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2 Russians Die From Altitude Sickness in Nepal

Published: May 2, 2014 (Issue # 1808)



  • Two Russian climbers died this week after suffering from altitude sickness while climbing in Nepal.
    Photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra / Flickr

Two Russian men have died while climbing in the Himalayas after suffering from the effects of altitude sickness, a news report said.

The first man, identified as 47-year-old Viktor Igolkin, passed away Tuesday at a camp on the Ama Dablam Mountain in Nepal, a local official said, The Himalayan Times reported Wednesday.

A second man, 63-year-old Pavel Ivanovsky, passed away Wednesday at the same camp, located 4,900 meters above sea level.

Reduced air pressure and lower oxygen levels at high altitudes are a common threat to climbers, causing headaches, dizziness and, in the most severe cases, death.

The two bodies have been sent to the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, where doctors will carry out an autopsy to confirm the exact cause of death, Lenta.ru reported.

The deaths come just a few weeks after an avalanche killed 16 people on nearby Mount Everest in the single largest loss of life ever recorded on the mountain.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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