Above the mighty 8,000’ers : First Summits of the season (Spring 2009)
Mt Everest (8,848m)/ South side : Summitted on May 5th by climbing sherpas Mingma Tenzing , Panuru , Kami Rita , Dorje and Nima Tsering , while fixing ropes to the summit. David Tait (UK) , along with the sherpa team of Phurba Tashi, Dorjee Sherpa and Nima Sherpa followed soon after.
North(Tibet) side : Summitted by Japanese Yasunori Tanaka (57 years) and Kenta Miyamori (28 years )of Kanagawa University Team, on May 19th at 10:45 AM.
Ascent from SW Face: South Korean climber Park Young-Seok reportedly summited Everest on 21st May, via a new route on the difficult and technical SW Face.
Mt Kanchenjunga (8,586m): Summitted by South Korean climber Ms.Oh Eun-sun on May 6th .
Lhotse (8,516m) the fourth highest peak in the world was topped by a sherpa who was fixing rope for the IMG Lhotse Expedition on 19th May.Chhewang Lendu Sherpa(Khumjung), Gregory Vernovage (USA) and Philippe Robin Arslanian (France) reached the summit on the morning of May 20th at 7:45 am.
Mt Makalu (8,462m): Summitted on 1st May 2009 by Korean climbers, Mr. Kim Jae Soo and Ms. Go Mi Sun along with two other Korean climbers, via the normal route.
Cho Oyu(8210m),the sixth highest mountain in the world, was summitted by Kazakhs Denis Urubko and Boris Dedeshko on May 11th. They climbed Cho Oyu’s SE face alpine style via a new route.
Mt Dhaulagiri (8167m): On 8th May 2009, at 11:30am, six members of the Indian Army team reached the summit of Dhaulagiri led by Maj Amit Aukta.
Mt Manaslu (8163m): Summitted by two Korean climbers, Chang-Ho Kim and Sung-Ho Seo along with climbing sherpa, Lhakpa Tsering Sherpa on April 28th at 8.15 am.