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May 17, 2007 Thursday

Filipina Climbers Crossed Nepal side of Mount Everest

After reaching the summit of the world’s highest mountain on Wednesday, the Philippine all-women Everest team splurged the night on the Nepal side of Mount Everest.

Climbers Noelle Wenceslao, Carina Dayundon and Janet Belarmino are set to begin their plunge to Everest Base Camp where a Philippine support group is waiting for their coming.

Also joining in welcoming the three Filipinas are eight members of Philippine Airlines Mountaineering Club.

Wenceslao, Dayundon, and Belarmino made history last Wednesday, May 16, 2007 by becoming the first ASEAN women to reach the summit of Everest.

The first to reach the summit at 6:10 a.m., Nepal time (8:10 a.m. in Manila) was Wenceslao followed by Dayundon at 6:20 a.m. (8:20 a.m. in Manila). The two stayed on the summit for 20 minutes, taking photos and appreciating the view.

At 11 a.m. Manila time, Belarmino reached the summit. Belarmino was delayed as she had to fall in line because a lot of people wanted to reach the summit.

The climb to the top of the world's tallest mountain was difficult for the Filipinas. Wenceslao suffered from altitude sickness or pulmonary edema while climbing.

At 29,035 feet, Everest emerges as the ultimate challenge to human endurance. The Mount Everest sits on the border of two countries, Nepal and the Tibetan region of China.