As you know from my expedition reports, the first death on Mt. Everestthis season was Lhakpa Nuru, our Sherpa, who died in an avalanche inthe Khumbu Icefall.
Here is a message I just received from Dawa Steven, the Managing Director of Asian Trekking:
I hope this email finds you all well.
Yesterday, we received a call from the Sirdar of an Expedition on Everest who had reached base camp a few days ago. They informed us that they spotted the body of Lhakpa Nuru in the icefall. They couldnt give us any further details but said with certainty that it is Lhakpa Nuru.
Today, we sent up 4 sherpas under the leadership of Naga Dorje to retrieve the body. They will reach Base camp tomorrow morning. I am taking Lhakpa’s widow with me to Khumbu and help with the arrangements of the funeral. Unfotunately our flights were cancelled this morning due to the weather in Lukla. We hope to fly tomorrow! Though its difficult for his family to have old wounds opened again, I hope that having a proper puja and cremation will give them the needed closure and bring peace to Lhakpa’s soul.
If anyone would like to contribute to help Lhakpa’s young family, their bank details are:
Himalayan Bank, Thamel.
A/C holder: Urgen Tenzing Sherpa (The account is in his Son’s name)
A/C No. 01902302580011
SWIFT No: HIMANPKA
Please let me know if you make any contributions and I will follow it up from here. Thanks to many of you who have already contributed.
I will keep you informed you about the retrieval and the funeral.