Two die on Mt Everest, first casualty of the season

Mt Everest Photo: Chhang Dawa Sherpa's Facebook

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Kathmandu: An American and a Swiss climber died on Sagarmatha while descending from the mountain on Wednesday, confirmed Seven Summit Treks. 

Taking to Facebook on Thursday, Chhang Dawa Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks, wrote that both the climbers died due to exhaustion while descending from the summit. The death of two climbers – Abdul Waraich from Switzerland and American Puwei Liu – is the first casualty of the spring season on Mt Everest, the tallest peak of the world.

“Abdul Waraich (Switzerland), passed away near to the South Summit, who was suffered from Exhaustion. Abdul successfully reached the summit, but began experiencing issues during his descent. We sent two additional Sherpas with oxygen and foods, unfortunately Sherpas couldn’t save him,” Chhang wrote. 

The American climber Liu breathed his last at Camp IV (7,900 m) while descending from Hillary step. “Puwei Liu (USA) took his last breath at Camp IV (7900m -S col) while descending from Hillary Step (the max height he gained). He had snow blindness and exhaustion.  With the help of extra oxygen supply and additional Sherpa support, he safely reached the South Col on late Wednesday evening, before he suddenly passed away,” Chhang wrote on Facebook.

The government has issued permits to 408 climbers to  climb the world’s tallest mountain for this spring season.