Adventure Consultants' Everest teams successfully summit
Wanaka expedition leader Mike Roberts, of Adventure Consultants, successfully guided a team of climbers to the top of Mt Everest on Thursday, completing his eighth ascent of the mountain in the process.
Also climbing on Thursday was Lake Hawea guide Lydia Bradey, the first women to summit Everest without oxygen, who completed her fourth ascent alongside first time summiteer Masha Gordon.
Queenstown shearer Brian Dagg also completed the ascent with Ang Dorjee Sherpa, a veteran of 18 summits, and Pemba Chhoti Sherpa, who has now completed eight successful climbs.
Base camp manager Anthea Fisher reported "all on top" around 2pm on Thursday.
"Conditions windy, but all sound, well!! We wish them a safe journey back to the South Col," Fisher said in her dispatches.
US climber Colin O'Brady and seven-timer summiteer Passang Bhote, were the last of the Adventure Consultant climbers to reach the top of the world on Thursday and another team was preparing to summit today (Friday).
Dagg and several of his companions had returned to Camp 2 by very early on Friday morning and were enjoying a meal and rest, while Bradey and two other climbers were to descend from South Col today.
Roberts will remain at South Col to wait for those summiting today.
It is a poignant return to Everest for the Wanaka company, after natural disasters disrupted expeditions in 2014 and 2015.
Gordon is working on becoming the fastest woman to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (Seven Summits and both Poles).
Sherpa employees Purba Chhoter Sherpa (Ang Jangbu) completed his eighth summit
and Chhewang Dorji Sherpa, his ninth.
Da Thuk Bhote completed his second summit, and Dawa Bhote, Kipa Sherpa, Ngima Rita Sherpa, Dawa Wongchu Sherpa, and Chhiring (Tsering) Namgel Sherpa, completed their first summit.
Fisher said the teams started their summit bids at 10pm on Wednesday on a "perfectly clear starry night".
Adventure Consultants has employed about 34 Sherpas this season.