Saudi- Two Foreign Climbers Die on Everest, Nepal Ministry Says
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency)
Kathmandu, Sha'ban 14, 1437, May 21, 2016, SPA -- Two foreign climbers have died on Mount Everest, a spokesman for Nepal's Tourism Ministry said Saturday.
"One Dutch citizen died due to altitude sickness. Another foreign climber also died due to altitude sickness," said Gyanendra Shrestha.
The nationality of the second climber has not yet been confirmed, dpa reported.
They are the first fatalities on the world's highest peak since expeditions resumed this year.
Everest expeditions in 2014 were cancelled after 16 Sherpas died in an icefall avalanche. In 2015, another avalanche triggered by a 7.8-magnitude quake killed 19 mountaineers at the Everest Base Camp, prompting the cancellation of all trips.
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