Five climbers rescued from Mera Peak; airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment

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Kathmandu: Five climbers including four foreign nationals have been successfully rescued from the Mera Peak located in Sankhuwasabha, an eastern district of Nepal, on Thursday.

“The trapped climbers have been rescued and airlifted to Kathmandu for further treatment. They are admitted to the Tokha-based Grande International Hospital,” Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) confirmed. However, a Sherpa is still missing. The missing Sherpa has been identified as Cheten Sherpa.

Of the rescued climbers, four are foreign nationals, while one is a Sherpa.    

A heavy snowfall, coupled with incessant rain for the last few days, had left 10 tourists including Sherpas, trapped on the Mera Peak, a mountain featuring high altitude trekking route.

[Related: One dead, 10 tourists trapped as heavy snowfall batters Mera Peak]

According to the NMA, it is searching the whereabouts of the missing Sherpa with the help of Nepal Police, Nepal Army, and other concerned authorities.

In the meantime, a porter has already died on the Mera Peak that stands at 6,476 meters above sea level as heavy snowfall hit the mountain. The deceased has been identified as Jeevan Kulung, 25, a resident of Chachalung in Mahakulung Rural Municipality-5, Solukhumbu District Police Office confirmed.