Japanese climber attempting to summit Lobuche dies of ‘altitude sickness’


Kathmandu, May 7

A Japanese climber trying to summit Mt Lobuche near Everest has died due to ‘altitude sickness’, local police said.

Takahiro Kuga, 42, breathed his last on Sunday at Lobuche Base camp at Khumbu Pasanglhamu-4 while being rushed to the to the Nicole Niquille Hospital in Lukla, the gateway to Everest.

The climber’s body has been airlifted to Kathmandu. Although the cause of his death has not been confirmed, preliminary reports suggest that he died due to altitude sickness.

This is the second death on Nepal’s Himalayas this climbing season, which extends from April-June.  An Italian climber died on Mt Dhaulagiri last week.

Hundreds of climbers from around the world come to Nepal in the spring season to summit different mountains in the Himalayas.

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