Nepal confirms death of two foreign climbers on Mount Everest

Lloyd Doyle
May 22, 2018

Nobukazu Kuriki, 35, was found dead in his tent by Sherpas on Monday morning, a Nepalese government official said.

Two years later, he returned to mountaineering and finished a solo climb of Broad Peak in the Himalayas, the 12th-highest peak in the world, without the supplemental oxygen that most climbers use at such altitudes, where the air is dangerously thin.

No further details about the circumstances of his death are available due to poor communication links, tourism official Gyanendra Shrestha told Reuters. But he was alone when he radioed for help from Camp III.

In 2015, he tried again to scale the peak in the autumn climbing season, just months after devastating quakes killed almost 9,000 people in Nepal and halted expeditions on the mountain.

Tika Ram Gurung of Bochi-Bochi Trek in Kathmandu, which organized Kuriki's expedition, said Kuriki was descending from 7,400 meters when he slipped and died.

"I am here at 7,400 meters now", Kuriki wrote in one of his final posts on Facebook, The Himalayan Times reported. "I want to make it very carefully".

Kuriki was a known mountaineer who climbed many mountains and made several attempts on Everest. In 2012, he lost nine fingertips to frostbite trying to climb the world's tallest mountain. Over 300 climbers have made to the top of Everest this season. "This was his dream and he never let it go".

The climber's body was flown to Kathmandu for an autopsy, according to Sapkota. Second image: Nobukazu poses with Nepalese flag after speaking engagement.

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