Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sherpa climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time

Sherpa climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time

Two Indian climbers on Nepal's Mount Kanchenjunga fell sick and died during attempts to rescue them while a Chilean climber is missing, an expedition organizer said Thursday.

"I know Mount Everest very well, having climbed it 22 times, but at the same time I know I may or may not come back", he told AP last month.

Poudel said a search had started.

Rita has been an advocate for other Sherpa guides, who he said do not get the recognition they are due. "Both of them died while coming down", Mira Acharaya, a staffer at Nepal's Ministry of Tourism team, deployed at the base camp, told news agency PTI.

"They succumbed to high altitude sickness", said Pasang Sherpa, Director of Peak Promotion Ltd, that carried out the expedition.

The Indian soldier, 35, from the Indian Army´s expedition to Mount Makalu died at around 8,200 metres as he was returning from the summit.

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But the head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said only climbers with adequate training and experience were cleared to attempt the highest peaks.

A day earlier his team lost an Irish member, Seamus Lawless, 39, when he slipped from below the "balcony" area at around 8,300 metres.

Ghos climbed Mount Everest in 2011 and has also scaled Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Lhotse, Mount Manaslu and Mount Dhaulagiri among other peaks.

Another Indian climber also went missing on Mount Makalu on Thursday night as the team the 52-year-old was with was descending. It is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas 19-kilometer southeast of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and Tibet Autonomous Region, China.

Daily Kathmandu Post reported that 2019 Everest climbing season officially began on Tuesday with eight high-altitude Nepali climbing guides making it to the highest peak in the world.

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