‘We saved his life’: Nepali sherpa saves climber in rare rescue near Everest summit
Guardian, 01 Jun 2023
A Malaysian climber narrowly survived after a Nepali sherpa guide hauled him down from below the summit of Mount Everest in a very rare high-altitude rescue, a government official has said. Gelje Sherpa, 30, was guiding a Chinese client to the 8,849-metre (29,032ft) Everest summit on 18 May when he saw the Malaysian climber clinging to a rope and shivering from extreme cold in the area known as the death zone, where temperatures can dip to -30C or lower. Gelje hauled the climber 600 metres down from the Balcony to the South Col over a period of about six hours, where Nima Tashi Sherpa, another guide, joined the rescue.
Nepali sherpa saves climber in rare Everest ‘death zone’ rescue