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Nepali mountaineer Sanjay Pandit dies in US

KATHMANDU — Nepali mountaineer and ultra runner Sanjay Pandit died while climbing Denali Mountain in Alaska of United States of America (USA) on Sunday.

Nepali embassy in Washington DC has confirmed the Pandit’s death and said Pandit died while descending Denali Pass, the highest mountain of the North America, after the team successfully scaled the peak.

Embassy’s spokesperson Jiwan Prakash Shrestha informed that Pandit was killed due to the bad weather. Pandit did not regain consciousness and was pronounced dead despite emergency interventions was made right after he collapsed, Shrestha said.

“We have already informed about Pandit’s death to his family. And we are preparing to send his dead body back to Nepal,” informed Shrestha.

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The National Park Service in Alaska has also confirmed that the deceased Nepali climber has been identified as Sanjay Pandit.

Spokeswoman Maureen Gualtieri wrote in a release that an official with the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station identified the mountaineer who died Friday, June 16, on Denali as Sanjay Pandit, 28, Nepal.

Pandit died at 17,500 feet on Denali’s West Buttress route while descending the Denali Pass, it added.

Pandit who is hailed from Salyan, had climbed several mountains including Mt. Everest, Manaslu, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus.

Pandit along with Tashi Sherpa and Tashi Lakpa Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks reached North America to attempt to climb the continent’s highest peak this season.