Kenyan climber Cheruiyot Kirui dies on Everest

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 23 May, 2024 09:22 | < 1 min read
Climber Cheruiyot Kirui PHOTO/ (@4low_Ke) / X
Climber Cheruiyot Kirui. PHOTO/@4low_Ke/ X.

Kenyan climber Cheruiyot Kirui has died in the Everest mountain, Nepal where he attempted to reach the summit without supplementary oxygen.

"With profound sadness, we share the news of Kenyan mountaineer Cheruiyot Kirui's passing on Mt Everest. He was found a few meters below the summit point of Mt Everest, official statements from Nepal read.

Ngima Tashi Sherpa walks as he carries a Malaysian climber while rescuing him from the death zone above camp four at Everest, Nepal, May 18, 2023 in this screengrab obtained from a handout video.
Ngima Tashi Sherpa walks as he carries a Malaysian climber while rescuing him from the death zone above camp four at Everest, Nepal, May 18, 2023 in this screengrab obtained from a handout video. Gelje Sherpa/ REUTERS

Cheruiyot Kirui who was in the company of a native Nepalese guide is reported to have lost contact with their team while attempting to scale the challenging Bishop Rock, situated at an altitude of 8,000 meters.

"He was on a daring mission to reach the summit without supplementary oxygen and was accompanied by a Nepali climber Nawang Sherpa, whose fate is still unknown (was missing with him)," they added.

"His indomitable will and passion for mountaineering will forever be an inspiration. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this time of sorrow. Rest in peace, Cheruiyot," marked the end of the statement.

Cheruiyot Kirui was a banker working for KCB at the time of his demise.

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