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Russian mountaineer dies in camp on Everest

A Russian mountaineer has died on Mount Everest, officials said Sunday, in the second fatality on the world’s highest peak this season.

The man, who has not been named, died on Saturday after falling ill while acclimatizing at a camp below the 6,553-metre (21,499ft) summit.

“His body was taken to base camp and will be airlifted to Kathmandu once the weather improves,”

Bhisma Raj Dhungana, head of Nepal’s tourism department, told AFP.

“Although the cause of death is not yet known, it could be due to complications related to altitude sickness.”

The death was also confirmed by Mingma Gelu Sherpa of Seven Summits Treks, the agency that managed his expedition.

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It was the second fatality on the Nepalese side of the 8,848-meter (29,028-foot) mountain this climbing season.

Last month, a Nepalese mountaineer, Ngimi Tenji Sherpa, who was carrying equipment uphill, was found dead on the mountain.

Eleven Nepalese climbers reached the summit on Saturday, the first of hundreds who are expected to scale the world’s tallest mountain from its southern approach in the coming weeks.

Nepal has issued 316 permits to climbers, including 17 Russians, for this year’s spring climbing season, which runs from mid-April to late May.

On average, about five mountaineers die each year on the world’s highest peak.

But in 2019, 11 people died, four of which are blamed on overcrowding that year.

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