Swiss climber Ueli Steck has perished on the slope of Mt Everest, according to officials of the Department of Tourism.
He fell off while preparing for the summit of Mt Nuptse and skidded about 1,000 meters down, Durga Dutta Dhakal of Department of Tourism, told media persons. Steck had received permission to climb Mt Nuptse and Mt Nuptse, according to Dhakal.
Steck, who is known by the mountaineering community as ‘Swiss Machine’ for his mountaineering feats, died in an accident while he was acclimatizing to prepare for the Everest summit via a new route. His body was recovered from the base of Mount Nupste.
The 40-year-old seasoned alpinist was preparing to climb Mount Everest via West Ridge which is regarded as a technically difficult route. The route has seen more deaths than successful ascents, say mountaineers.
“Quick Day from Base Camp up to 7,000 meters and back. I love it. It is such a great place here. I still believe in active acclimatization. This is way more effective than spending nights up in the altitude!” Steck wrote on his Facebook page on April 26.
He had climbed Mt Everest without using bottled oxygen in 2012. In 2015, he climbed all 82 Alpine peaks over 4,000 meters in just 62 days. Steck won the Piolet d’Or award, also known as the Oscar of the Mountaineering, in 2014 in recognition of his mountaineering feats.
Earlier in 2013, Steck and two other mountaineers – Simone Moro and Jonathan Griffith – were involved in a brawl with Sherpas. The unfortunate event had drawn worldwide media attention.
Steck’s body has been flown to Kathmandu.
This is the first death in the 2017 climbing season of Everest which stretches till May.