News Frontliner Web Desk, 16 May 2019: Two Indian climbers from Kolkata, died yesterday, near the summit of Mount Kanchenjunga during an expedition on the world’s third highest mountain in Nepal.
The Bengal climbers were identified as Biplab Baidya (48) and Kuntal Kanrar (46), who died overnight at an altitude of about 8,000 metres (26,246 feet).
Pasang Sherpa of the Peak Promotion hiking company said Baidya, who climbed the 8,586 metre (28,169 feet) Kanchenjunga main summit on Wednesday, died due to altitude sickness on the way down. Kanrar died while trying to climb the peak, he said. Both were reported to have suffered severe frostbites.
Attempts were being made to bring them to a lower camp from where they would have been picked by a rescue helicopter.
Pasang Sherpa said attempts would be made to bring their bodies down — a difficult and exhausting task because of the steep icy slope and low levels of oxygen.
Chilean Rodrigo Vivanco has been reported missing around the same area since Wednesday.
Hundreds of climbers attempts to climb different Himalayan peaks during the spring climbing season which ends this month.