October 26th, 2010
11:51 AM ET

Well-known Mount Everest Sherpa lost in avalanche

Sherpa Nima had summited Mount Everest 19 times, once fewer than the record.

A legendary Nepalese sherpa who scaled Mount Everest 19 times was hit last week by an avalanche, reports say, and the days-long search for his body has been called off.

On Wednesday, Chhewang Nima was leading a British expedition up Mount Baruntse in eastern Nepal. The 43-year-old was working ropes near the summit when the avalanche hit, according to reports quoting Jeevan Ghimire, a spokesperson for Nima's hiking agency, Sherpa Shangrila Trek and Expedition. The Toronto Star and other outlets reported that another guide was also struck.

The avalanche missed the party other climbers. When all the snow cleared, the group began to furiously dig in the snow but couldn't find the men, reports say. A helicopter search was also unsuccessful, according to Outside magazine.

Nima was close to tying the record for the most Everest summits. Fellow Nepalese climber Appa Sherpa has climbed the mountain 20 times.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Sid

    You know? This whole ice age thing is getting old. You know what I could go for? A global warming.

    October 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. michael dennis moore

    lord help us all

    October 26, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sid

      You're an embarrassment to Nature. Ya know that?

      October 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bond, James Bond

    close but no cigar nima, at least your carcass may go to some real cause, like feed the mountain

    October 26, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. y

    KARMA bond KARMA

    October 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Bond, James Bond

    ive eaten my share of karma, shes starting to taste funny.

    October 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Bond, James Bond

    they are dropping like flies in nigeria, crappin like crazy, talk about your excessive anal leakage!!! Smells like teen spirit?

    October 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jim Brieske

    You 5 are pathetic weak cowards. Wish I could find you and stomp on you but in the end you will get what you got coming.
    One of the world's greatest climbers has died. A man who made it possible for countless others to summit Everest. A fellow Sherpa climber also perished.
    You whatevers write garbage, spitting on them. Just wait, you are getting it.
    jim

    October 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jim Brieske

    Actually it's 4. Hard to count while scrolling, the Bond,JamesBond hider has the nerve to post three comments (this time) using the name of a character with integrity created by a brilliant writer.
    You will wonder why what happened, happened. Just ask yourself?
    Do you think your abuse of freedom speech is permissable because you can do it? It's not. I don't care who wrote the laws saying can.
    jim

    October 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. j rob

    Y do people get worked up over blogs n get mad? lame

    October 26, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. tomcat

    Hey you guys, never mind Jim he's just an arrogant SOB, keep posting you guys are a riot!!!!! Jim quit picking on kids, you want to mess with someone, then mess with me!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. mn

    Jim has e.d. and who cares if sharpa went butt skidding down the hill. .stay off it

    October 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. pito

    My condolences to the two fallen climbers.

    October 26, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jim Brieske

    tomcat. Tell us your real name so when you are killed from being runover by a vehicle, I can post comments about the value of pig crap instead.
    jim

    October 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. raleigh mc

    Condolences

    October 27, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Nepali Gurkha

    It was quite ridicilous to see these comments. Being a Nepali born, I feel offended by some of the words on these posts. Living in a land of a free, and home of immigrants, we are forgetting what life is worth. So, such kind of disrespect towards a sherpa's death should not be accepted, not even in a blog. Some of his family members may still be in shock, currently living in your neighbourhood. Consider this, Sherpas are still guiding and saving the lives of hundreds of tourists in Northern Nepal every year, and you/your loved ones' life could be the one he's saving from the cold peak of Everest. Think about that!

    October 29, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse | Reply

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