Nepal | July 10, 2020

Sherpa dies on Lobuche; Japanese missing on Mt Manaslu

Rajan Pokhrel
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recovering the body of Ang Chhongba Sherpa from the Lobuche East

Rescuers recovering the body of Ang Chhongba Sherpa from the Lobuche East on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Photo: Pemba Jangbu Sherpa

KATHMANDU: A Sherpa climber died while he was descending the Lobuche East peak (6,119 m) in Khumbu region of eastern Nepal while an alpinist from Japan went missing from the summit of Mt Manaslu (8,163 m), the world’s eighth highest peak, in western Nepal.

Ang Chhongba Sherpa (24) of Juving VDC, Solukhumbu, was killed after he slipped while collecting the ropes on the Lobuche East.

“Rescuers recovered Sherpa’s body on Wednesday. He was missing since October 8,” Pemba Jangbu Sherpa, a member of the rescue team told THT Online.

According to Pemba, Ang’s body was recovered at a point above 5,800 metres after conducting an intensive search for nearly 20 hours.

Ang Chongba was a member of a four -member trekking team locally managed by the Worldwide Trekking Pvt Ltd. The incident occurred when all four including two foreigners were descending after successfully summiting the peak. The rescuers included Mingma Sherpa (brother of Ang Chongba), Pemba Jangbu, Ang Dawa Sherpa and Lopsang Sherpa, he added.

Meanwhile, a Japanese climber has gone missing from the top of Mt Manaslu since October 7, according to the Cosmo Trek Pvt Ltd.

Hirotaka Onodera (24), who stood atop the summit along with his team leader, was missing after he reportedly slipped while clicking the summit photos of a fellow climber, Prem Prasad Tiwari, an official at the Cosmo Trek Pvt Ltd said.

A permanent resident of Miyagi in Japan, Hirotaka was a part of the six-member agriculture research expedition team led by Suguru Takano from the University of Tokyo.

The duo had climbed the mountain in an alpine style while other members gave up their bids, Tiwari said.

“Hirotaka went missing from the top while he was clicking a photo of Suguru on the top of mountain,” Tiwari quoted the team leader as saying.

Meanwhile, parents of Hirotaka have also arrived in Kathmandu on October 11 to facilitate the search mission.

“We have conducted an aerial search along with his parents, but there was no trace of the missing climber,” Tiwari said.

According to him, the alpinist might have slipped towards the other side of the mountain. “We plan to have another round of search for Saturday,” he added.

With the year’s autumn climbing season approaching its end, more than 150 foreigners and Sherpa climbers stood atop the Mt Manaslu while a few climbers also successfully summitted other peaks, according to the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

Earlier, Pemba Sherpa, a resident of Taplejung district died when an avalanche struck the world’s 14th highest mountain, Mt Shishapangma, in Tibet on September 30.

Sherpa was a part of the RMI Expeditions.

Likewise, rescuers had failed to find Mingmar Sherpa of Taksindu -6, Solukhumbu who had gone missing on the Himlung Himal in the western Nepal after an avalanche hit the mountain last month.

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