Nepal | December 08, 2019

Australian climber dies descending Mt Everest

Rajan Pokhrel

Mt Everest from Tibetan side. Photo courtesy: Arnold Coster

KATHAMNDU: An Australian climber was killed when he was descending to the lower camps from the North Col route on Mt Everest on Sunday morning.

The deceased has been identified as a -54-year-old Francesco Enrico Marchetti. “The climber breathed his last at an altitude of 7,500 m on Tibetan side when he was descending to lower camps after suffering from altitude sicknesses at around 8,000 m on the mountain,” officials at the Tibet Mountaineering Association, confirmed.

A few climbers stood atop the world’s highest peak from Tibetan side after they found a fair weather to make summit pushes, the officials said.

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