This file photograph taken on April 3, 2013 from an aircraft shows an aerial view of Mount Everest (C) and The Himalayan mountain range, some 140kms (87 miles) north-east of Kathmandu. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA
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A Spanish climber Wednesday abandoned his attempt to make the first winter summit of Mount Everest in over two decades, saying it would have been "suicidal" to push on.The last successful winter summit of Everest was in 1993 by a Japanese team.Txikon's expedition to make a rare winter ascent of the 8,848 meter (29,030 foot) peak was mired by setbacks.The Spaniard was forced to return to Kathmandu in mid-February after making it as far as camp four -- the last before the summit -- following a disagreement with his expedition organizers.He returned to Everest last week with a new team of Sherpa guides.
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