Mount Annapurna, found in Nepal, is one of the most treacherous mountains in the world when it comes to mountain climbing. Recently, two ambitious young men were killed in a tragic accident during their attempt to climb to the summit and back down.
From the information known at this time, the climbers had indeed reached the summit. It is still unclear exactly what happened, but the accident appears to have occurred during the trek down. Helicopters and a team of rescuers were able to retrieve the bodies, which were found at about 22,000 feet up Mount Annapurna. The two men have been identified as guide, Pemba Sherpa, and Finnish climber, Samuli Mansikka.
Mansikka had travelled to Nepal in the hopes of conquering the challenging climb. Sherpa, on the other hand, was local to the area, and the news came as a shock to all.
Because Nepal is home to the formidable Mount Everest, it has always been a major site for climbers from all over the world to travel to and visit. But due to the many incidents that have occurred in Nepal over the last several years, it is difficult to say what will happen to the country’s popularity. A tragic incident, for example, in which 16 local guides were crushed underneath a massive avalanche, has off put many climbers. There is an incentive however, made by the Nepalese government to offer free permits until 2019 to anyone who would like to attempt the climb up any of their mountains.
Nepal is home to many amazing mountains, such as Kangchenjunga, Imja Tse, and Kala Pattar, as well as Everest, and Annapurna. One of the ways that Nepal wants to help remedy the situation is to implement stricter safety standards and guidelines for people who do continue to choose to climb the mountains. This will help ensure that all climbers and guides are better informed in proper procedures.
Mount Annapurna, prior to this tragedy, has been one of the most popular climbing spots in Nepal, and in the world. It boasts some of the best trekking routes, as well.