Climber Nobukazu Kuriki dies on Mt. Everest

Daniel Fowler
May 22, 2018

The 36-year-old Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki who had lost his nine fingertips due to frostbite died on Monday while trying to climb the Mount Everest.

The 2015 season was scrapped after 19 climbers were killed and 61 injured by an avalanche at the base camp triggered by a massive natural disaster.

Nobukazu Kuriki was found dead at Camp 3, at 7,200 metres above sea level, said Ram Prasad Sapkota, a spokesman for Nepal's Department of Tourism.

Kuriki had made seven unsuccessful attempts to scale Everest.

"The climber breathed his last at an altitude of 7500m on the Tibetan side when he was descending to lower camps after suffering from altitude sickness at around 8000m on the mountain", officials at the Tibet Mountaineering Association said.

An Italian climber was found dead on Mt. Dhaulagiri, an 8,167-meter peak, after strong wind blew away his tent.

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"We have carried down Kuriki's body to base camp and are waiting for officials' clearance to send the body by helicopter to Kathmandu", he said.

Kuriki was a known mountaineer who climbed many mountains and made several attempts on Everest.

Macedonian Gjeorgi Petkov, 63, died at the weekend climbing Everest, hiking officials said without giving details.

He has also climbed numerous region's other high peaks, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.

Teams must end their attempts by the end of this month as conditions are set to deteriorate.

The route he and the 13 others in his group took this time was the same taken by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, the first climbers to conquer Everest in 1953.

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