The body of Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki has been recovered from Mount Everest on May 21, 2018. Picture: AFP
The body of Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki has been recovered from Mount Everest on May 21, 2018. Picture: AFP

Tragedy as two climbers die on Everest

TWO foreign climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest have died on the world's highest peak, a Nepal mountaineering official confirmed.

Members of their expedition teams reported a Japanese climber died Monday and a Macedonian died on Sunday, said Gyanendra Shrestha, who is stationed at Everest's base camp during the climbing season and received the reports of the deaths.

The Japanese climber was identified as 35-year-old Nobukazu Kuriki and the Macedonian as 63-year-old Gjeorgi Petkov, the New York Post reports.

In this 2015 photo, Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki poses with a Nepalese flag. Kuriki and another climber died on Mount Everest on Monday. Picture: AP
In this 2015 photo, Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki poses with a Nepalese flag. Kuriki and another climber died on Mount Everest on Monday. Picture: AP

Kuriki was a known mountaineer who had made several attempts on Everest. He lost most of his fingers due to frostbite during an attempt in 2012.

Reuters reported that it was Kuriki's eighth attempt at climbing the mountain. He was found dead while sleeping in a tent at camp 2, which is at 24,278 feet.

"Sherpas found his body inside the tent," officials said.

Nepali men carry the body of Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki onto a helicopter after it was recovered from Mount Everest/ Picture: AFP
Nepali men carry the body of Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki onto a helicopter after it was recovered from Mount Everest/ Picture: AFP

The Macedonian climber's body was at a higher elevation.

Further details were not available.

Some 340 foreign climbers and their Sherpa guides are attempting to scale Everest this month and many succeeded in the past week during good weather.

Teams have to end their attempts by the end of this month as weather conditions deteriorate.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been republished with permission.