A Japanese climber has decided to abandon his attempt to climb Mount Everest after reaching the final camp on Sunday.
Nobukazu Kuriki, who lost nine fingers to frostbite, was the sole mountaineer attempting the first summit of Mount Everest since Nepal’s devastating earthquake that destroyed part of the base camp in April. He returned after finding it very tough to move up to the deep snow in the autumn season.
“I tried hard taking all my energy, but it took too much time to move in deep deep snow,” said the Japanese climber on social media website. “I realized if I kept going, I wouldn’t be able to come back alive,” he added.
The 33-year-old took the decision after attempting a final push to reach the 8,848 meters summit. It was the fifth time he had tried to reach at the top of the Mount Everest in previous years. The mountaineer publicly thanked the ones who showed support in achieving the milestone.
Mr. Kuriki was following the same route used by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay when they became the first people to reach the summit in 1953. He has tried to conquer the world’s highest mountain alone, heading to the top of the peak without support staff and supplemental oxygen.
In the past, the climber has been forced to return back four times with the summit in view. Three years ago, he lost all of his fingers and one thumb after spending two days in a snow hole at 8,230 meters in temperatures lower that -20C.
Nepal is home to eight of the world’s 144 peaks over 8,000 meters. The Nepalese climbing industry suffered a major setback on the 25 April as the earthquake destroyed the popular Langtrang trekking route. The April 25 tragedy killed nearly 9,000 people in the Himalayan nation. IMAGE/ Facebook/ Nobukazu Kuriki