Kangchenjunga (8586m), the third highest peak in the world witnesses successful summit after four years. As per the information received from the Base Camp and the concerned agency, 24 climbers have reached the summit of Kangchenjunga this spring via South-West Face. According to Kaju Baral, head of Asian Trekking, the agency entrusted with the responsibility of fixing route up to summit, the route fixing team had reached the summit on 20th May, 2018.
5 climbers from ONGC, India along with 9 Sherpas made it to the summit on 20th May, 2018. The team comprises Nirmal Kumar (Leader), Pankaj Joshi, Monti Rajkhowa, Palkesh Kalma and Gaurav Kadian with Dawa Steven Sherpa, Lakpa Sherpa (Jarok), Pasang Sherpa (Jarok), Pemba Tshiring Sherpa, Pemba Chhiring Sherpa, Da Jangbu Sherpa, Lakpa Sherpa, Pasang Tshering Sherpa (Jarok) and Lhakpa Tenje Sherpa.
Harshad Kamalaksha Rao (India), Antonios Sykaris (Greece), Fotios Theocharis (Greece), Alex d'Emilia (Italy) and Arjun Vajpai (India) along with Pemba Tshering Sherpa, Sonam Tshiring Sherpa, Pasang Sherpa, Pemba Nuru Sherpa and Ang Tendi Sherpa have also summited Kangchenjunga on the same day.
Kangchenjunga is considered to be one of the most difficult peaks to climb among all the eight-thousanders. According to the Himalayan Database, 249 climbers have summited Kangchenjunga till the spring of 2014. The peak was first summited by Joe Brown and George Band on 25th May, 1955.