Russian climber missing in Nepal’s Himalayas

Kathmandu, May 5

A 51-year-old Russian climber has been missing in Nepal’s Himalayas for two days, with bad weather hampering search efforts, a top local official said today.

The mountaineer was descending with his team on Tuesday after successfully summiting the 6,091-metre high Pisang peak in the Annapurna region.

His three other team members only realised that he was missing when they arrived at base camp, Manang district chief Bhim Kanta Sharma told AFP.

“The climber was reported missing on Tuesday evening and we have begun our search,” Sharma said, adding that it was unclear where on the mountain he was.

“Rescue teams have been deployed in a helicopter as well as on foot, but rain and snow are making the operation difficult,” he said.

The incident comes after a Swiss and an Austrian climber died last week on neighbouring China’s 8,027-metre high Shisha Pangma mountain after falling into a crevasse.

Two trekkers, from Japan and Korea, died last week of suspected altitude sickness on their way down from Everest base camp.