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(Newsdesk) Becoming the oldest female summiteer of the peak, in 2002 Tamae Watanabe summited Everest at the age of 63. This morning, the Japanese female climber broke her own record by summiting Everest for a second time, at the age of 73-years-old.

The woman climber, leading Asian Trekking’s International Everest Expedition 2012, left for the summit from camp 3 ( 8300m) on Everest north side at 8:30 pm Nepalese time last night (May 18 local). Together with Japanese Noriyuki Muraguchi  and climbing Sherpas Mingma Sherpa, Phura Nuru Sherpa and Phurba Sherpa the team successfully summited at 7 am this morning Nepalese time. Omedetou!
Also Transcend Adventures report success: The Sagarmatha Giryarohan Sanstha – Mission Everest team has reached Mt. Everest Summit.
“Our Everest team rocks…” they emailed ExplorersWeb. “Mr. Shrihari Tapkir, Mr. Sagar Palkar , Mr. Balaji Mane and Mr. Anand Bonsode have reached the summit of Mt. Everest  today morning at 07.00AM. As it was reported by the team many more teams were on the way to the summit.”
Adventure Consultans reported 16 summiteers on the 19th:
Joan Clofent, Ang Dorjee Sherpa (16th summit), Nawang Sherpa, Kami Sherpa,Niel Beard, Dawa Jangbu, Peter Cammell, Wilfred Moshi, Mike Roberts (expedition leader 6th summit), Ang Sona, Pemba Chhoti, Dean Staples (8th summit), Iza Smolokowska, Lhakpa Dorjee, Lhakpa Tenzing and Ang Gelu Sherpa.
Peak Freaks Spot showed the team around South Summit at the time of this publishing (before 11 am local). IMG last updated from the Balcony. Delays in communication are not unusual at this point of the Everest ascents.

(Update: IMG report 22 summiteers on their website.)

original source:k2climb.net