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Missing Indian Mountaineer found dead on Mt Everest

Courtesy: DC

Kathmandu: The Indian climber Ravi Kumar who went missing two days before, has been found dead on Monday.

The dead body was spotted by Sherpa rescuers. It was impossible to retrieve the body, said Thupden Sherpa of Arun Treks and Expedition. It appeared that Kumar had fallen some 200 meters (650 feet) below the route, he said.

Climbers from the United States, Slovakia and Australia also died on the mountain over the weekend, reported DC.

While his way down from the summit on Saturday, Kumar fell sick and could not make it to the nearest camp, though his accompanying Nepalese Sherpa guide did reach the camp. The guide was also sick, but he dragged himself to the camp at South Col, located at 8,000 meters (26,247 feet).

Kumar and his guide reached the 8,850-meter-high (29,035-foot-high) summit at about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. When they returned, it was already late and not many climbers were near their location.

Tourism department official, Kamal Prasad Adhikari confirmed that American climber Roland Yearwood, 50, from Georgiana, Alabama, died on Sunday, but it was not clear if and when his body would be brought down.

A Slovak climber, Vladimir Strba, 50, also died on Everest on Sunday, Tourism Ministry official Gyanendra Shrestha said. His body was brought the South Col camp.

Australian climber Francesco Enrico Marchetti, 54, from Queensland, died on the Chinese side of Everest, according to the Himalayan Times newspaper. Other details were not available.

According to the mountaineering officials, around six climbers die in the spring season. This number has already reached when six climbers have died.

Climbing to the summit was delayed this year due to the unfavourable weather conditions, leading to a rush in the last few days to get to the summit.