Indian climber dies in summit bid on Mount Kanchenjunga

An Indian climber died has during a summit push on Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, an official said.

The death is the third to be reported on Nepal Himalayas during the current climbing season which started in March.

Narayanan Iyer, 52, died at around 8,200m (26,900ft), while trying to reach the 8,586 metre (28,169 feet) peak on Thursday, said Nivesh Karki, an official of the hiking company, Pioneer Adventure, that organised the expedition.

“Iyer’s guide advised him to turn back after he was feeling unwell but he refused,” Karki said while confirming the death.

“He was slower than others and we had two guides assist him. He was very exhausted, couldn’t continue and collapsed.”

There were several other teams on the mountain, including a Pakistani group that saw one of its members, Sirbaz Khan, become the first person from that country to climb 10 peaks over 8,000m high.

Last month a Greek climber and a Nepali Sherpa guide died on other peaks.

Mountain climbing is the main tourism activity and a key source of income as well as employment in Nepal, which has eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains including Mount Everest.

More than 900 foreign mountaineers have received permits to climb 26 Himalayan peaks in Nepal, including Mount Everest, during the current season ending in May.

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