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Dutch climber dies on Everest


Kathmandu: A Dutch mountaineer has died after scaling Mount Everest following the death of an Indian climber who fell sick while descending Nepal’s Dhaulagiri peak.

The climber from Netherlands died yesterday while descending the highest peak in the world after he became sick due to altitude sickness, said Mingma Sherpa, Managing Director of Seven Summit Treks that managed the expedition.

“Mountain guides are working to bring the body back to base camp first before flying back to Kathmandu,” said an official at the Tourism Ministry.

Earlier on Thursday, Rajib Bhattacharya, who had scaled Everest in 2011, complained of difficulty in vision before he collapsed and died while on his way down from the 8,167-metre Dhaulagiri peak.

A Nepali Sherpa guide also perished on Thursday after he slipped and fell 2,000 metres down Mount Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest peak.

Meanwhile, Lhakpa Sherpa, 42, a Nepal-born woman from the US, has broken her own record for the most summits of the world’s highest mountain as she scaled Everest for a record seventh time.

Sherpa, a mother of three, reached the summit of the 8,850-metre peak from the Tibetan side yesterday.

Altogether 350 climbers have successfully scaled Everest this season after two consecutive years of deadly disasters, according to Mountaineering section of the Tourism Ministry.

On May 19, 202 mountaineers climbed Everest on a single day setting a record.

Nepal issued 289 permits to foreign mountaineers for this year’s brief spring climbing season, which runs from mid-April to the end of May, after two consecutive failed seasons.

Hundreds of climbers fled Everest last year after an earthquake-triggered avalanche at base camp killed 18 people.