Kangchenjunga avalanche: Joy turns to sorrow within second

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KATHMANDU, Nepal–They were altogether 13 members in their team. And their successes to atop the world’s third highest peak had already made them stop thinking about all their weary and were in hurry mood to share the good news to their kin and well wisher.

But, unfortunately, their joy of victory turned to great sorrow soon the team lost three members to a dreadful avalanche. The team felt devastated when an Indian climber with two Sherpas fell 300 meter down the crevasse of Mt. Kangchenjunga (8,586m), at an elevation of 7, 500 meters while they were heading towards the peak, Wednesday.

The deceased have been identified as Temba Sherpa, 24, and Dawa Wangju Sherpa, 28, of Taamku VDC-5, Taplejung and Chanda Gayen, 35, of West Bengal, India.

Gayen, who scaled the Mount Everest and Lohtse, in 2013 was the first civilian woman from India to summit the mountain.

According to Mingma Sherpa, manager of Seven Summit Treks and Expedition, which arranged the expedition, the avalanche swept away the three climbers suddenly.

Luckily, other 9 members could save their life as they were far distant from fallen mountaineers.
Multiple sources at Seven Summits Treks said attempts to bring back the bodies of those swept away by the avalanche have gone vain due to bad weather condition.

Just a year ago, five climbers including a Nepali were swept away by an avalanche and the bodies of those lost in avalanche have yet to be recovered.

Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak stands near the borders between Nepal, India and China has been regarded as a risky peak in Himalaya. Joe Brown and George Band from British expedition team successfully scale the peak for the first time.

13 Sherpa guides were killed and three are still missing in mountain’s worst disaster on April 18 which led to cancellation of mountain bid this summer season.

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