A climber from Bangladesh and another from South Korea died on Mount Everest as hundreds flock to the world’s highest peak during good weather, Nepalese tourism officials said Tuesday.
The deceased were identified as Mohammed Hossain, 35, from Bangladesh and Sung Ho-Seo, 34, of South Korea.
Both died in their tent a few hours after successfully climbing the summit. They were attempting the climb without supplementary oxygen and died on his way down the mountain.
“Both men died while descending from the summit on Monday,” an official with the tourism ministry told AFP from Everest Base Camp.
“The exact cause of death is unknown, but altitude played a part,” said the official, Gyanendra Shrestha, adding that the bodies would not be recovered until after the summit season ended so as not to interrupt other climbers.
Both men perished in the “death zone” — above 8,000 metres, notorious for its difficult terrain and thin air.
Five other climbers have died on the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) mountain this season.