Bangladeshi climber dies on Everest

Fellow South Korean climber died too, reasons unknown

  • Mohammed Sajal Hossain, popularly known as Sajal Khaled 
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A Bangladeshi climber has died on Mount Everest, few hours after successfully climbing the summit, AFP reports quoting Nepalese tourism officials on Tuesday.

Mohammed Hossain, 35, and another fellow climber from South Korea, Sung Ho-Seo, 34, died in their tent.

Renowned documentary filmmaker Kawsar Mahmud has confirmed that Mohammed Hossain is noted filmmaker Mohammed Sajal Hossain, popularly known as Sajal Khaled. "Kajoler Din Raatri", a film made recently by Sajal is currently awaiting release.

“The exact cause of death is unknown, but altitude played a part,” said an official, Gyanendra Shrestha, adding that the bodies would not be recovered until after the summit season ended so as not to interrupt other climbers.

“Both men died while descending from the summit on Monday,” another official with the tourism ministry told the news agency from Everest Base Camp.

Officials said both were attempting the climb without supplementary oxygen and died on their way down from the summit.

Both men perished in the “death zone” -- above 8,000 metres, notorious for its difficult terrain and thin air.

Five other climbers have died on the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) mountain this season.

Some 300 people have perished trying to reach the summit during the last six decades. The bodies of some of them remain on the mountain.

May is considered the best time for climbing in the Nepalese Himalayas because of mild weather and some 300 people have reached the top of Everest so far this year, which marks the 60th anniversary of the maiden ascent by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary.

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