Three Die on Nepal’s Dhaulagiri

Climbers and guide went missing Friday


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A Spanish climber, a Japanese climber, and a Nepalese guide have died while attempting to climb Nepal’s Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh-highest mountain. 

Juanjo Garra, 50, broke his ankle on Thursday and was stuck for three days high up on the mountain, joined by Kheshav Sherpa, waiting to be rescued by helicopter. Simone Moro and Maurizio Folini attempted to transport three Sherpas with supplies to the climbers, but strong winds kept the rescue team from reaching them until yesterday. Garra was confirmed dead and Kheshav has been airlifted to Pokhara for treatment.

Chijuko Kono, 67, and Nepalese guide Dawa Sherpa went missing Friday from a group of 21 climbers. They died at an altitude of around 25,000 feet. The cause of death is still being investigated.

There have now been 13 confirmed deaths in the Himalayas this year, with another five feared dead on Kangchenjunga.