Sherpa Dies and Cyclone Hits Everest

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Prayer flags at Everest Base Camp. Photo: Seven Summits Club

Pemba Tashi Sherpa, a young Sherpa guide working with the Climbing the Seven Summits team, has died on Everest while descending from Camp 2 to Camp 1. Details are scarce, but his body was apparently recovered from a crevasse, The Himalayan Times reported. Just 27 years old, Pemba Tashi had already summited Everest five times.

Since making landfall on India’s west coast two days ago, Cyclone Tauktae has caused havoc. Now, it is hitting the Himalaya. Nepal’s Department of Tourism has advised those in the mountains to shelter from the wind. This follows a previous warning from Nepal’s Meteorological Forecasting Division. Despite this, some teams have launched a tentative summit push, hoping for conditions to improve soon.

Bad weather has settled on the mountain, as seen this afternoon from the Everest Weather Station.

Climbing the Seven Summits has not yet announced the loss of their team member. Earlier today, however, they did report on “inclement conditions…with some snow and wind up high”. They then added that the weather should clear in the next 24 hours.

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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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Enyaa
Enyaa
6 months ago

Love your articles Angela, thankyou. Sad news though ,… 🙁

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Last edited 6 months ago by Enyaa
barbara
barbara
6 months ago

25 years after 1996 desaster… hope it will not happen again!

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Gee
Gee
6 months ago

I think a lot more detail and tribute could be paid to Pemba Tashi Sherpa who gave his life for his profession and to allow others to fulfil their dreams in mountaineering. I want to hear his story and achievements, what he was like, what it’s like to help other people climb Everest five times and at such a young age. I hope you do his legacy the service of a proper article, not just a few lines – he deserves the recognition.

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Marie
Marie
6 months ago

Update: CTSS finally published a tribute to Pemba Tashi Sherpa in which they also promised to support his wife and three small kids. https://climbingthesevensummits.com/in-tribute-to-pemba-tashi-sherpa/

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Lenore Jones
Lenore Jones
6 months ago
Reply to  Marie

Oh, good. It’s a nice tribute, too. So sad.

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