Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

49-yr-old sherpa scales Everest for 23rd time, sets world record

49-yr-old sherpa scales Everest for 23rd time, sets world record

Also on Thursday, Indian climber Narayan Singh fell sick and died on Mount Makalu and attempts are still being made to bring down his body, said Mira Acharya, a director at Nepal's Department of Tourism. "He died at camp 4 while descending the summit", Acharya told PTI.

Sherpa said that guides have intensified their search for him.

Karar and Baidya were part of a five-member team of climbers from West Bengal. Thakar had successfully scaled the 8,850-metre summit, but did not appear to be well on the way back and was discovered to have died a few hours after entering his tent.

The team was in the news last month after tweeting a picture of "yeti" footprints, sparking ridicule and jokes online.

Meanwhile, a national from Chile, Rodrigo Vivanco, has gone missing in Mount Kanchenjunga since Wednesday evening.

His latest ascent took him two summits clear of two fellow sherpas, hiking officials said.

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The climbing season ends in May and hundreds of climbers are now on Everest, trying to reach the top from both the Nepali and Tibetan sides of the mountain.

The death toll is already mounting, however.

An Indian climber has died in Nepal while descending the summit of Mount Makalu during an expedition to the world's fifth highest mountain, an official said Friday, days after two mountaineers from the country perished in the Himalayan nation.

A Malaysian died in April after being rescued from Annapurna, where he spent two nights in the open near the summit.

Tourism, which includes mountain climbing, is a main source of income for cash strapped Nepal, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains. In 2017, Kami became the third person to climb Mount Everest for the 21st time, equalising the achievement of Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa, both of whom have since retired.

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