Israeli climber evacuated from Mt Kanchenjunga

KATHMANDU: An Israeli climber has been evacuated from the world’s third highest mountain this afternoon.

Mingma Sherpa, Company Director at Seven Summit Treks informed, Nadav Ben Yehuda (30) has been airlifted from 6,600 m on Mt Kanchenjunga after he suffered severe frostbite on his legs.

“The climber is undergoing treatment at CIWEC Hospital in Kathmandu,” he said, adding that there were no summits today.

The mountain had only recorded five summits on Wednesday evening.

According to Chris Jensen Burke, she along with other climbers stood atop Mt Kanchenjunga at around 6:45 pm. Pemba Geljen Sherpa and Lakpa Sherpa of Expedition Base had also reached the summit along with Russian climber Sergey Baranov and German climber Herbert Hellmuth, according to the Department of Tourism.

DoT director Ram Prasad Sapkota said that at least 44 climbers of five expedition teams obtained permit to attempt to climb Mt Kanchenjunga this season.