Chinese Climber Dies on Lhotse

Altitude sickness to blame

South face of Lhotse

    Photo: lluis Cabarrocas Ribas

A Chinese climber, Xiaoshi Li, died while attempting to summit Lhotse, the world's fourth-highest mountain, on Monday.

"Li died due to sickness on his way to Lhotse peak," Nivesh Karki of the expedition organizer Seven Summit Treks said.

Li fell ill on Saturday at 8,000 meters while attempting to approach the summit.

"The rescue operation by the helicopter was operated for two days but could not be successful due to bad weather at the height where Lee had fallen sick," the mountaineering section of Nepal's Ministry of Tourism told Xinhuanet.

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