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Body of Luis Stitzinger found: Successful mountaineer from Bavaria apparently dies in the Himalayas


Highlights: Body of German mountaineer Luis Stitzinger, 54, found on Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas. The body is said to have been found at over 8,000 meters. He had climbed alone to the summit of the mountain, which is the third highest in the world. He is one of the most successful mountaineers from Germany. His exact location is not known, as his GPS device stopped sending signals during his ascent on the highest mountains in the country.

Mountaineer Luis Stitzinger is dead: his body was found on the Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas. © Imago/HRSchulz/Montage

Luis Stitzinger is probably dead. His body is said to have been found at over 8,000 meters. He is one of the most successful mountaineers from Germany.

Update from May 30, 18:40 p.m.: Luis Stitzinger is dead, reports the newspaper "The Himalayan Times". The body of the 54-year-old German was found on the mountain, the organizer of the expedition said.

"Luis Stitzinger was found dead at an altitude of 8,400 meters, and his body will be taken to a low-lying camp," said the chairman of the company "Seven Summit Treks". Stitzinger had climbed alone to the summit of Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas. At 8,586 meters, it is the third highest mountain in the world. He allegedly only used the help of Sherpas as far as the base camp.

Successful mountaineer from Bavaria missing in the Himalayas – rescue team is looking for Luis Stitzinger

Update from May 30, 11:56 a.m.: The extreme mountaineer Luis Stitzinger (54) from the Allgäu is still missing in the Himalayas. Sherpas are now looking for the well-known mountaineer on Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters). The expedition company Seven Summit Treks has dropped a four-member Sherpas search team at base camp at around 5,150 meters, writes journalist Stefan Nestler in his blog. The weather had improved and made a helicopter flight possible. The rescue team was supposed to reach Camp 4 at 7,600 meters. The blog entry is from May 29th.

Luis Stitzinger had reached the summit of the eight-thousander Kanchenjunga on Thursday evening (25 May). The mountaineer was traveling without a breathing mask. "The last contact with him was a radio message around 21 p.m.," the blog reads. By this time, it was already dark. However, Luis did not arrive at Camp 4. Stitzinger was on the descent at an altitude of around 8,300 meters. Position data of his GPS device would not be available, which would complicate the search.

Successful mountaineer from Bavaria missing in the Himalayas – local still saw him at 8,500 meters

Kathmandu – The concern is great: Luis Stitzinger from Füssen (Bavaria), one of the best-known and most successful mountaineers from Germany, is missing in the Himalayas. As Thaneshwor Guragain, an employee of his Nepalese expedition company Seven Summit Treks, announced on Whit Monday (29 May), the experienced mountain and ski guide had been alone on the third highest mountain in the world, the eight-thousander Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters) on the border between India and Nepal.

Lost in the Himalayas: German mountaineer Luis Stitzinger is missing

Only at the base camp would Stitzinger have used the services of Sherpas. A local mountaineer from the Sherpa people would have seen him for the last time on Thursday (25 May) on the descent to around 8,500 metres. The fact that Stitzinger is missing had already been confirmed by an employee from the Nepalese Ministry of Tourism.


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According to its own information, the expedition company is sending a rescue team with four Sherpas. It is said that Stitzinger was unable to climb up in the face of bad weather. In addition, his exact location is not known, as his GPS device stopped sending signals during his ascent.

"Together on the highest mountains in the world": Luis Stitzinger married to mountaineer Alix von Melle

Partly together with his wife Alix von Melle, also a mountaineer, Stitzinger climbed several eight-thousanders and other high mountains. Together they published the book "Passion for Life: Together on the Highest Mountains in the World".

"Luis has been at home in the mountains since he was a child; the experienced mountain guide and expedition leader crowns ascents with spectacular ski runs. Often, caring for each other puts the relationship to the test," reads the description of the book. (han/dpa)

Source: merkur

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