Indian climber dies at Camp IV on Everest, army team member on Mt Makalu

Mt Makalu. Photo by the Himalayan Times. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

KATHMANDU, May 17, 2019, The Himalayan Times. At least two Indian climbers died while descending from the summit of Mt Everest and Mt Makalu last night, according to the expedition organiser, reported The Himalayan Times.

Mingma Sherpa, Chairman at Seven Summit Treks, confirmed that Narayan Singh, a member of the maiden Indian Army expedition to Mt Makalu breathed his last at the height of 8,200 metres when he, along with other members, was descending from the summit point on Thursday night.

The Indian Army soldier died after he suffered from high altitude sickness on the descent, Sherpa quoted fellow climbers as saying.

Meanwhile, Ravi Thakar from India was found dead inside his tent at Camp IV on Mt Everest early this morning. “Fellow climbers found him dead inside the tent,” Sherpa said adding that Ravi was part of an eight-member expedition led by renowned Irish climber Noel Richard Hanna.

Ravi along with other members made it to the summit of Mt Everest on Thursday morning. Another member of the same expedition — Seamus Sean Lawless from Ireland — slipped from the balcony area while descending from the summit point. “Fate of the missing Irish climber is still unknown,” Sherpa said.

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