Kenyan Mountaineer Cheruiyot Kirui found dead

  • May 23, 2024
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Kenyan Mountaineer Cheruiyot Kirui found dead

Kenyan climber Cheruiyot Kirui has been found dead near the summit of Mount Everest, officials at Everest Base Camp have confirmed. His Sherpa guide, Nawang, is still missing, prompting ongoing search efforts by rescuers and fellow climbers.

Kirui, a banker with KCB, had embarked on the perilous climb without supplemental oxygen. His body was discovered just meters below the peak by rescuers from Seven Summit Treks. Kirui lost contact after reaching Bishop Rock, a notorious spot at 8,000 meters, where his guide, Nawang, last reported his unusual behavior and refusal to descend or use bottled oxygen.

Nawang’s current whereabouts remain unknown, and search teams are braving the harsh conditions to locate him. This incident has added to the recent series of accidents on Everest this climbing season, raising concerns about the dangers faced by climbers.

“Kirui, a banker working with KCB, and his Sherpa guide Nawang were last contacted at Bishop Rock,” Sherpa is quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times. “Kirui showed abnormal behavior with his guide.”

Cheruiyot Kirui’s dream of summiting Mount Everest turned into a tragic nightmare. His and Nawang’s disappearance occurred during a daring attempt to scale the mountain without the aid of bottled oxygen, a feat known for its extreme risks.

This tragedy follows the recent deaths of two Mongolian climbers and the disappearance of another pair after a route collapse. The mountaineering community remains on edge, anxiously awaiting news from the ongoing rescue operations.

As the search for Nawang continues, the climbing community is reminded of the perilous nature of Everest expeditions. The loss of Kirui is a stark reminder of the mountain’s unforgiving environment, where the line between triumph and tragedy is perilously thin.

Kirui’s story is a somber chapter in the annals of Everest climbing, highlighting both the allure and the danger of the world’s highest peak. The mountaineering community mourns his loss and hopes for the safe recovery of Nawang, as they continue to push the boundaries of human endurance and spirit.




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