, also confirmed the news on its social media account.

Mingma Sherpa, chairperson of the Seven Summit Treks, told Xinhua that 12 members of the 16-strong team of the Bahrain Royal Guard reached the top of the world's tallest mountain. "Four could not climb the mountain due to illness," he said, without giving details.

Sherpa denied, however, that any of the four climbers were infected with coronavirus, as reports were rife about climbers sickened with the virus at the base camp of Mt. Qomolangma.

The Seven Summit Treks also noted that nearly four dozens of other climbers scaled Mt. Qomolangma on Tuesday morning as well.

Before the Bahraini expedition team attempted Mt. Qomolangma, the group climbed Mt. Manaslu (8,163m) in western Nepal and Mt. Lobuche (6,619m) in eastern Nepal in October last year.

Mt. Qomolangma straddles the China-Nepal border, and the two countries jointly announced its new height (8848.86m) in December last year. Enditem

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