Danish Mountaineer Dies in Tibet

A Dane and two other foreign mountaineers have reportedly died and one was injured while trying to explore mountains in Tibet during this spring mountaineering seanon, according to the China Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA) Friday morning.

Tom Jørgensen, a 56 year-old Danish mountaineer, died on the way back to Zham Port in Tibet on May 19, said Zhang Minxing, Secretary-General of the CTMA. After found to suffer from serious high altitude sickness, Jorgensen was sent back to Zham Port from Mt. Everest, but died despite rescue efforts.

On May 3, Sergey Nkitin, 53 year-old Russian mountaineer, was found dead around 4 am (local time) in his tent at the Mt. Cho Oyu’ s camp 2, which is 6,800 meters above sea level. According to Zhang, Sergey was also died because of the high altitude sickness.

Another victim, 54 year-old Luszlo Alfred Varkonyi from Hungary, died after an ice avalanche happened at the 7,028 meters of the Mt. Qomolangma in April 26. His body was later found at 6,800 meters, according to Zhang, and Luszlo’s teammate was lightly injured.

According to the CTMA, during the spring mountaineering season from April to June, Mount Everest wich are 8,000 meters above sea level, have received over 500 explorers.

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