Saturday 21 September 2019

Two more mountaineers killed on Nepal peaks

Hundreds of foreign climbers and their guides attempt to scale Nepal’s high Himalayan peaks during the popular spring climbing season.

(David Cheskin/PA)
(David Cheskin/PA)

By Associated Press Reporters

Two more mountaineers have died on Nepal’s famous Himalayan peaks, while another two are missing, officials have said.

Indian climber Ravi Thakar, 28, died on Thursday while sleeping in his tent at Mount Everest’s highest camp site, according to Thaneswar Guragai of the Seven Summit Treks, which organised the expedition.

Mr Thakar had scaled the 29,035ft summit but did not appear to be well on the way back and was discovered to have died a few hours after entering his tent.

Also on Thursday, another Indian climber, Narayan Singh, fell ill and died on Mount Makalu.

Attempts are still being made to bring his body down, said Mira Acharya, a director at Nepal’s Department of Tourism.

An Irish climber, Seamus Lawless, is missing after falling while returning from Everest’s summit, Mr Acharya said.

A Chilean climber is missing on Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak, where two more Indian climbers died earlier this week.

Pasang Sherpa, of Peak Promotion in Kathmandu, said one of them had scaled the world’s third tallest peak while the other was on the way up but became ill and died.

They were believed to be suffering from high altitude sickness and had frostbite, he said.

The climbers, identified as Biplab Baidya, 48, and Kuntal Kanrar, 46, fell ill just below the 28,160ft summit.

Hundreds of foreign climbers and their guides attempt to scale Nepal’s high Himalayan peaks during the popular spring climbing season that begins around March and ends this month.

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