(By Raheel Adnan and Correne Coetzer) Several summits were reported from Kangchenjunga, yesterday. But the news arriving from the mountain today, are not pleasant.
Hungarians Zsolt Eross and Peter Kiss reached summit at 1800hrs local time, after climbing for 24hours. The home team reports that Zsolt called at around 2000hrs local time, telling that he is feeling week and has descended only 60-100m yet. Peter was also with him. They spent the freezing night at 8300m. Their home-team and BC manager remained in constant communication with them, throughout the night.
At dawn, Zsolt called and said that he is feeling little better. Peter was still with him, "(Zsolt) is in a little bad shape, but slowly descending down."
Current situation is not very clear. Probably they managed to descend to C4. At the moment, Zsolt seems alone while whereabouts of Peter are not known. Base camp manager Lajos Kollar, who couldn't contact other climbers on the mountain, has arranged two sherpas and sent them up for assistance.
Meanwhile, another tragedy struck the mountain when an avalanche swept away C2. Hungarians home-team wrote on website that one Korean climber and a Sherpa were killed in the incident.
Oscar Cadiach's home team reports that he is in C3 at the moment, while no updates are available from Iranian and Italian teams. Carlos Soria has safely reached C1.
Today, sad news also arrived from Everest about unfortunate demise of two climbers, Seo Sung-Ho of South Korea and Mohammed Hossain of Bangladesh. Seo Sung-Ho perished while descending Everest after summiting without O2, an official with the Nepal Tourism Ministry told AFP from Everest Base Camp. He had done 12x8000m peaks and had only K2 and Broad Peak left. Mr. Seo was part of the Zero to 8848 expedition, which started from the Bay of Bengal at sea level kayaking, then biking and trekking to Everest.
Mohammed Hossain also died after successfully summited.
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.
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