Kathmandu, May 20 (IANS) Seasoned Indian mountaineer Rajib Bhattacharya died while descending from the summit of Mount Dhaulagiri, which at 8,167 metres is the world’s seventh highest mountain.
He died here on Thursday afternoon.
A resident of Joypurbil in West Bengal’s Howrah district, Bhattacharya, 43, lost his life after complaining of snow blindness, according to Pemba Sherpa, manager at the Seven Summit Treks.
Migma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks that arranged the expedition told IANS that his body was still in the camp and it was going to very difficult to bring it down due to treacherous terrain.
But Sherpa told The Himalayan Times: “Efforts are underway to bring his body to Kathmandu.”
Bhattacharya had climbed Mount Everest in 2011 and Mount Kanchenjunga in 2013.
Mount Dhaulagiri had witnessed its first summit of the season after four foreigners and a Sherpa guide, locally managed by Seven Summit Treks, made it to the top of the peak.