At least five climbers including a former model from Jammu & Kashmir were evacuated from the higher camps on Mt Everest after they suffered from high altitude sicknesses while attempting to climb the world’s highest peak on Sunday morning.
According to the expedition organisers, an Indian woman climber Sangeeta S Bahl, 52 and Argentine climbers Andres Esteban Pariz and Ricardo Dario Birn have been airlifted from Camp II. A Nepali climber Phurba Tamang has also been brought to Kathmandu for treatment, Damber Parajuli, chairman of the Expedition Operators Association Nepal said. Officials said that the climbers are receiving treatment at different hospitals in Kathmandu. “They are said to be out of danger,” he added.
Bahl, the Miss India 1985 pageant finalist, is undergoing treatment at Swacon International Hospital, according to an official at the Himalayan Guides, a local partner of the Madison Mountaineering. “Bahl’s condition is out of danger,” he said.
A Chinese climber of Pioneer Adventure Treks and another Slovakian mountaineer were also evacuated from the higher camps after they suffered from high altitude sicknesses, according to the base camp officials. Most of the evacuated climbers were affected by snow blindness and frostbite when they prepared for final summit pushes from the higher camps on Mt Everest.
Published on: 21-05-2017 by The Himalayan Times
Top photo: Sangeeta S Bahl, a former model from Jammu & Kashmir and the Miss India 1985 pageant finalist. Photo: Facebook