Japan climbers conquer Tibet peak

Kyodo

A nine-member Japanese mountain expedition became on Friday the first people to reach the summit of 6,529-meter Mount Pachung Ham in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, according to the Kansai branch of the Japanese Alpine Club.

The seven Japanese climbers and two Nepalese Sherpas reached the top Friday morning. The team set out for the summit at 5:15 a.m. from a camp at the 5,880-meter level, according to reports from the expedition.

All nine members of the team, led by veteran alpinist Tamotsu Onishi, reportedly reached the summit at around 10 a.m.

The expedition was organized to verify a route traveled by Ekai Kawaguchi (1866-1945), a Buddhist scholar known as an early explorer of Tibet and the first Japanese to visit Nepal.