Kazakh climber dead in Mt. Qomolangma region
www.chinaview.cn 2009-05-28 10:29:13   Print

    KATHMANDU, May 28 (Xinhua) -- At least one mountaineer has been confirmed dead and hundreds of others affected by a heavy snowfall in Mt. Qomolangma region over the last two days, The Himalayan Times reported on Thursday.

    According to the daily, the victim was identified as Sergey Samoilov, a Kazakh national, who had been caught in a massive snowfall and died on his way back to Camp II from Camp IV Wednesday afternoon, said Surendra Sapkota, the under-secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation.

    According to Ang Tshering Sherpa, former chairman of Nepal Mountaineering Association and owner of Asian Trekking, Samoilov was trapped in an avalanche while he was returning to a safer place after withdrawing his mission to ascend Mt. Qomolangma due to the adverse weather conditions.

    Samoilov was a member of the expedition organized by Asian Trekking.

    There have been a total of six deaths, three Nepalis, in the snowy Qomolangma region this season, Sherpa said, adding that more than a hundred mountaineers who were stranded in the base camp couldn't make their way to destinations on Wednesday as well.

    A team of the Seventh Tenzing-Hillary Everest (Qomolangma) Marathon is waiting for a favorable weather condition at Gorak Shep to move to base camp, organizers said.

Editor: Chris
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