Against all odds: In heroic rescue, Sherpa saves Malaysian climber from Everest’s deadly ‘death zone’

A Malaysian climber was rescued by a Sherpa guide who brought him down from Mount Everest in a “very rare” high-altitude rescue, according to a government official. This is what happened.

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Sherpa saves Malaysian climber from ‘Death Zone’

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On May 18, Gelje Sherpa, 30, was leading a Chinese customer to the top of Everest at 8,849 meters (29,032 feet) when he noticed the Malaysian climber clinging to a rope and trembling in the “death zone.” , where temperatures can drop to minus 30 degrees Celsius (86F) or below.

Over the course of nearly six hours, Gelje dragged the climber 600 meters (1,900 feet) from the Balcony area to the South Col, where Nima Tahi Sherpa, another guide, joined the rescue effort.

“We carry the climber in turns on our backs up to Camp III,” added Gelje. “We wrapped him in a sleeping mat, dragged him through the snow, or took him on a sled.” He then he was transported from the 23,500-foot-high (7,162-meter) camp three to base camp by helicopter using a long tail.

The Malaysian climber reportedly blocked the Sherpa on Instagram.

Shortly after the story broke, Twitter user Visakan Veerasamy shared, in a series of tweets, that the climber had blocked the Sherpa on Instagram.

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“I would have assumed that having one’s life saved in this way would be a humbling experience, one of deep gratitude,” he explained.

There is an incredible history in the rn mountain community. There is a Malaysian climber who was on the verge of death, and was rescued by a Sherpa who risked his own life to carry his lifeless body on his back for 6 hours. The climber then blocked the sherpa on Instagram https://t.co/AJW70vJ3Kr

— Visakan Veerasamy (@visakanv) June 4, 2023

the sherpa, Gelje, had even persuaded his own client to cancel his own attempt so he could save Ravi’s life. Ravi subsequently made media appearances and Instagram posts etc. and he didn’t say anything about Gelje. block it!! https://t.co/XjnWzR8qjO

— Visakan Veerasamy (@visakanv) June 4, 2023

Esquire Middle East reported: “After recovering, Ravi did interviews with the media, posted about the story on Instagram, but never gave Gelje credit, let alone thanked him. When people started commenting on the incident and the foul credit, Ravi responded by blocking Gelje.”

anyway. 👑 Gelje Sherpa!!! 👑 Have a great rest of your life and may your name and actions echo forever through Valhalla 🫡> “Saving a life is more important than praying in the monastery,” said Gelje, a devout Buddhist. https://t.co/LbbnUrOS4o pic.twitter.com/Dgb7aWtJpw

— Visakan Veerasamy (@visakanv) June 4, 2023

Rescuing climbers is an extremely difficult task

According to Bigyan Koirala, an official with the Department of Tourism, “rescuing climbers at that altitude is almost impossible.” It is an extremely rare procedure. In order to save the climber, Gelje claimed that he persuaded his Chinese client to abandon her climb to the top and return to the base.

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“Saving a life is more important than praying in the monastery,” said Gelje, a devout Buddhist. The Malaysian climber’s logistics provider, Tashi Lakhpa Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, declined to be identified, citing the privacy of his client. Last week, a ticket to Malaysia was booked for the climber.

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For the climbing season, which ran from March to May this year, Nepal issued a record 478 Everest permits. Bigyan Koirala, representative of the Department of Tourism, says that “rescuing climbers at that height is almost impossible.”

It is a very unusual operation. Gelje claimed that he convinced his Chinese client to give up her climb to the peak and return to the base to save the climber. Gelje, a devout Buddhist, said: “Saving a life is more important than praying in the monastery.”

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Tashi Lakhpa Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, who handled logistics for the Malaysian climber, declined to be identified due to his client’s right to anonymity. The climber had a trip to Malaysia planned last week.

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(h/t: Esquire Middle East/The Guardian)

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