KATHMANDU: Two Indian climbers died near the summit of Mount Kanchenjunga during an expedition on the world’s third highest mountain in Nepal, their hiking company said on Thursday (May 16).
The climbers were identified as Biplab Baidya, 48, and 46-year-old Kuntal Kanrar, who died overnight at an altitude of about 8,000m.
Pasang Sherpa of the Peak Promotion hiking company said Baidya, who climbed the 8,586-metre Kanchenjunga main summit on Wednesday, died due to altitude sickness on the way down. Kanrar died while trying to climb the peak, he said.
Both were from the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.
Hundreds of climbers are on different Himalayan peaks during the spring climbing season which ends this month.