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Icefall Doctor, Mingar Sherpa, died

Posted: Apr 09, 2013 01:12 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) Tshering Pande Bhote from Himalaya Guides sent over more news about the death of the Icefall Doctor on April 7, as reported in ExWeb's World News Himalayan Times article.

"Simrik Air Helicopter 9N-AKF B3e was involved in the rescue operation of Mr. Mingar Sherpa's body on Mt Everest Khumbu Icefall at 6200m. The operation was conducted by Captain Siddhartha J. Gurung and his Nepali Mountain Guide Rescue Specialist Team."

"While opening the route to climb Mt Everest and Lhotse for this spring season 2013, Mingar Sherpa fell 45m into a crevasse and died."

"The late Mr. Mingmar Sherpa was working as a Khumbu Icefall route setter (Icefall Doctor). Khumbu Icefall is the main entrance route to climb Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse shar and Mt Nuptse."

"This is the first fatal accident on Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse hopefully the last we pray for it and wish good luck for all the climbers. Simrik Air Helicopter and Nepali Mountain Guides Rescue Specialist team are deeply sad for him and his family. Condolence and let Mr. Mingmar Sherpa rest his soul and all the climbers will never forget you and your hard work."

Sherpas who maintain the safest path in the mountains for other climbers are regarded as Icefall Doctors.

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Simrik Air rescue Helicopter.
Image by Simrik Air courtesy Tshering Pande Bhote

Image by Simrik Air courtesy Tshering Pande Bhote

Image by Simrik Air courtesy Tshering Pande Bhote
Placing the ladders in the Khumbu Icefall is part of the task of the Icefall Doctors. Archive image.
courtesy John Turner / Achieving New Heights
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