Hilaree Nelson, world-famous ski mountaineer, dead in Nepal’s Manaslu avalanche

Hilaree Nelson. Photo: Instagram
Hilaree Nelson. Photo: Instagram/hilareenelson

Kathmandu, September 28

Hilaree Nelson, a world-famous ski mountaineer from the United States, has been found dead after an avalanche in Nepal’s Manaslu region, a government official confirms.

Liaison Officer Sachindra Kumar Yadav assigned to look after the Manaslu expedition this season tells Onlinekhabar that rescuers located her body on Wednesday morning, two days after the avalanche.

Yadav says her body is being brought down and will be sent to Kathmandu this afternoon after preparing the incident report.

Nelson was missing since Monday when one mountaineer from Nepal was reported dead in the disaster.

The North Face athlete was reportedly skiing down from the summit when the avalanche hit the mountain.

Hilaree Nelson, according to her personal website, has obtained many “first” records in the world of ski mountaineering including linking two 8000m peaks in one push, first ski descents on Baffin Island, first American ascent and ski descent of Papsura peak in India and first ski descent of the 4th highest peak in the world, Lhotse. 

She was National Geographic’s 2018 Adventurer of the Year.

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