German mountaineer Luis Stitzinger was found dead in Kanchenjunga Mountain, the third highest in the world. The organizers of his expedition made this announcement a few days after his disappearance while descending from the summit.
A search team of five Nepalese guides found the body on Tuesday. It was just below the summit, 8,586m high, at about 8,400m above sea level, said a Sherpa from the operator Seven summit treks.
🚨🏔Black notebook. Today in the Himalayas, the body of the famous Luis Stitzinger was found on the summit of Kangchenjunga. The German mountaineer author of great feats was missing for 5 days on the third highest mountain in the world. Sincere condolences💐 pic.twitter.com/UcilCe3UsZ
— the_8000m (@8000mThe) May 30, 2023
The 54-year-old reached the top of the Himalayan mountain on May 25, without supplemental oxygen. Then contact with him was lost, according to Seven summit treks.
Search operations were hampered by weather conditions. Experienced mountaineer and guide, Luis Stitzinger has already reached several peaks over 8,000 m.
A particularly deadly 2023
Nepal is home to eight of the world's ten highest peaks, including Mount Everest, and hosts hundreds of climbers each spring when temperatures are milder and winds generally weaker.
The Nepalese authorities have issued more than a thousand permits for the ascent of these mountains this season, including 44 for Kanchenjunga.
In Everest, the world's highest mountain, 12 people have died this year and five more are missing, putting 2023 on track to become a record year for deaths. Last month, mountaineer Noel Hanna, 56, from Northern Ireland, died in Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world.