Four dead as Everest avalanche hits tour group in Tibet
An aerial view of the Mount Everest range on February 6, 2012. Nepal will open five more peaks above 8,000 metres for mountaineers to scale when the autumn climbing season begins, a tourism official said Tuesday, a move largely welcomed by local climbers.
One of the dead was an Australian citizen and the other three were local porters, said the report on chinatibetnews.com, which cited the Dingri county government.
China's official Xinhua news agency quoted sources within the local government saying the group "entered a restricted area on the mountain without permission".
It was made up of four Australians, including the 60-year-old fatality, and six locals, it said.
Other members of the tour were rescued by emergency personnel, chinatibetnews said.
Separately, over recent days rescuers evacuated 154 tourists including 32 foreigners stranded by snowstorms in other locations near the mountain, it added.
Mount Everest is known in China as Qomolangma -- mother goddess of the snows in Tibetan.
More than 300 people have died on Everest since it was first conquered by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.
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