Climbers' body to remain in Kanchenjunga as rescuers drop mission

Mt. Kanchenjunga. Photo: File photo
Mt. Kanchenjunga. Photo: File photo

KATHMANDU, Nepal- A rescue team deployed to take away the bodies of five climbers who died in Kanchenjunga Mountain following an ice-fall there has decided to drop the mission leaving the bodies at the site of their death.

They will be left in the ice in Kanchenjunga where they died in the third week of May as more expense will be taken to lift them as snow was now melted, informed the trekking agency involved in the mission.

Two Nepalis, two Hungarians and a South Korean died after they slipped in the snow and the so caused caused ice-fall while returning to Camp 4 from the 8,586 meter summit on May 20. For the last six days, their bodies have remained abandoned in the area between the summit and Camp 4.

The trekking agency, and the relatives of the deceased have decided not to lift them from the site as that will be difficult to lift the bodies after snow melted and as the rescue team will be in risk of death.

The team for rescue has returned to base camp saying they could not rescue the bodies from the site. The agency had made an attempt to lift but was not possible to rescue, said Mingma Sherpa, Manager of Seven Summit Trekking Agency, the agency that organized the rescue operation.

He said it will be risky for the rescuers themselves from this altitude as snow melting has begun from May second week, and will not be extracted as the rescuers themselves denied it.

Those who lost their lives are Phu Dorjee Sherpa of Makalu-5 Sankhuwasabha district, and Bibas Gurung, Hatiyagola- 7 of Sankhuwasabha, and the foreigners are Hungarian citizen Peter Kiss, Zsolt Eross and Korean national Namsoo Park.

Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain of the world, height with 8586 meters. It is located in western part of Nepal. Kanchenjunga is also known as “The Five Treasures of Snows” because it is blessed with five treasures of God that are gold, silver, gems, grains and holy books. Joe Brown and George Band successful climbed it as first people of the world in 1955.


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