HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The son of fabled Everest climber Ang Rita Sherpa has died attempting to scale the mountain, officials said today, in the first death of the season on the world’s highest peak.
Karsang Namgyal Sherpa, an experienced climber in his own right who had conquered the 8,848-metre peak several times, collapsed at Everest base camp on Wednesday, said trek co-ordinator Dambar Parajuli.
“He was active a few minutes before his death. But at 2:30 pm (0815 GMT) he entered his tent and informed the other sherpas about his problems,” said Parajuli, of the Kathmandu-based Prestige Adventure agency, adding that the probable cause of death was altitude sickness.
Karsang, 40, was the elder of two mountaineering sons of Ang Rita, known in climbing circles as the “Snow Leopard”. In just over 13 years Ang Rita reached the summit of Everest 10 times without the use of bottled oxygen, eight of which were via the South-East Ridge route.
Parajuli said Karsang was in a team of 11 climbers, including three Iranians and a German, who had set off on the expedition from Kathmandu on April 10. He is due to be cremated on Friday.