Portuguese becomes the season’s first non-Sherpa Everest climber

A Portuguese climber reached the summit of Everest on May 9 morning–two days after Sherpas fixed the rope to the summit, the organizer said.

Padro Queiros, 41, was successful to reach atop Everest with his Guide Mingma Tendi Sherpa shortly after Sherpas opened the route to the summit. 

“He himself was preparing for Everest summit for the past two years. He was highly motivated and determined to summit Everest this year.  He made it and arrived in the base camp at the noon yesterday (May 10),” said Subin Thakuni, owner of the 14 Summits, expedition organizer.

Queiros said he was the first overseas climber of the season to reach the summit. “I was alone at the top with only my Sherpa guide and avoided the crowds which was what I always wanted,” he updated his facebook status.

Liaison officers, who work as government representatives, say they weren’t aware of his ascent. 

On May 7, a group of Nepali Sherpas had opened the route to the summit. Several expedition teams have headed towards high camps from base camp in their summit bids. 

“About 80 percent of expedition agencies are preparing to scale Everest between May 12 to May 18,” said Khimlal Gautam, a liaison officer. 

A total of 317 climbers have received permission for Everest climbing this year. 

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