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'Icefall doctor' fatally falls into Mt Everest crevasse

  

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In this photo‚ released by Neal Beidleman in 2011‚ unidentified mountaineers are seen walk past the Hillary Step while pushing for the summit of Everest.

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Sherpas who maintain the safest path in the mountains for other climbers are regarded as icefall doctors

KATHMANDU: An “icefall doctor” has died after falling into a crevasse in Mount Everest on Sunday, the Annapurna Post reported.

Mingmar Sherpa (45) who died after a fatal fall while returning from Camp 2 was one of the six icefall doctors assigned to set and maintain the safest path in the world’s highest peak for this season.

They were returning to Camp 1 after laying down a series of ladders across the crevasses yesterday. The site is said to be 200 metres away from the Camp 1.

According to Captain Siddhartha Gurung of Simrik Air, who was involved in the rescue operation, five others in the group are safe.

Sherpas who maintain the safest path in the mountains for other climbers are regarded as icefall doctors.

The deceased hailed from Goratapting of Solukhumbu and was currently residing in Dingboche of the district. He was into the profession for nine years and was regarded as an experienced icefall doctor.

He is survived by his wife and a son.

Captain Gurung informed that Sherpa’s body could not be lifted from the incident site due to unfavourable weather conditions.

Due to bad weather we were forced to stay over in Febiche today, he told the Annapurna Post, “We will head to the site tomorrow morning (Monday) along with a team of experts for the rescue operation.”

Mountaineers are heading to the Everest base camp for the upcoming climbing season.

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My condolences to the family of Mingmar Sherpa. He is one of the brave ones of Khumbu. Om Mani Padme Hum -- may the mantra of compassion always watch over his migrating soul! Suraj Rajbhandhari, Putali Sadak, Kathmandu

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