Guide Gurung deployed for search of missing Sherpa at Mera Peak airlifted to Kathmandu

Photo: RSS files

NL Today

  • Read Time < 1

Solukhumbu: Guide Mandip Gurung who was deployed for the search of a missing Sherpa guide in Mera Peak has been airlifted to Kathmandu after he developed altitude sickness.

He was airlifted to Kathmandu from Lukla on Saturday and is currently undergoing treatment at HAMS Hospital with ventilator support.

Gurung was part of the search and rescue team that had flown to Mera Peak (6,470m) to search for missing expedition team member Chheten Sherpa.

On Saturday morning, Gurung was airlifted to Lukla from Khare Village, nearby Mera Peak in Solukhumbu district. He was being treated at Pasang Lhamu-Nicole Niquille Hospital.

According to Adventure Victory’s proprietor Laxman Mission Karki, Gurung was airlifted to Kathmandu after his health did not improve.

A well-equipped international rescue team reached Mera Peak area on October 26 to search for missing Chhetan Sherpa, 29, from Dudhkunda Municipality-3 in Solukhumbu district.

He was a part of the expedition team who had gone to climb Mera Peak for tourism promotion. A total of 10 people were stranded in the snow following a sudden change in weather upon their return Mera Peak summit.

All the members of the expedition team including support staff were rescued to safety except Sherpa. The whereabouts of Sherpa is still unknown.

The rescue team will conduct a search and rescue operation for missing Sherpa on Sunday for the last time, according to Karki. RSS