Thursday, April 19, 2012

Experienced Sherpa mountainer dies at Everest base camp


An experienced Sherpa guide who has scaled Mt Everest at least 10 times has died at the mountain's base camp, becoming the first fatality in this year's spring climbing season.
Karsang Namgyal (40) died on Wednesday from altitude sickness, according to the expedition organiser Dambar Parajuli.
“Namgyal did not appear to be sick or have any physical problems before Wednesday, when he complained of uneasiness and later died,” he said, adding that Namgyal was an experienced mountain guide who scaled Mt Everest at least 10 times and climbed several other high peaks.
An autopsy was scheduled to be done on Thursday in Katmandu.
Altitude sickness is a leading cause of death for climbers and trekkers on the high Himalayan peaks.
Namgyal is the son of Ang Rita Sherpa, a legendary climber who was the first to scale Mt Everest 10 times before health problems forced him to retire.
Hundreds of climbers and their guides are currently camped at Everest's base camp preparing to scale the world's highest mountain. The base camp is located at 5,300 meters (17,380 ft).
Climbers generally try to scale Everest in May, when weather conditions have usually improved just enough to enable them to attempt to reach the 8,850-meter (29,035-ft) peak.

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