The victims of an avalanche that took place just below Camp II of Mount Everest in Solukhumbu district have been identified as the death toll in the tragedy increased to 12 by today evening.
The Home Ministry as well as the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) have confirmed the death of 12 mountaineers so far. Three other mountaineers are still missing while three others who were found injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment.
The victims of the tragedy that took place high in the mountains are Mingma Nuru Sherpa and Dorji Sherpa of Namche-4, Solukhumbu; Ang Tshiri Sherpa of Namche-07 and Nima Sherpa of Namche-09; Phurba Ongyal Sherpa of Khumjung-07, Solukhumbu; Lakpa Tenjing Sherpa and Chhring Ongchu Sherpa of Khumjung-02; Dorjee Khatri of Lelep-09, Taplejung; Then Dorjee Sherpa of Khumjung-07; Phur Tempa Sherpa of Yaphu-09, Sankhuwasabha; Pasag Karma Sherpa of Juvin-05, Solukhumbu and Asman Tamang of Sotang-09, Solukhumbu.
Similarly, those missing are Tenzing Chottar Sherpa of Namche-09, Solukhumbu; Ankaji Sherpa of Makalu-09, Sankhuwasabha; Pem Tenji Sherpa of Choksam-02, Solukhumbu and Ash Bahadur Gurung of Laprak-07, Gorkha.
The deceased as well as the missing mountaineers belong to Shangrila Nepal, Himalayan Guides Nepal Treks and Expedition, Seven Summit Treks, Summit Nepal Trekking and Himalayan Ecstasy Treks.
The tragedy took place after avalanche swept away climbing parties at 5,800 meters, just below Camp II of the world’s tallest mountain on Friday morning.
Reports said personnel of Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and liaison officers from the tourism ministry are currently involved in rescue operation. Guides from Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) and icefall doctors are also involved in search and rescue operations.