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According to the Department, a total of 182 mountaineers summited Everest this spring, while 275 climbing guides also reached the top of the 8848.86-metre-high peak that straddles Nepal and China.

A total of 457 mountaineers, including Sherpa guides, scaled Mount Everest during the 2021 spring season, Nepal's Department of Tourism said.

The feat was achieved despite reports about climbers infected with Covid-19 and reduced weather windows due to snowfall and winds in the Himalayas caused by two back-to-back cyclones, TaukTae and Yaas.

"After taking briefings from leaders of the expedition teams, we confirmed the number of how many climbers reached the top of Mt. Everest during this year's spring season," Bhisma Raj Bhattarai, a section officer at the mountaineering section of the Tourism Department, told Xinhua news agency on Monday.

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According to the Department, a total of 182 mountaineers summited Everest this spring, while 275 climbing guides also reached the top of the 8848.86-metre-high peak that straddles Nepal and China. A total of 408 climbers took climbing permits for Mt. Everest from the Nepali agency, a record high for the spring season.

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