Netizens react after Kenyan climber Cheruiyot Kirui dies on Mt Everest

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 23 May, 2024 09:18 | 3 mins read
Climber Cheruiyot Kirui PHOTO/ (@4low_Ke) / X
Climber Cheruiyot Kirui. PHOTO/@4low_Ke/ X.

Cheruiyot Kirui, a Kenyan banker working for KCB Group, has died on Mt Everest, expedition officials revealed. 

It is hinted that Cheruiyot was backpacking the tallest mountain in an attempt to test his human limits. 

On May 22, 2024, climber Cheruiyot Kirui and his Sherpa guide went missing above 8000m. The expedition team says they ought to have submitted on Tuesday, May 21, but were last heard from on Wednesday.

Mountain climber Cheruiyot Kirui during one of his expeditions. PHOTO/ (@KipronoLeting) / X

Daring Mt Everest

In addition, a Romanian climber, Gabriel Viorel Tabara (48), was found dead in his tent near camp 3 (7,470m), just before attempting the summit of Lhotse to the north of Everest without supplemental oxygen.

It was reported that he completed acclimatization and several rotations in preparation for the summit push.

The Romanian climber is the third victim this season of the expeditions on the highest mountain peak in the world, Everest.

“Gabriel and his Sherpa guide had a normal day and went to their tents as climbers usually do. But Gabriel never woke up ," Mohan Lamsal, the organizer of Gabriel's trip said.

The Romanian mountaineer's expedition to Mount Everest lasted more than two months. Medical examiners will determine the cause of death after the man's lifeless body is recovered by authorities.

Mountain climber Cheruiyot Kirui during acclimatization. PHOTO/ (@j_muhia) / X

Netizens Reactions

The news of Kirui's death has taken many Kenyans by surprise and several netizens have shared their insights as they wait for more updates from authorities.

Below are some of their reactions: