Posted: May 30, 2013 01:57 pm EDT
(Newsdesk) Not as populated as Everest, but the two mountains had their share of accidents and drama this season.
Dhaulagiri us the world's 7th highest peak at 8167m.
After spending 3 nights exposed at high altitude on Dhaula, Catalonian Juanjo Garra, perished. With him was the team's Sherpa, Keshab Gurung, who volunteered to try to bring Garra down and stayed with him till the end. The 38-year-old, who has climbed 5x 8000ers (Manaslu, Everest and Shishapangma, twice, and Annapurna and Cho Oyu), was eventually evacuated from Camp 3 and flown to a hospital in Kathmandu where he is recovering from cerebral edema.
A second death on Dhaulagiri is reported as Ms. Chizuko Kono of Japan who died because of exhaustion at altitude. The 66-year-old lady perished at 7700m. Her climbing Sherpa, Dawa Sherpa, was with her. According to him she wanted to reach the top despite hearing about Garra's accident. They continued the climb but stopped 120m shy from the top as she was too exhausted. Dawa was airlifted from BC to Kathmandu on May 28.
Garra's team mate and Catalan leader, Manuel (Lolo) Gonzalez, reported that no one has summited Dhaulagiri this season.
Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world (8586m) and situated on the Nepal-Indian border, hasn't attracted large numbers of climbers as usual. Although more experienced climbers attempt this mountain, it had the highest percentage summiteer deaths this 2013 Himalaya Spring season.
One of the Catalans, Oscar Cadiach, who attempted the mountain this season, shared summiteer names and deaths.
- Mingma Sherpa (Nepal)
- Nima Sherpa (Nepal)
- Nuru Sherpa (Nepal)
- Pho Dorchi Sherpa (Nepal, died during descent)
- Bibash Gurung Sherpa (Nepal, died during descent)
- Reza Shahlai (Iran)
- Mario Vielmo (Italy)
- Zsolt Eross (Hungary, died during descent)
- Peter Kiss (Hungary, died during descent)
- Kim Hong-bin (South Korea)
- Park Nam-Su (South Korea, died during descent)
- Ms. Luo Jing (China)
- Liu Honszhong (China)
- Zhang Liang (China)
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