Sherpa Pulmonary Edema Fatality on Poor Luck Makalu West BC Team

Everest News reports Sumbu Sherpa, working for the Spanish “Al Filo” team, died in Makalu West’s BC (5400m) apparently from high altitude pulmonary edema.

The ‘Al Filo’ team is experiencing tragedy for the second time on Makalu’s West Pillar. During a previous expedition in 2002, six Sherpas died when the helicopter they were in crashed on the return flight from the mountain. Both the helicoper crew members died as well.

8485 meters high, Makalu is the fifth highest mountain on Earth. Its name means ‘The Great Black’. It is a four-faced pyramid, with a secondary peak – Chomo Lonzo or Makalu II (25,650 ft/7818 m) – separated from the main summit by a narrow saddle, known as Makalu La.

It was first climbed by a French team led by Jean Franco on May 15, 1955.

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