Four mountaineers die in Oct

Friday, 11.07.2008, 09:20pm (GMT6.5)

The body of a French mountaineer who died while climbing 6,812-metre high Ama Dablam Mountain in the Everest region was brought to the capital on Thursday, Gyanendra Shrestha, an official of the mountaineering section at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation said.

Jean Mary, 65, is the fourth mountaineer to die this autumn mountaineering season that began on September 1 and ends on November 30.

Also, on Thursday a rescue team went in a helicopter to search for the body of Iranian mountaineer Bahlooreh Saeid, 32 on the 7,134-metre Tilicho Peak in the Annapurna mountain range.

Saeid died on 29 October when he slipped and fell down 800 metres while returning from the summit, officials said.

Two other mountaineers, both of them French nationals, died due to acute mountain sickness in October.

Daniel Pierre Goulevitch, 49, died on the 8,163-metre high Manaslu on  October 5 and Alain M.D.F. Benay on the 6,346-metre on Saribung in Mustang district.

There were a high number of expeditions climbing the Nepal Himalayan Mountains this current season.

"So far this autumn we have given permission to 149 expeditions and two applications are under consideration," said Shrestha. 

Last year the number was less than 80. Officials say the reason behind this is because of the 50 percent waiver of mountaineering royalty in autumn season and the tightening of permission to climb mountains from Tibet.

Meanwhile, police in Biratnagar said on Thursday that a Swiss national, Guillermin Sugenie, died of acute mountain sickness in Gokyo region of Solukhumbu district on Tuesday.

source : www.ekantipur.com

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