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Two Indian climbers dead in Himalayas

Two Indian climbers died and an Irish mountaineer is missing on the Himalayan peaks of Nepal, officials said on Friday, taking the number of climbers dead or missing to six this week and raising questions about safety and training standards.

Hundreds of mountaineers from around the world are in Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, for the spring climbing season which ends this month.

Ravi Thakur, a 27-year-old from New Delhi, was found dead on Friday in a tent on the South Col of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, his trekking company said.

The cause of death was not immediately known, said Thaneswor Guragain of the Seven Summit Treks agency.

Seamus Sean Lawless, a 39-year-old college teacher from Dublin, has been missing since Thursday after he slipped on snow and fell while descending from Everest’s 8,850-metre summit, Guragain said.

India’s Narayan Singh, 34, died from altitude sickness on Mount Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world, on Thursday while returning from the 8,462-metre summit, said tourism official Mira Acharya. Singh, from the northern state of Uttarakhand, was a member of an Indian army expedition.

On Wednesday, two Indian climbers died and a Chilean mountaineer had gone missing on Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third tallest peak.

A record 378 climbers received permits for Mount Everest in the current March-May climbing season, according to Nepal’s tourism department.

First Published:
May 18, 2019 02:37 IST

Source: HindustanTimes