Gusty winds have blown off nearly three dozen tents at Mount Everest’s Camp IV, while a Sherpa guide died after falling into a crevasse, as Nepal has warned mountaineers about the threat of major snowfalls triggered by cyclone Tauktae.
Pemba Tashi Sherpa (27) was on his way down from Camp 2 to Camp 1 when he fell into the deep chasm.
Officials reported on the condition of anonymity that he was found dead about 5 a.m. (local time) on Tuesday. “Last (Monday) evening, the tents were blown down.
We discovered the body of the missing Sherpa early this morning; he worked for TAG Nepal,” a Department of Tourism official reported.
The Meteorological Forecasting Division released a special weather advisory on Monday evening, advising all climbers to postpone their expedition attempts until the weekend due to the potential effects of cyclone Tauktae.
“While Nepal will not be directly affected by Tauktae, its indirect effects are likely to be felt,” said Pratibha Manandhar, Senior Meteorologist at the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD).
The cyclone’s strength is increasing, and it is heading to the north and northwest. From Wednesday evening to Friday, moderate rain is expected in most parts of Karnali, Sudurpaschim, Gandaki, and Lumbini Provinces, with noticeable rain in a few other areas.
A few places in Province 1, Province 2, and Bagmati Province are expected to receive light to moderate rainfall, according to the meteorologist.