Death of Indian Climber Takes Everest Toll to 6 in the Last Month
Ravi Kumar, the Indian climber who lost communication on Saturday, has finally been located, said a report in The Hindustan Times on Monday.
While his body was spotted on Mount Everest by Sherpa rescue workers, it was impossible to recover the same. The report stated that Thupden Sherpa of Arun Treks and Expedition reported Kumar’s body as having suffered a fall of 200 meters (650 feet) below the path.
Reports claim that Kumar had taken ill on his way back from the peak on Saturday and was unable to make his way to the nearest camp. The death toll for this spring climbing season now stands at six.
Marchetti died due to apparent altitude sickness at about 8,300 metres (27,230 feet) above sea level while approaching the summit, said Navin Trital of the Expedition Himalaya company that coordinated logistics for the climber.
However, the exact circumstances leading to Strba's death are not clear.
The fourth victim this week was an American climber who scaled the peak on Saturday and could not be identified.
On 30 April, a famed Swiss climber fell to his death near Mount Everest while preparing to climb the mountain.
An 85-year-old Nepali man died at base camp earlier this month while trying to set a record for the oldest climber. This year's Everest expeditions have been confronted by bad weather and high winds.
Nepal has cleared 371 climbers to Mount Everest in the current season, which ends this month. Nearly 200 climbers went to Tibet, from where the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) Everest Summit can also be climbed.
Historic ‘Hillary Step’ no more
Adding to the woes of mountaineers, The Guardian reported that British mountaineer Tim Mosedale has clarified that the famous ‘Hillary Step’, a rocky outcrop near Everest’s peak, has disintegrated.
Named after Sir Edmund Hillary, the outcrop’s collapse has made the climb more hazardous. The report also suggested that the Hillary Step had likely disintegrated during the 2015 Nepal earthquake.
It was reported last year, and indeed I climbed it last year, but we weren’t sure for certain that the step had gone because the area was blasted with snow. This year, however, I can report that the chunk of rock named the Hillary Step is definitely not there anymore.Tim Mosedale, British mountaineer to The Guardian
(With inputs from Reuters)