KATHMANDU: A Russian climber died of altitude sickness on Mt Lhotse yesterday, according a government official.
Gyanendra Shrestha, liaison officer at the Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation, confirmed that Rustem Amirov breathed his last at Camp II of the world’s fourth highest peak.
A facebook post by his family read, “Clever and strong as he was, he turned around just 100 metres from the summit due to bad weather. The bad weather slowed his descend. At some point above camp 3, he suffered from acute mountain sickness. High altitude porters were sent to rescue him, and help him down to camp 2. Unfortunately it was too late. He was unconscious when he passed away and didn’t suffer any pain, if that is of any consolation.”
According to Shrestha, Rustem reached the higher camps without climbing Sherpas and oxygen support.
Meanwhile, the world climbers have continued their climbing bids on different mountains today. “At least 65 climbers including 30 foreigners scaled Mt Everest today,” Shrestha shared.
Pasang Sherpa, Chairman at Pioneer Adventure Treks and Expedition informed that Swiss climber Tanya Roller and Narbin Magar successfully stood atop the summit of Mt Everest. “Pemba Sherpa and Dawa Sherpa of Pioneer Adventure accompanied the duo to the summit,” he said.
Iswari Poudel, Managing Director at Himalayan Guides said that team members including Garrett Madison, Joshua Joseph Miller, Randolph Kidder Luskey, Conan Tundra Bliss , Matthew David Kernan, Tym Douglas Blanchard, David Scott Landman and Sidney McCord Pattinson along with their climbing guides – Siddhi Bahadur Tamang , Mingma Sherpa, Ang Phurba Sherpa, Pasang Tenzing Sherpa, Pas Dawa Sherpa, Lakpa Dendi Sherpa, Sher Bahadur Thapa Magar and Mingma Shona Sherpa – scaled Mt Everest this morning.
Jiban Ghimire, Managing Director at Shangri-La Nepal Treks shared that Hernan Leal of Chile along with Lhakpa Chhiri Sherpa and Lhakpa Wongchu Sherpa of FasTco team successfully climbed the world’s highest peak at around 8:30 am.
Likewise, according to Rishi Bhandari, Managing Director at Satori Adventure Treks and Expedition, at least four members along with six climbing Sherpas scaled Mt Everest this morning. “Nakayama Takeshi, Jhingan Sauraj, Dimri Vikas Shambhu Prasad and Patham Samir Nicholas climbed the mountain,” he said. “Lakpa Tasi Sherpa, Dawa Temba Sherpa, Bibek Pandey, Pemba Tashi Sherpa, Tendi Lama and Lhakpa Tenji Sherpa accompanied the climbers to the summit point.”
American climbers — Daniel Stringham, David Snow, Fabbro Fabian Anthony and Thomos Franklin — climbed Mt Everest along with Temba Bhote, Dawa Finjo Sherpa, Gyaljen Sherpa and Denduk Bhote, according to Thaneswar Guragai, an official at Seven Summit Treks.
Climbing The Seven Summits team posted that all CTSS members scaled the world’s highest mountain this morning. The team was guided by Michael Hamil of CTTS and Tendi Sherpa of TAG Nepal.
A few climbers also scaled Mt Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest mountain, according to the expedition organisers. Oxana Morneva has become the first Russian woman to climb Mt Lhotse, a base camp official said. Anders Erik Karl Bergvall from Sweden along with Vinayak Jay Malla climbed Mt Lhotse this morning, Guragai reported.
Meanwhile, Spanish climber Carlos Soria Fontán (79) has reportedly abandoned his bid on Mt Dhaulagiri due to high winds.