Nobukazu Kuriki: Everest climber dies on eighth failed quest for summit


A 63-year-old climber from the southeastern Europe died while attempting to climb the world's highest mountain this afternoon, according to base camp officials.

Nobukazu Kuriki, 36, was found dead while sleeping in a camp 2 tent at 7,400 metres (24,278 feet) on the 8,850-metre (29,035-feet) mountain, tourism department official Gyanendra Shrestha said from base camp.

A Japanese climber has died during his eighth attempt to climb Mount Everest.

In 2015, he tried again to scale the peak in the autumn climbing season, just months after devastating quakes killed almost 9,000 people in Nepal and halted expeditions on the mountain.

Mr. Gurung, the expedition organizer, said Mr. Kuriki had also died near Camp Three.

Scores of climbers have successfully made it to the top of Everest this month taking the benefit of good weather, officials said.

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"Sherpas found his body inside the tent", Shrestha said.

"I am here at 7,400 meters now", Kuriki wrote in one of his final posts on Facebook, The Himalayan Times reported. He lost most of his fingers due to frostbite during an unsuccessful attempt in 2012. "Now, I feel the pain and difficulty in this Mountain and I'm up and up".

Kuriki was a known mountaineer who climbed many mountains and made several attempts on Everest.

Around 400 people have so far reached the summit of Everest as the busy spring climbing season - which runs from April to May - gets into full swing.

As he reached the summit of the world's highest peak on Wednesday, Mr Rita broke the records of two other Sherpa guides who had climbed it 21 times.

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