Two foreign climbers die on Mount Everest

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 22, 2018

A Japanese mountain climber, who lost all but one of his fingertips to frostbite in a previous expedition, died during an eighth attempt to scale Mount Everest, according to local officials.

The deaths came just hours after Australian Alyssa Azar conquered Mount Everest for the second time in two years.

Before his final summit push on Monday morning, Mr. Kuriki, 36, had updated his social media accounts to say that he was suffering from a cough and fever but that he thought he could continue climbing. Kami Rita's father was among the first professional guides after Nepal opened to foreign trekkers and mountaineers in 1950.

The route she took this time, from Tibet, is considered to be more challenging.

Macedonian climber, Gjeorgi Petkov, 62, died over the weekend near camp 3 at 7,200 meters above sea level, said Gyanendra Shrestha, a Tourism Ministry official at Everest base camp.

Nobukazu previously climbed to the summit of the highest mountains on six continents.

But, with the number of visitors wanting to climb Everest more than doubling in two decades and more than 340 foreign climbers trying to climb Everest this month alone, the number of Sherpa guides has not kept up.

Teams must end their attempts by the end of this month as conditions are set to deteriorate. A Nepal mountaineering official said members of their expeditions reported a Japanese climber died Monday and a Macedonian died Sunday.

According to Facebook, Marchetti lived in Mackay, Queensland with his wife and had studied vocational teaching at Griffith University.

Nepal is home to eight of the world's highest peaks. They did not have other details about his death.

Yearwood, a doctor, reportedly survived the earthquake-triggered avalanche in 2015.

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