Two foreign climbers die while scaling world's highest peak, say Nepalese officials

Two foreign climbers die while scaling world's highest peak, say Nepalese officials

Record-breaking Everest Sherpa Kami Rita is not done yet

A 36-year-old Japanese climber was found dead on Monday on Mount Everest, the third fatality of the spring climbing season on the world's highest peak.

A Japanese man has been found dead on Everest this morning officials said as the mountaineering season nears its end in the Himalayas.

The Japanese climber was identified as 35-year-old Nobukazu Kuriki and the Macedonian as 63-year-old Gjeorgi Petkov, the New York Post reports.

After flying back to Kathmandu by helicopter, Kami Rita, 48, said he's not ready to retire and plans to continue to guide visiting climbers on the world's highest mountain next year.

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Some 340 foreign climbers and their Sherpa guides are attempting to scale Everest this month and many succeeded in the past week during good weather.

The death of the climber, Nobukazu Kuriki, brought the death toll on the mountain to three this month.

"We are in shock", said Tika Ram Gurung, the managing director of Bochi-Bochi Trek, the climbing company that organized Mr. Kuriki's trip.

On Sunday, a climber from Macedonia also died trying to scale the mountain. In his 2012 attempt, he lost most of his fingers on both hands due to frostbite.

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Kuriki was a known mountaineer who had made several attempts on Everest.

He has also climbed numerous region's other high peaks, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.

According to the base camp officials, a Sherpa climber has been seriously injured after he was struck by falling rocks and snow near Camp II. Second image: Nobukazu poses with Nepalese flag after speaking engagement.

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