One dead, two missing during Everest ascent

An Indian climber was reported dead on Mount Everest on Monday, making it the third death on the mountain this season, authorities confirmed.

"An Indian national collapsed in the danger zone on his way back after climbing. He couldn't make it," said Gyanendra Shrestha, an official with the Tourism Ministry.

Two Indian climbers were also missing just below the 8,848-metre summit of Mount Everest. They were on their way up at an elevation of 8,700 metres when they went out of touch, according to Ang Tshering Sherpa, the president of Nepal Mountaineering Association.

Shrestha also said several climbers had suffered frostbite, an expected ailment during the ascent of the world's highest mountain.

On Saturday, a Dutchman and an Australian woman had died on the mountain due to altitude sickness.

A total of 289 foreigners and 400 Nepalis were attempting to climb the mountain during this year's spring season. The climbing window for the world's highest peak is generally a few days at a time in May, when the weather is favourable.

In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his Nepali guide, Tenzing Norgay, reached the summit for the first time. Thousands of people have since reached the peak, but hundreds have died on its slopes.

Everest expeditions in 2014 were cancelled after 16 Sherpas died in an icefall avalanche. In 2015, another avalanche triggered by a 7.8-magnitude quake killed 19 mountaineers at the Everest Base Camp, prompting the cancellation of all trips.

Last update: Mon, 23/05/2016 - 17:25
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