Greek alpinist Antonios Sykaris dies after scaling Mt Dhaulagiri

Greek alpinist Antonios Sykaris

Mt Dhaulagiri recorded the first casualty of the climbing season as a renowned climber from Greece breathed his last while descending from the summit point early this morning, sources from the base camp confirmed.

Antonios Sykaris who fell ill just below the summit point while descending the mountain died at the height of 7,400m, sources said.

Antonios Sykaris with Dawa SherpaThe Greek alpinist along with his guide – Dawa Sherpa- scaled the 8,167-metre mountain on Monday. Being part of an expedition managed by Seven Summit Treks, Antonios had already climb Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse and Mt Annapurna among others.

Dawa, who helped his fellow climber to descend the mountain for hours, is also waiting for a rescue team near Camp III, sources added. Seven Summit Treks has already mobilized a team to rescue Dawa and to collect the body of Antonios from the high camp, SST Chairman Mingma Sherpa said, adding that his family has been informed about the incident.

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