On the same day, an avalanche at a lower elevation of Mount Manaslu swept away several climbers, killing a Nepalese guide and injuring others.
KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepalese rescuers in a helicopter searched for a famous US ski climber on Tuesday, a day after she crashed near the summit of the world’s eighth highest mountain.
Also on Monday, an avalanche at a lower elevation of Mount Manaslu swept away several climbers, killing a Nepalese guide and injuring others.
Hilaree Nelson, 49, was skiing down the 26,775-foot summit with her partner Jim Morrison when she fell off the mountain, according to Jiban Ghimire of the Shangri-La Nepal Trek from Kathmandu, who organized and equipped the expedition.
Bad weather hampered rescue efforts on Monday. But visibility was good on Tuesday in better weather conditions, while a helicopter hovered over the mountain to find signs of the missing climber, Ghimire said.
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Hundreds of climbers and their local guides attempted to reach the summit during the autumn climbing season in Nepal.
All climbers who were caught by an avalanche on Monday were caught. Some of the injured were flown to Kathmandu and treated in hospitals.
One of the injured, Phurte Sherpa, said about 13-14 people were swept away by the avalanche.
“One of our friends died in the avalanche and efforts were made to recover the body, but the rescue helicopter was not yet ready,” Sherpa said. “Other injured people have broken hands and feet.”
Sherpa and his brother were flown to HAMS hospital in Kathmandu by rescue helicopter on Tuesday.
He said they were on their way to Camp 4 to drop off oxygen tanks when the avalanche threw them into Camp 3.
Nelson, from Telluride, Colorado, and Morrison, from Tahoe, California, are extreme skiers who scaled Mount Lhotse, the fourth highest in the world, in 2018.
“I’m not sure where the missing climber is, but her husband (partner) was with us on the search (today). We made two helicopter rescue attempts to find her but couldn’t,” Sherpa said.
The Nepalese government has given permission to 504 mountaineers to try to scale high mountain peaks during the autumn season. Most of them are located on Mount Manaslu.
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