Czech climber missing on Mt Manaslu

KATHMANDU: A foreign climber has been missing on Mt Manaslu since last evening with bad weather hampering search and rescue efforts throughout the day today, the expedition organiser said.

According to Tej Bahadur Thapa, Managing Director at Mount Treks Nepal Pvt Ltd, Roman Hlávko (43) from the Czech Republic went missing while descending from the summit point of the 8,163-metre peak.

The mountaineer reportedly made it to the summit point along with three fellow mountaineers in the afternoon, he said, adding that other climbers only realised that Roman was missing when they arrived at Camp III.

“Roman, a part of the 14-member expedition, was last seen near Camp IV while descending from the top of the 8,163-metre mountain,” Thapa quoted other climbers as saying.

Once the climber was reported missing this morning, a four-member rescue team from Seven Summit Treks has been deployed on foot, the official said. The team, however, failed to make it above Camp II as the route was hit by avalanches.

Two helicopters, which have been put standby at Samagaun, couldn’t fly above the base camp due to bad weather, he added. “The rescuers will try to fix the route to head towards the higher camps from Camp II for a search mission.”