China opens climb to Everest for nationals

BEIJING A group of Chinese mountaineers has started an expedition in Mount Everest while China returned to normal after the outbreak of coronovirus. The site, however, remains closed to foreigners.

The peak is located on the border of China and Nepal and can be climbed from both sides. China has closed its side to foreign climbers while Nepal has canceled all expeditions. Only Chinese climbers are permitted this spring season because of the pandemic, operators told BBC. More than two dozen Chinese climbers tackling the peak are expected to reach the advanced base camp at an altitude of 6,450 meters on Friday, expedition operators in touch with the said.