Kenyan hiker, Cheruiyot Kirui, found dead on Mt Everest

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>>BY ANN MUTETE>>

The body of Kenyan hiker Cheruiyot Kirui who was on a Mt. Everest expedition has been recovered.

Cheruiyot who was seeking to scale Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen was reported missing with his guide Nawang Sherpa on 22nd May.

Rescuers from Seven Summit Treks, a commercial adventure operator, based in Kathmandu, Nepal, discovered Cheruiyot’s body a few meters below Mt. Everest’s summit point.

Kirui is said to have gone out of contact from Bishop Rock.

“Nawang had last communicated with the base camp officials from Bishop Rock that Kirui refused to return and even consume bottled oxygen but showed abnormal behavior,” reported The Himalayan Times.

The whereabouts of his Sherpa guide are still unknown.

Kirui, a banker at KCB, was attempting a bold and dangerous endeavor seeking to be the second Kenyan to climb Mt Everest and the first to do it without supplemental oxygen.

Mt.Everest is Earth’s highest mountain above sea level with an elevation of 8,848.86m. It is located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas.

The first person to summit Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen was Italian Reinhold Andreas Messner in 1978 with Peter Habeler.

Messner did again, alone this time, in 1980.

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