Nepali Sherpa guide rescues Malaysian climber in Mount Everest’s ‘death zone’
Location Mount Everest. Date: 2023-05-18
In an act of bravery, a Nepali Sherpa pulled off an ‘impossible’ rescue of a Malaysian climber from the ‘death zone’ of Mount Everest.
This incident happened when Gelje Sherpa was guiding a Chinese client up the peak of the mountain on May 18.
Visuals showed Gelje carrying the rescued Malaysian climber on his back and walking across the snow-covered region. The Malaysian climber was wrapped in a sleeping mat and tied with a rope which made it possible for Gelje to carry him on his back. According to a report, Gelje and another guide, named
Ngima Tashi Sherpa conducted this rescue operation. The Malaysian climber was carried in turns for almost six hours as he was taken to a medical camp. Gelje had first spotted the climber who had clung onto a rope above 8,000m. He was shivering with cold.
A helicopter was then used to take the Malaysian climber from 23,500 ft high Camp 3 to the base camp. The Malaysian climber was in the ‘death zone’ which is known by that name as it is not only 8,000m high above the sea level but also because of low atmospheric oxygen in the area, which can lead to a person’s death. It was learnt that the climber was alive and recovering.