Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt on Everest


A 63-year-old climber from the southeastern Europe died while attempting to climb the world's highest mountain this afternoon, according to base camp officials.

Kuriki was among 346 climbers with permits to climb Mount Everest from the Nepal side this season.

Mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha said expedition team members reported a Japanese climber died on Monday and a Macedonian died on Sunday.

Last week a solo Russian climber died of altitude problems just below the summit of Lhotse, the world's fourth highest peak that borders Everest.

Monday morning the team found Kuriki's body at 7,200 meters (23,622 feet), which is close to Camp III.

The company which organised Kuriki's expedition said arrangements were being made for his body to be returned to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.

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Officials also confirmed to Reuters that scores of climbers had successfully made it to the top of Everest this month taking the benefit of good weather.

"I am here at 7,400 meters now", Kuriki wrote in one of his final posts on Facebook, The Himalayan Times reported.

"Kuriki-san had become a legend in Japan with his Everest attempts and going so far as to lose [nine] fingers to frostbite [in a 2012 attempt]", Arnette wrote. "Now, I feel the pain and difficulty in this Mountain and I'm up and up".

He has also climbed numerous region's other high peaks, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.

He is the second climber to die on Everest this weekend.

He first scaled Everest at age 24, and has made the climb nearly every year since then.