On Thursday, two international climbers died during their ascent to and descent from the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, in eastern Nepal.
From the base camp, Mira Acharya, a director of the Department of Tourism, tells Onlinekhabar that Abdul Wahid Waraich of Switzerland and Liu Puwei of the United States died today. Waraich was returning from the summit when he died this morning at the South Col.
Efforts to save him were made, but they failed due to bad weather, according to Acharya, who quotes Seven Summit Treks, the expedition management company.
Puwei, on the other hand, was on his way to the summit. The climber had some issues after hitting the Hillary Step and was escorted back to camp IV.
According to the government, over 150 climbers have already reached the summit this season in the last week. According to Gyanendra Shrestha, a liaison officer at the base camp, the favorable weather window has now closed, and climbing activities are only likely to resume after May 20.
This season, the department has given Everest climbing permits to 408 people from 43 expeditions. This season’s number of aspiring Everest climbers is the highest ever recorded in a season. This number also represents more than half of the total climbing permits authorized this season for a total of 16 climbing peaks throughout the world. According to the department, permits have been given to 742 people from 85 expeditions so far.
Several Nepalese and international media outlets have documented a few Covid-19 cases at the base camp, but the government has dismissed the claims.