Olympic torch reaches Everest summit

May 8th, 2008 - 9:28 am ICT by admin  

Beijing, May 8 (DPA) A team of Chinese climbers Thursday carried the Olympic flame to the 8,848-metre summit of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. State television broadcast live pictures of the climbers reaching the summit and displaying the Olympic flame in several special high-altitude, wind-proof torches on the summit of Everest in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.

The entire team of 12 climbers appeared to have reached the summit, raising Olympic and Beijing 2008 flags and sending goodwill messages to television viewers as they stood on the peak as light snow fell.

State media said the team was led by Nima Ciren, head of the Lhasa Mountaineering Guide School in Tibet, and included seven other Tibetans.

The official Xinhua news agency said the team held a 30-metre torch relay on the summit.

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