Reaching the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, is not an easy task and requires a lot of sacrifices. Sherpas, Tibetan-ethnic groups native to the most mountainous regions of Nepal, make the expeditions possible by providing their expert guidance to foreign climbers.
While many rescues take place during the climbing season, the ones involving foreign climbers get more coverage. Gesman Tamang, high-altitude mountain guide, professional mountaineer and guide, shared a rescue video on June 8 of a sherpa who had fallen into a deep crevasse. The video shows the sherpa buried in snow to his waist. The rescuers are seen attaching a rope on his shoulders to pull him out of the narrow crevasse he had fallen into between camp 1 and 2.
“During every climbing season on Mount Everest, many brave rescues take place. The media tends to focus and highlight the rescues involving clients and foreign climbers, but there are lesser-known stories, such as this one, where a sherpa’s life is saved. We successfully rescued a sherpa who had fallen into a crevasse between camp 1 and camp 2, and it’s a miracle that he survived. This story is a reminder of the sacrifices and risks mountain workers face in making #Everest expeditions possible,” Tamang wrote.
Watch the video below:
“Excellent.. you guys are superhuman,” commented a user. “Bravo!! Reminds me of our tenure at the Siachen Glacier,” said another. “Amazing!!!! Glad to know the sherpa’s rescue was successful,” posted a third.
Recently, a Nepali sherpa earned plaudits for a daring rescue involving a Malaysian climber from Mount Everest’s ‘death zone’, a name given to the highest part of Everest, which is the area above 26,247 feet (8,000m).
According to a report in The Independent, Gelje Sherpa, 36, was guiding a Chinese client up the world’s highest peak on May 18 when he spotted a stranded Malaysian climber who was clinging to a rope and shivering from extreme cold above 8,000m. In a massive show of strength and endurance, Gelje carried the climber on his back for almost six hours and brought him down to a camp where he received medical attention.