73-year-old Japanese woman reaches Mt. Everest top
A 73-year-old Japanese woman has renewed her own record to become the oldest woman to scale the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.
Her supporter, a travel agency in the Nepali capital Katmandu, says Tamae Watanabe informed it on Saturday that she successfully reached the summit of Everest with a Japanese photographer and 3 sherpas, and that they all are in good health.
Watanabe and her party members started climbing the mountain from a base camp in China's Tibetan autonomous region in the middle of last month.
On their return route, they are planning to descend to a more-than-8,300-meter point to take a rest.
They will re-enter the Tibetan autonomous region before arriving in Katmandu late this month.
Watanabe's alpinist friend Akiko Imada said she is very glad that Watanabe made her dream come true as she had always talked about climbing Everest again.
Imada said Watanabe broke her back after her achievement 10 years ago and was unable to take part in full-scale mountain climbing for a few years.
She said Watanabe is the type of person who goes to a lot of effort to accomplish her goal without publicizing her plans.
Watanabe was given the Naomi Uemura Adventure Award, the prize for international adventurers, in 2005, 3 years after she set the record for the world's oldest woman to have scaled Everest.
May 19, 2012 - Updated 13:19 UTC (22:19 JST)
China's Tibetan autonomous region ⇒中国チベット自治区（だと思います）