Everest: One Dead, Another Evacuated on Russian Team

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Everest's final sections before the summit. Photo: Seven Summits Club

The Russian 7 Summits Club Expedition, led by Alex Abramov, has posted some cheery updates about their Everest success. These huzzahs include some obscure local records, such as the first woman from Murmansk.

They didn’t mention that one of their Sherpa guides, Wong Dorchi Sherpa of the Sankhuwasabha District in eastern Nepal, died shortly before reaching Camp 4. He was on his way down from the summit.

Abramov himself did not summit with the rest of his group. He chose to stay behind at 8,500m with member Dmitry Livanov, who complained of chest pain. Later, Abramov confirmed that Livanov, a former Minister of Education in Russia, was evacuated to the hospital.

Dorchi Sherpa is the fourth casualty on Everest this year. Another Sherpa guide fell fatally into a crevasse below Camp 2 last week. Two other climbers, Abdul Waraich of Switzerland and Puwei Liu of the U.S. died, much like Dorchi Sherpa, shortly after summiting.

Waraich and Liu’s cause of death was described as “exhaustion” — a kind of grab-bag, non-medical term for any death in the high mountains not from falling, rocks, obvious Acute Mountain Sickness, etc. We don’t know whether COVID factored into any of these deaths.

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Pawel
Pawel
4 months ago

the death of the two climbers from Switzerland and US could be connected with Covid because:
Amin Dehghan summited Everest on 12th May, then back in Kathmandu he tested covid positive on 18th May… well, nothing special, one of many but… He was with SST, on 12th May with the same summit push group that included those two climbers that died from exhaustion… The incubation period is from two to 14 days, generally 4-5, so almost for sure he catch it when high on mountain and not in BC or Kathmandu after return…

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Bernd
Bernd
4 months ago
Reply to  Pawel

bravo……this is realy importand…………..

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Updates
4 months ago

RIP….Puwei Liu reached as high as Hilary Step and did not summit, to update reporting in this article.

https://www.outsideonline.com/2423820/everest-deaths-two-climbers

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