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Swiss alpinist dies on Mount Everest

Two alpinists - an American and a Swiss - died on Mount Everest. The organizers of the expedition announced this on Thursday.

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13.5.2021 - 10:58

The accident on the highest mountain in the world occurred on Wednesday, said Mingma Sherpa from the Seven Summit Treks agency. The Swiss alpinist died of exhaustion after climbing the 8,848-meter-high Mount Everest.

Two Sherpas had rushed to the Swiss alpinist's aid with oxygen and food. However, they were too late and could not have saved the alpinist.

The American alpinist made it to the Hilary camp, but fell victim to snow blindness and exhaustion. The bodies of the two dead could not have been transported to lower elevations due to bad weather, said Thaneshwor Guragain, who also works for Seven Summit Trekd.

In the last few months a large number of alpinists have tried to climb Mount Everest. Because of the crowd on the mountain, several climbers fell to their deaths. Nepal's tourism minister had subsequently issued rules for ascent and descent.

Many bodies are never recovered from Mount Everest. From a total of more than 300, around half are still there, according to the Nepalese Ministry of Tourism. A corpse recovery is difficult and expensive, costs between 25,000 and 60,000 euros (around 27,000 and 66,000 francs), says the American mountaineer and blogger Alan Arnette. Usually a team of six to ten experienced Sherpas move out with oxygen bottles, and a helicopter finally flies the corpse off the mountain. Some families also left their dead relatives there because they loved the mountain so much. A total of more than 10,000 people were up there, as data from the “Himalayan Database” expedition archive show.