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Lobsang Sherpa falls to his death on Lhotse Face

Posted: May 09, 2013 02:21 pm EDT

(By Nick Boudreau) Everest climbing sherpa, Lobsang Sherpa, fell to his death just below the Yellow Band at 7,500m on the Lhotse Face on May 8. Lobsang had traveled up from Camp 2 to South Col Camp 4 to set up camp. On his way down he reportedly slipped when changing his safety and fell an estimated 700m and into a crevasse.

Other Sherpa climbers witnessed the fall and immediate radioed for search and rescue. Rescuers regrettably found that he had passed after extracting him from the crevasse. Simrik Air Capt. Siddhartha Gurung (Nepal), Capt. Daniel Brunner (Switzerland) and the Nepalese Mountain Rescue Team gathered Lobsang’s body and flew him to Kathmandu. Lobsang was 25 years old, said Himalaya Guides' Tshering Pande Bhote, who sent over the news to ExplorersWeb.

This was the fourth fatality of the 2013 Everest climbing season.



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Simrik Air's Capt. Siddhartha Gurung (Nepal), Capt. Daniel Brunner (Switzerland) and the Nepalese Mountain Rescue Team conducted the rescue. [All images of the rescue on May 8]
Image by Simrik Air courtesy Tshering Pande Bhote, www.himalayaguides.com, SOURCE
The Simrik Air pilots approaching Everest.
Image by Simrik Air courtesy Tshering Pande Bhote, www.himalayaguides.com, SOURCE
The Search and Rescue team found Lopsang Sherpas' body at 6800m. (See helicopter circled in image)
Image by Simrik Air courtesy Tshering Pande Bhote, www.himalayaguides.com, SOURCE
Simrik Air Helicopter rescued the body from 6700m, Himalaya Guides' Tshering Pande Bhote told ExWeb.
Image by Simrik Air courtesy Tshering Pande Bhote, www.himalayaguides.com, SOURCE
The Simrik Air Helicopter Pilot and Nepali Mountain Rescue Team are trained by the Alpine Rescue Foundation, Zermatt (Switzerland)
Image by Simrik Air courtesy Tshering Pande Bhote, www.himalayaguides.com, SOURCE
Lobsang Sherpa was 25 years old,
Image by Simrik Air courtesy Tshering Pande Bhote, www.himalayaguides.com, SOURCE
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