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Russian Climber Dies at Camp on Mount Everest

Russian Climber Dies at Camp on Mount Everest

Sunday, 8 May, 2022 - 10:00
Travelers enjoy the the view of Mount Everest at Syangboche in Nepal December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Gopal Chitrakar/File Photo

Russian climber Pavel Kostrikin died at Camp I of Mount Everest, the first reported death of a foreigner on the world's highest peak in the current climbing season that began in March, a Nepali official said on Sunday.

Kostrikin, 55, died at the camp, which is located at an altitude of around 5,360 meters during a rotation on the 8,848-meter mountain on Saturday, said Bhishma Kumar Bhattarai, an official of Nepal's Department of Tourism.

"The Russian climber fell sick at Camp II and died after being brought to the Camp I," Bhattarai told Reuters without giving further details.

Camp II on the normal southeast ridge route on Everest is located at a height of around 6,400 meters.

Hiking officials said the body of Kostrikin would be brought to Kathmandu when the current cloudy weather conditions improve.

Mount Everest has been climbed 10,657 times since it was first scaled in 1953, from both the Nepali and Tibetan sides of the mountain, with many climbing multiple times and 311 people have died so far, according to The Himalayan Database.

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