April 17, 2023: In a tragic incident, a renowned Indian mountaineer, Anurag Maloo, has gone missing while attempting to climb the world’s tenth-highest peak, located in the Himalayas. The climber, who hails from Kishangargh, Rajasthan, was on a mission to climb all 14 peaks above 8000m and 7 Summits and had been awarded the prestigious REX KaramVeer Chakra for his outstanding achievements in the field of mountaineering.
According to reports, Anurag fell into a crevasse while returning from Camp IV this afternoon, and is believed to have gone missing below the Camp III of the mountain. Mingma Sherpa, Chairman of Seven Summit Treks, confirmed the incident and reported that an aerial search had been conducted to trace the missing climber. Sherpa added that Anurag’s current condition is still unknown.
Anurag, who was climbing to create awareness and drive action towards achieving the UN Global Goals, was also the 2041 Antarctic Youth Ambassador from India. He had abandoned his climb after reaching Camp IV, indicating that the incident occurred during his descent. The mountaineer’s family and friends have expressed their concern and are praying for his safe return.
The news of Anurag’s disappearance has sent shockwaves through the mountaineering community, both in India and around the world. Many have taken to social media to express their support for the missing climber and his family. The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) has also issued a statement, expressing their deep concern and extending their support to Anurag’s family.
The incident is a stark reminder of the risks associated with mountaineering, especially at high altitudes. The Himalayas, in particular, are known for their challenging terrain and unpredictable weather conditions, making them a difficult and dangerous place for climbers. Despite the risks, however, mountaineering remains a popular sport for many adventure enthusiasts, who see it as a test of physical and mental strength and an opportunity to push their limits.
Anurag, who had already accomplished several impressive feats in the world of mountaineering, was one such adventurer. His commitment to the cause of sustainable development and his efforts to raise awareness about the UN Global Goals had earned him widespread admiration and respect. As the search for Anurag continues, the mountaineering community and his supporters are keeping their fingers crossed for his safe return.