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Himalayan range turns deathbed for climbers

Kathmandu: Two Indian climbers, including an Indian Army soldier, have died and another has gone missing in Nepal after one of them successfully scaled the world’s highest peak Mount Everest, the expedition organiser said Friday, days after two mountaineers from the country perished in the Himalayan nation.

Army soldier Ravi Thakar, 28, was found dead inside his tent at Camp IV on Mount Everest early Friday while Narayan Singh died at Camp IV Thursday night when he was climbing down from the 8,485-metre Mount Makalu summit, world’s fifth highest mountain.

Dipankar Ghosh, 52, from Kolkata went missing from above Camp IV while returning from the Mount Makalu summit, said Mingma Sherpa, Chairman at Seven Summit Treks. His chances of survival are remote, claimed Sherpa. A search team, which reached the area from where the climber is suspected to have gone missing, however, failed to trace him, Sherpa said.

Ghosh climbed Mount Everest in 2011 and has also scaled Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Lhotse, Mount Manaslu and Mount Dhaulagiri among other peaks.

Thakar died after he suffered from high altitude sickness. ‘Fellow climbers found him dead inside the tent,’ Sherpa was quoted as saying by ‘The Himalayan Times’.

Ravi was part of an eight-member expedition led by renowned Irish climber Noel Richard Hanna. He along with other members made it to the summit of Mount Everest early Thursday morning.

Another member of the same expedition — Seamus Sean Lawless from Ireland — slipped from the balcony area while descending from the summit point. ‘Fate of the missing Irish climber is still unknown,’ Sherpa informed.

‘Indian climber Narayan Singh died in Mt Makalu. He died at Camp IV while descending the summit,’ Nepal Tourism Ministry official Mira Acharya told this agency.

Two Indian climbers from West Bengal – Biplab Baidya (48) and Kuntal Karar (46) – died Wednesday due to high altitude sickness near the summit of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third tallest peak. Another climber from Chile is missing from above Camp IV of the same mountain since Wednesday evening.


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