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May 13, 2021

American and Swiss alpinists die while climbing Mt. Everest

Kathmandu: On Wednesday, the sixth day of the season’s opening, two foreign climbers, including an American and a Swiss, died on Mt. Everest.

Abdul Waraich, a 40-year-old Swiss national, died on the way back from climbing Mount Everest, according to Chang Dawa Sherpa, director of Seven Summit Treks Pvt.

Director Sherpa has informed through social media that Swiss climber Waraich has passed away near South Summit. He also mentioned that Abdul Waraich was suffering from fatigue.

‘Abdul successfully reached the summit but he could not face the the problem of fatigue. We also sent two Sherpas with food and oxygen, but the Sherpas could not save them, ‘Chhang Dawa wrote on his Facebook page. Kathmandu-based Seven Summit chairperson Mingma Sherpa said Abdul died at 8 pm on Wednesday.

Puwei Liu, a 55-year-old American climber, died on Wednesday night while climbing Mt. Everest. He died at the fourth camp at an altitude of 7,900 meters. While climbing the Hillary Step above the fourth camp, climber Liu experienced fatigue and snow-blindness.

Climber Liu reached South Cole with more oxygen and extra Sherpa than needed. He was sent to the fourth camp after being embarrassed. Manager of the Seven Summit, Thaneshwar Guragain, said that it would take time to bring both the bodies to the base camp due to the bad weather in Mt Everest.

The Department of Tourism has allowed 44 climbing teams to climb Mt. Everest this season alone. Of them, 92 are women and 315 are men. Out of these, 130 members of 12 climbing teams have left through the Seven Summits.

In  this season, 740 people from 84 climbing teams have got permission for 16 mountains in Nepal. The number of Sherpas assisting in the ascent is around 3,000. At present, there are 2,000 foreigners and Nepalis in Mount Everest alone. The Seven Summit Treks Pvt Ltd is responsible for managing most of the climbs for Mt. Everest this year.

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