KATMANDU (Kyodo) Two Japanese climbing teams have decided to stay put at the Mount Everest base camp even as many other expedition groups descended to lower elevations Wednesday after the weather deteriorated, expedition organizers said.

The two teams, each of five Japanese climbers, will wait at the base camp and go for the final push once the weather clears, their organizers said.

“Our expedition members have decided not to lose altitude,” said Bijay Sharma, director of Cosmo Trek. “They will rest at the base camp and go for the final push around May 21, weather permitting.”

Sharma’s agency is the local organizer of the expedition that has Kenji Kondo, Kumihide Takata, Makata Arai, Tetsuo Honda and Junichi Shinozaki as members.

Similarly, Chhuldin Sherpa of Mountain Experience Treks, the local organizer of the other Japanese expedition, said his clients would also rest at the base camp.

Sherpa’s clients include Hiroyuki Kuraoka, 48, Shinji Tamura, 43, Shokichi Saito, 55, Kiyomi Takiguchi, 61, and Takenori Yoshida, 61.

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