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  NEPALI SHERPA FALLS TO DEATH ON GASHERBRUM-I (8068M) WEST RIDGE


Japan JWAF Expedition to G-I led by Mr. Kondo Kazuyoshi arrived in Pakistan on June 8, 2005. The expedition made its first attempt on the peak on July 28th via difficult west ridge. This team comprised one Japanese Mr. Fujikawa Katsuhito and three Nepalese Sherpas Mr. Tika Ram Gurung, Mr. Dawa Nurbu Sherpa and Mr. Phura Chhere Sherpa) and succeeded in scaling the peak. The second attempt was made by five Japanese and three Nepalese Sherpas. They started the climb on August 2nd reaching camp II at 6800 m on August 4th. On the morning of August 5th the team left camp II for camp III at 6800 metres. They fixed rope on the route and after 30 minutes they reached the top of the White Dome (a steep corniced ridge). There the ice ridge is very sharp with a snow cornice Dawa Nurbu Sherpa was leading the climbers. Suddenly the cornice broke and he disappeared in a mass of the snow falling from the cornice. The rest of the team stopped the climb and tried to search for the body of the Sherpa. But they only could see up to 20 meters down. Beyond that the icy slope went 800 meters down almost vertically. The search was then abandoned and the team returned to camp-I. Next day on August 6th the weather was good. The team tried to locate Dawa’s body from below where the Sherpa must have landed after his fall. But the body was not there to be found. Ultimately it was spotted by a Sherpa somewhere high up near camp-II far below the White Dome. It was in a position where it was impossible to recover it from. Search was then finally abandoned.

Name: Mr. Dawa Nurbu Sherpa
Nationality: Nepal
Occupation: Climbing Guide (independent), Kathmandu, Nepal
Date of Birth: 21-August-1972
Place of Birth: Makalu – 9 , Sankhuwasabha, Nepal

Residential Address: Residential address: Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal

Most Recent date of visits to Pakistan with places:
From 7th June to 2nd August 2004 (K2 Expedition)

 

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