Five French climbers die in Nepal
During the autumn climbing season, five French trekkers and mountaineers died in Nepal.
7 November 2008
KATHMANDU - Five French trekkers and mountaineers were among six foreigners killed during the autumn climbing season in Nepal, the French embassy and Nepalese officials said Friday.
October and November provide good conditions for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal's Himalayan Mountains, but high altitude sickness and accidents cause fatalities every year.
"We have had five French people die in the mountains since the end of September. Of the five, two were mountaineers and three were trekkers," French Ambassador Gilles-Henry Garault told AFP.
One trekker died after falling down a gorge, another mountaineer died when his safety equipment failed and the other three all died from high altitude sickness, the ambassador said.
Nepalese mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha said the most recent fatality was Jean Mary, a 52-year-old climber who died on Ama Dablam, a 6,812-metre peak near Mount Everest.
"Mary died after falling 500 metres. His remains were recovered and brought to Kathmandu on Thursday," said Shrestha.
An Iranian mountaineer also died during a high-altitude climb.
[AFP / Expatica]