May 27, 2023: A climbing porter named Tularam Vishwakarma tragically lost his life at the Makalu Base Camp in Nepal. The incident occurred in Makalu Rural Municipality-2, which is located in the Makalu region of Nepal.
Chhopal Sherpa, the chairman of Ward No. 2 of Makalu Rural Municipality, shared the news of Vishwakarma’s passing. Vishwakarma, a 40-year-old resident of Seduwa, succumbed to the perils of high altitude on Friday. He had been accompanying a group of foreign climbers who had come to attempt the challenging Mount Makalu expeditions.
According to Chairman Sherpa, Vishwakarma fell ill while on his way to the Makalu Base Camp. It is not clear at this time what caused his illness, but the extreme altitude may have played a role. Sherpa also mentioned that arrangements were being made to airlift Vishwakarma’s body from the base camp to Seduwa using a helicopter.
Reaching the incident site from Sadarmukam Khadbari requires a strenuous five-day journey on foot. This remote location poses challenges for rescue and recovery operations, highlighting the dangers faced by climbers and porters in the region. The Makalu region is known for its treacherous terrain and unpredictable weather conditions, making mountaineering expeditions there particularly hazardous.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Veerendra Godar, stationed at the District Police Office, provided further details about the incident. He reported on Saturday morning at 11 am that Tularam Vishwakarma had tragically lost his life due to the high altitude. The authorities are likely conducting investigations to determine the exact cause of his death and ensure that all necessary procedures are followed.
This unfortunate incident serves as a reminder of the risks involved in high-altitude mountaineering and the importance of taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of climbers and their support staff. The local authorities and the mountaineering community in Nepal are continually working towards improving safety measures and providing support services to those involved in mountaineering expeditions.
The loss of Tularam Vishwakarma will undoubtedly be felt by his family, friends, and the entire mountaineering community. It serves as a somber reminder of the sacrifices made by those who work tirelessly to support climbers in their pursuit of conquering nature’s most formidable peaks. May his soul rest in peace, and may this incident further encourage efforts to enhance safety in mountaineering activities.