Kangchenjunga is the world’s third highest peak at 8,586 metres and is regularly guided by a number of expeditions operators. While descending the peak, three climbers, Ramesh Ray, Biplab Baidya and Kuntal Karar, required a rescue. They reached out for help at around 8,000 metres. An SOS was sent from a GPS device asking for urgent help.
The three climbers were suffereing from hypothermia and snowblindness when Nirmal Purja and two Sherpas, Gesman Tamang and Mingma David attempted to rescue them, but only got Ray to camp four. Baidya and Karar face nearly impossible odds of surviving and no further rescue is planned. Ray is in critical condition.
A day after the three climbers began to fall ill, a Chilean climber went missing near the summit. Rodrigo Vivanco went missing above camp four after reaching the top and no rescue is planned. Purja and his team were recently involved in another rescue on Annapurna with Wui Kin Chin who later died in hospital. Purja is attempting to climb every 8,000-metre peak within seven months as part of Project Possible. Updates to come.
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Congratulations🎈🎉 to the team of @elitehimalayanadventures and Seven Summit Treks for Successful Ascent of 3rd Highest Peak in the world, Mt Kangchenjunga 8586m. As a part of Mission Project Possible 14/7 three climbers Nirmal Purja @nimsdai, Mingma Gyabu Sherpa @mingma_david_sherpa and Gesman Tamang @gesmantamang climbed Mt. Kangchenjunga this morning at 11:19 AM. On the way down from the summit, 2 Indian climbers are in difficulty, the team of Nirmal Purja is now in the progress of Rescue above 8000m; considered as death zone ! Hope for good news 🤞 Stay Connected ! #elitehimalayanadventure #missionpossible #14/7 #sst #14peak #sevensummit #kangchenjunga #kangchenjungaexoedition #kangchenjunga2019 #nepal #climbers #mountaineering 🇳🇵