Olympic Torch Reaches Top of Everest

May 8, 2008 Updated: May 8, 2008

EVEREST BASE CAMP—The Olympic torch was lit at the top of Mount Everest on Thursday, after a relay which had been dogged by human rights protests on its world tour.

Weather had delayed the ascent for days.

Security around the world's highest mountain, which sits astride the border of the Chinese region of Tibet and Nepal, was tight as China sought to prevent any demonstrations marring the spectacle.

Human rights protesters caused serious disruption to some legs of the main torch relay on its journey around the world after the deadly March 14 suppression by China in Lhasa, and subsequent unrest in other Tibetan areas of China.