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High winds delay dozens of climbers ascending Mount Everest

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 file photo, the last light of the sun sets on Mount Everest, as seen from Pangboche, Nepal.  High winds have delayed dozens of climbers trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest, a mountaineering official said Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The winds have made it difficult for the climbers to make their attempts for the summit but posed no immediate danger, said Gyanendra Shrestha, an official in Nepal's Mountaineering Department who is at base camp on Everest.(AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 file photo, the last light of the sun sets on Mount Everest, as seen from Pangboche, Nepal. High winds have delayed dozens of climbers trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest, a mountaineering official said Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The winds have made it difficult for the climbers to make their attempts for the summit but posed no immediate danger, said Gyanendra Shrestha, an official in Nepal's Mountaineering Department who is at base camp on Everest.(AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 7, 2016 file photo, Mount Everest, in middle, altitude 8,848 meters (29,028 feet), is seen on the way to base camp.  High winds have delayed dozens of climbers trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest, a mountaineer official said Wednesday, May 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, File)

    FILE - In this March 7, 2016 file photo, Mount Everest, in middle, altitude 8,848 meters (29,028 feet), is seen on the way to base camp. High winds have delayed dozens of climbers trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest, a mountaineer official said Wednesday, May 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 file photo, the last light of the sun sets on Mount Everest, as seen from Pangboche, Nepal.  High winds have delayed dozens of climbers trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest, a mountaineering official said Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The winds have made it difficult for the climbers to make their attempts for the summit but posed no immediate danger, said Gyanendra Shrestha, an official in Nepal's Mountaineering Department who is at base camp on Everest.(AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 file photo, the last light of the sun sets on Mount Everest, as seen from Pangboche, Nepal. High winds have delayed dozens of climbers trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest, a mountaineering official said Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The winds have made it difficult for the climbers to make their attempts for the summit but posed no immediate danger, said Gyanendra Shrestha, an official in Nepal's Mountaineering Department who is at base camp on Everest.(AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, File)  (The Associated Press)

High winds are delaying dozens of climbers trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Gyanendra Shrestha, an official in Nepal's Mountaineering Department, said Wednesday the winds had made it difficult for the climbers to make their attempt for the summit but posed no immediate danger to the climbers.

The climbers have descended to lower camps on the slopes of the world's highest mountain to wait for the conditions to improve.

Nearly 88 climbers have reached the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit in the past few days, marking the first successful climbs following two years of disasters that virtually emptied the mountain.