Posted: May 22, 2013 05:57 pm EDT
(By Raheel Adnan) Precise details about Kangchenjunga disaster haven’t arrived yet but as per update on Carlos Soria’s Facebook page, 11 climbers reached the summit of Kangchenjunga on 20th May and sadly five perished during descent. Recent update on Desnivel suggests that remaining climbers and sherpas have safely arrived at BC, now.
The last statement on Hungarian team’s official page published this morning reads, “The 2013 Kangchenjunga Expedition's two top climbers, Zsolt Eross and Peter Kiss disappeared at around 8000m, during the descent from the peak." But the chances of survival of two climbers are non-existent. Carlos Soria’s update presumes both Hungarians dead.
The Desnivel report also says that C2 was swept away by an avalanche but that doesn’t seem to be cause of causalities (contrary to the Hungarians' website report). Rather all deceased climbers perished high on the mountain. Apart from two Hungarians, Korean climber Park Nam Su and two sherpas (Phurba Sherpa and Vivas Sherpa) are the other climbers who passed away.
Earlier on May 20th, Iranian lady Parvaneh Kazemi, who reached 8200m in her first summit push, had to abandon her push yet again because of lungs and throat infection. But her Iranian fellow Raza Shahlai made it to the top along with Mingma Gyalje Sherpa and two Koreans. They reached the summit at 1500hrs local time.
74 years old Carlos Soria also had to turn back from 8300m. The final leg of climb from C4 to summit proved to be too long and seemed like taking more time than anticipated. Carlos says his calculations depicted that continuing towards summit would put him in danger. He is back in BC, his home team reported to ExplorersWeb.
Also, as per news reports, Korean Kim Hong-bin reached the summit at 1615hrs local time. Kim lost fingers of his both hands due to frostbites during a solo attempt on Denali. Catalonian Oscar Cadiach and Italian Mario Vielmo's summits are also confirmed.
Zsolt Eross was a 'Snow leopard' and was targeting to climb all peaks above eight-thousand meters. Kangchenjunga was his 10th eight-thousander. Zsolt was first Hungarian to summit Everest. In 2010, he lost his right leg below knee but continued climbing with artificial feet. Peter Kiss was most prominent young Hungarian climber with extensive experience in Alps.
Based in Lahore, Pakistan telecom engineer and mountaineering enthusiast Raheel Adnan is contributing reporter for ExplorersWeb's mountaineering sections. He shares regular updates on Twitter and runs his own blog at AltitudePakistan posting initiated climbing news from Himalaya and Karakoram.