Oct 08,2023: Tragedy struck on Shishapangma today as a massive avalanche swept away the primary climbing route, resulting in the loss of two lives, while two others remain missing. Base camp sources have confirmed that the bodies of American climber Anna Gutu and her guide, Mingmar Sherpa, have been recovered from the avalanche site.

Regrettably, American climber Gina Marie and her guide, Tenjen (Lama) Sherpa, are among those still unaccounted for in the aftermath of the avalanche, as sources at the base camp have stated. The avalanche, which struck the ascent route at an altitude exceeding 7,800 meters, unfolded while renowned climbers were making their determined efforts to reach the summit.

The incident has a particularly poignant impact on the climbing community, as it involved two American climbers, Anna Gutu and Gina Marie, who were in a fierce competition to become the first American women to conquer all 14 of the world’s highest peaks. Gina was accompanied by Tenjen (Lama) Sherpa, while Anna was guided by Mingmar Sherpa, according to sources.

Tenjen (Lama) Sherpa, renowned for his remarkable achievement alongside Kristin Harila in scaling all 14 peaks in just 92 days, was accompanying Gina at the time of the tragedy. In addition to the missing climbers, injuries were sustained by Kami Rita Sherpa, Mitra Bahadur Tamang, and Karma Gyalzen Sherpa during the incident.

Eyewitnesses recounted the harrowing moment when at least two avalanches struck the climbing route, coinciding with the ascent of the two American women and their guides, beyond the 7,800-meter mark. A rescue mission led by Mingma G from Imagine Nepal Treks and joined by fellow climbers sprang into action. Their valiant efforts have resulted in the recovery of two bodies, offering some closure amidst the ongoing search and rescue mission. Further details will be provided as the situation unfolds.

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