Pavel Kostrikin, a Russian climber, passed away at Camp I of Mount Everest on Sunday, becoming the first foreign climber to pass away on the world’s highest peak during the current climbing season, which started in March.
Kostrikin, 55, passed away at the camp on Saturday during a rotation on the 8,848-meter (29,031-foot) peak, according to Bhishma Kumar Bhattarai, a representative of Nepal’s Department of Tourism. The camp is situated at a height of around 5,360 meters (17,585 feet).
Without providing any other information, Bhattarai just informed Reuters that “the Russian climber fell ill at Camp II and died after being brought to Camp I.”
Camp II is situated at a height of around 6,400 meters (20,997 feet) on the typical southeast ridge route of Everest.
The corpse of Kostrikin will be transported to Kathmandu as the weather cleared up, according to hiking officials.
According to The Himalayan Database, Mount Everest has been scaled 10,657 times since its first ascent in 1953, from both the Nepali and Tibetan sides of the peak. Many climbers have summited the mountain more than once.
A climbing official said on Saturday that an Indian climber passed away during a summit effort on Nepal’s Mount Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world.
On other summits last month, a Greek climber and a Nepali Sherpa guide perished.
The primary form of tourism in Nepal is mountain climbing, which also serves as a significant economic and job engine. The nation is home to eight of the top fourteen mountains on earth.
During the current climbing season, which ends in May, more than 900 international mountaineers have been granted permission to ascend 26 Himalayan peaks in Nepal, including 316 for Mount Everest.