Climbers from Peking University reach summit of Qomolangma

Updated 2018-05-16 10:17:04 China Daily

Climbers from Peking University get ready for their push to the top. (Provided to China Daily)

A team of mountaineers from Peking University reached the top of the world's highest mountain on Tuesday in celebration of the university's 120th anniversary.

Fourteen climbers-seven students, from the Mountaineering Association of Peking University, two teachers and five alumni-made it to the top of Qomolangma at around 10 am. The youngest was 21 and the oldest 55, the university said on its WeChat account.

They had trained rigorously for two years for their climb to the summit, known as Mount Everest in the West.

The team left the university on March 31 and arrived at Qomolangma's north base camp at an altitude of 5,200 meters in the Tibet autonomous region on April 9.

Established in 1989, the association has become the most prominent amateur mountaineering club in China. In 1998, three members conquered the 8,201-meter Mount Cho Oyu on the China-Nepal border, the world's sixth-highest mountain, as part of the celebration of the university's 100th anniversary.

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