Horror On The Everest: Two Indian Climbers Missing, One Frost-Bitten

23/05/2016 9:16 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
In this Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 photo, international trekkers pass through a glacier at the Mount Everest base camp, Nepal. Nepal has extended the permits of climbers who were unable to climb Mount Everest last year due to an earthquake-triggered avalanche that killed 19 people at a base camp in hopes of bringing back western climbers to the world's highest peak. Mountaineering Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said Tuesday, March 1 that the climbers can attempt to climb the world's tallest peak this year or next year without paying new fees. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa)

KATHMANDU -- Two Indian climbers have gone missing on Mount Everest even as nearly 40 climbers including an Indian woman have developed frostbite during this Himalayan climbing season which saw about 400 mountaineers summit the world's highest peak, officials said yesterday.

Paresh Nath and Goutam Ghosh have been missing since Saturday. They were last seen near the Everest summit, officials said.

A search operation was on to locate the two missing Indian climbers. Earlier, out of four Indian climbers who had gone missing, two were located yesterday, said an official of the Mountaineering Department of Nepal's Tourism Ministry.

Meanwhile, Seema Goshwami, who has developed frostbite to her hands and feet at the South Col camp, was unable to move.

Several Sherpa guides carried Goshwami from the highest camp at nearly 8,000 meters to camp two which is located at 6,400 meters. There were attempts to airlift her as her condition was stable.

Nearly 400 climbers have summited the 8,850-metre high peak since 11 May.

Some 35-40 climbers suffered frostbite in camp 3 and 4 while attempting to reach the summit or on their descent, said Gyanendra Shrestha, an official of the Mountaineering Department of Nepal's Tourism Ministry.

In the past two days, a Dutch and an Australian mountaineer have died of altitude sickness after scaling Mount Everest, days after an Indian climber lost his life after falling sick while descending Nepal's Dhaulagiri peak.

Favorable weather has allowed nearly 400 climbers to reach the summit from Nepal since 11 May, but the altitude, weather and harsh terrain can cause problems at any time.

Frost bite occurs due to human negligence in the mountain.

The climbers need to shake their hands from time to time to avoid such a situation, said Shrestha.

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