13.1 C
Saturday, June 22, 2024

Two Chinese climbers give up summit of Qomolangma to save life

Must read

The Caspian Times is a platform that showcases stories and perspectives from across Eurasia. We aim to inform, inspire and empower our readers with high-quality journalism that covers the diverse and dynamic region.

Two Chinese climbers from Hunan province chose to help a climber in distress instead of conquering the peak of Qomolangma, also known as Mount Everest in the West, on May 18.

Fan Jiangtao, the leader of the Hunan mountaineering team, and his fellow member Xie Ruxiang were at an altitude of 8,450 meters when they encountered a female climber named Liu, who was in critical condition, with frostbitten hands and depleted oxygen levels.

With just 398.86 meters left to reach the summit, they decided to prioritize the rescue over personal glory. After a four-hour rescue, Fan, Xie and their Sherpa guides evacuated Liu to Camp 4 at an elevation of 7,950 meters.

Fan said though it was sad to give up the attempt, saving lives and safety are always the priority. Liu was climbing alone and began to flag with insufficient supply at the altitude.

The sports association of Hunan Province sent a congratulatory letter to other climbers of the provincial team who reached the summit while commending Fan and Xie’s deeds.

More articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article