Friday 23 March 2018

Third Everest climber dies in recent days while attempting to scale the peak

Mount Everest. Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar/File Photo
Mount Everest. Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar/File Photo

An Indian climber who had fallen sick and was being helped down Mount Everest has died, the third in recent days while attempting to scale the world's tallest peak.

Wangchu Sherpa of the Trekking Camp Nepal agency in Kathmandu said Subhash Paul died overnight as he was being helped down the mountain by Sherpa guides.

Two other Indian members of Mr Paul's team have been missing since Saturday. Another team member, an Indian woman who had fallen sick, was resting at a camp at a safer altitude.

A Dutchman died on Friday and an Australian woman hours later, after suffering from altitude sickness on Everest. Dozens of other climbers have developed frostbite or become sick near the summit in recent days.

Favourable weather has allowed nearly 400 climbers to reach the summit from Nepal since May 11, but the altitude, weather and harsh terrain can cause problems at any time.

Thousands of people have summited 29,035ft Mount Everest since it was first conquered by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953. But more than 250 people have died in the attempt.

Trekking companies were anxious to see foreign climbers return to Everest after two years of disasters.

Last year, Nepal's devastating earthquake caused the climbing season to be cancelled, and climbing attempts were largely abandoned in 2014 after an avalanche above the base camp killed 16 Sherpa guides.

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