American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, Everest Funeral Expedition

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  • Publication Year: 1990

Everest Funeral Expedition. As noted above, on May 26 five Polish mountaineers were killed in a tragic avalanche accident. In the late autumn, a special burial expedition was arranged by the Polski Zwiazek Alpinismu (Polish Alpine Association). On December 1, Professor Jan Serafin, Stefan Heinrich, Zenon Ston (priest) Chuldim Dorje Sherpa and I crossed the Tibetan border at Kodari. On December 4, we climbed to the Lho La but found no trace of the five bodies or their Camp I. The priest said a funeral mass with the usual ceremonies and we descended to the Rongbuk monastery. Two commemorative tablets were fixed, one at the Khumbu Everest Base Camp and the other on the moraine of the Rongbuk Glacier.

Ziemowit J. Wirski, Polski Zwiazek Alpinismu

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