One dead while climbing Everest

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An official at the Ministry of Tourism says that a Sherpa who was guiding a group of climbers on an Everest expedition has fallen into a crevasse and died.

Mount Everest (file photo)

Namgyal Tshering Sherpa, the mountaineering guide was died after he slipped into the crack on Saturday, ministry official said as told by the members of the team.

Sherpa had scaled the peak twice before. He is the second guide to die while climbing Everest in this year’s spring climbing season. Climbers generally try to scale Everest in May.

On Wednesday, experienced climber Karsang Namgyal died from altitude sickness.

More than 3,000 people have climbed Everest, which straddles Nepal and China, since it was first conquered by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953 and every year hundreds more set out in April to attempt the climb.

Around 300 people have died trying to reach the summit.

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