In a tragic turn of events, a deadly avalanche struck Shishapangma on October 6, 2023, resulting in fatalities and climbers gone missing. The incident has been reported by Imagine Nepal and Seven Summit Treks.
Fatalities and Injuries:
- Two climbers have tragically lost their lives in the avalanche. Among the victims are American woman climber Anna Gutu and her guide Mingmar Sherpa.
- Three Nepali climbers sustained injuries in the avalanche, with Mingma G Sherpa, a renowned climber, injured above Camp III. He has been successfully brought down to Camp II. Injured climber Kami Rita Sherpa has also been rescued and brought to Camp II.
- However, two climbers, American woman climber Gina Marie and her guide Tenjen (Lama), are still missing in the aftermath of the avalanche.
- An extensive rescue operation is underway to locate and save the missing climbers.
- To aid in the efforts, 20 additional Tibetan guides have been mobilized for rescue and evacuation operations in the avalanche-stricken area.
- A team of Sherpa climbers has also been deployed to assist in the rescue operation.
- Helicopters have been employed to evacuate the injured climbers, highlighting the urgency of the situation.
The climbing community and authorities are joining forces in a race against time to locate and rescue the missing climbers and provide support to those injured in this devastating avalanche on Shishapangma.