Nine Nepalese guides have reached the peak of Mount Everest, becoming the first climbers in two years to conquer the world's highest mountain after two years of disasters.

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KATHMANDU, Nepal — Mountaineering officials say nine Nepalese guides have reached the peak of Mount Everest, becoming the first climbers in two years to conquer the world’s highest mountain after two years of disasters.

Nepal Mountaineering Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said the group reached the 29,035-foot summit on Wednesday.

The Nepalese Sherpa guides are hired by expeditions to carry equipment and fix ropes on the icy and rocky slopes for the use of the foreign climbers.

Nearly 300 foreign climbers and their guides are attempting to reach the summit this year.

An avalanche triggered by a powerful earthquake killed 19 climbers and injured 61 others at base camp last year. In 2014, 16 Sherpa guides were killed by an avalanche above the base camp.