Sherpa Dead, British Mountaineer Injured In Earthquake Triggered Avalanche While Climbing Ama Dablam
Ama Dablam, Nepal – On Monday, November 28, 2016 an early morning earthquake triggered an avalanche in the the remote Himalaya Mountains of Nepal. The avalanche injured a 43-year-old Nepalese mountaineer and a British mountaineer who were part of a 13-member team attempting to climb Ama Dablam ( 6,812 meters/22,349 foot).
The climbers were climbing from Camp II to Camp III at approximately 6000 meters (19680 feet) when the incident occurred. Both were long-lined from the scene by helicopter. Unfortunately, the Sherpa guide died while en route to the hospital.
The 5.6 magnitude earthquake occurred at around 5:20 AM approximately 120 km east of Kathmandu in the “border area of Ramechhap and Solukhumbu in eastern Nepal.” It is being called an “aftershock of the Gorkha earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015” (The HimalayanTimes.com).
The incident was reported by the expedition organizer Himalayan Guides Nepal. Other members of the expedition are safe.
The HimalayanTimes.com identified the avalanche victim as Lakpa Thundu Sherpa of Pangboche, Solukhumbu. The British climber was identified as Ciaran Hill.
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