An American mountaineer and a Swiss mountaineer reportedly died of exhaustion while trying to descend the Everest, becoming the first deceased during this climbing season on the highest peak in the world.
The two climbers died this Wednesday due to a severe deterioration in their health, the director of the climbing agency Seven Summit Treks told EFE on Thursday, Mingma Sherpa.
The Swiss Mountaineer Abdul Waraich | died near the southern summit, at an altitude of 8,748 meters, after reaching the peak of the mountain on May 11, the manager of the Seven Summit Treks expedition reported on his official Facebook page, Chhang Dawa Sherpa.
“Waraich successfully reached the summit, but began to experience problems during the descent. We sent two more Sherpas with oxygen and food, but unfortunately they were unable to save him,” Chhang Dawa wrote.
For his part, the American Puwei Liu He expired in Camp IV, located at 7,900 meters, when trying to descend the so-called Hillary step, the maximum height he had managed to climb.
During the descent, he suffered the so-called snow blindness, in addition to exhaustion, something that delayed his departure.
“But with the help of an additional oxygen supply and the support of the Sherpas, he made it safely to the South Col on Wednesday night before passing away suddenly,” Chhang Dawa said.
In 2019, the last expedition season before the 2020 pandemic canceled, eleven climbers died on Everest, ten of them on the Nepalese side.
This year, the Asian country issued a total of 408 climbing permits, an all-time record since 1953.
The first Everest summit of the season was held on May 7, with 12 Sherpas who climbed to fix the ropes to facilitate the ascent to the rest of the mountaineers.
Last Tuesday, a group of 80 climbers arrived at the peak of Everest, among whom was a group of 12 members of the Royal Guard of Bahrain led by the prince Mohammed Hamad Mohammed Al KhalifaThe director of the Department of Tourism, Mira Acharya, pointed out to Efe from the base camp of the mountain.
In addition, due to “the first window of good weather, which is expected to last until Thursday morning, about 200 climbers are expected to complete the expedition,” he added.
Acharya also announced that a new record was achieved this season, after the Sherpa Mingma Tenji managed to ascend Everest twice in a row in the shortest time: he reached the peak on May 7, went down to base camp and climbed it again last Monday morning, completing the double summit in four days.
Before Mingma Tenji, the Indian mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa he held the record of being the first person to climb Everest twice in the same season, achieving the double summit in five days.