Japanese climber who lost fingertips to frostbite dies on eighth attempt of Mount Everest

Sherpas found Nobukazu Kuriki’s body in a tent at 7,400 metres on the mountain

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 May, 2018, 3:15pm
UPDATED : Monday, 21 May, 2018, 10:02pm

A Japanese climber, who lost nine fingertips to frostbite in a previous expedition, died on Monday during an attempt to climb Mount Everest, an official said, the third person to die during the current climbing season.

Nobukazu Kuriki, 36, was found dead in a tent at 7,400 metres (24,278 feet) on the 8,850-metre mountain, tourism department official Gyanendra Shrestha said from base camp.

“Sherpas found his body inside the tent,” Shrestha said.

Details of the incident are not immediately available due to poor communication with the higher camp, he said.

Kuriki had made seven unsuccessful attempts to scale Everest.

In 2012, Kuriki spent two days in a snow hole at 8,230 metres on Everest in temperatures below minus 20 degrees Celsius. That was when he had to have his fingertips amputated.

Macedonian Gjeorgi Petkov, 63, died at the weekend climbing Everest, hiking officials said without giving details.

Last week, Hong Kong man Christopher Lam Koon-wah died of altitude sickness during his Everest bid.

Lam, who was in his 40s, reportedly fell ill on ­Sunday when his group neared ­Everest Base Camp, at about 5,000 metres above sea level.

Scores of climbers have successfully made it to the top of Everest this month taking the benefit of good weather, officials said.

Nepal has allowed more than 340 foreign climbers to ascend the peak during the current season which started in March and continues through this month.