Indian climber dies ascending Mt. Kanchenjunga at 8200M in Nepal
Narayan Iyer

Kathmandu: An Indian climber died while ascending Mt Kanchenjunga in Nepal, at a height of 8,200 metres, on Thursday.

Narayanan Iyer from Maharashtra died on Thursday while heading for the summit point of the world’s third-highest peak when the incident happened, Pasang Sherpa, Chairman at Pioneer Adventure, told a news agency.

52-year-old Iyer is the first causality on the mountain this season. He took his last breathe at an altitude of 8,200 meters while climbing towards the summit point, although he was clearly instructed by the guide not to go above 8,000 meters as he wasn’t in a very good shape, Sherpa said.

Sherpa added that Iyer’s family has been informed about his tragic death. Other climbers who ascended the summit with Iyer are now on their way down to the base camp from Camp 4.

According to the organizers of the expedition, Iyer’s body is still on the mountains and attempts are being made to bring it down from that altitude, which is also considered the death zone.

Mt. Kanchenjunga borders the Indian state of Sikkim and Nepal, with three of the five peaks – Main, Central and South – directly on the border, and the peaks West and Kangbachen in Nepal’s Taplejung District.

Kangchenjunga was first climbed on 25 May 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, who were part of the 1955 British Kanchenjunga expedition.

In 2016, the adjoining Khangchendzonga National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

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