Indian mountaineer stuck on world’s fifth highest peak in Nepal

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West Bengal-based mountaineer Piyali Basak, known for her extraordinary feats in the world of mountaineering, has found herself in a precarious situation on Mount Makalu in Nepal.

Having embarked on the climb of the world’s fifth highest peak in March without the assistance of external oxygen support, Basak is now reported to be stranded above Camp IV, while her guides and sherpa Ngangwa have been successfully rescued.

Despite the rescue efforts made by fellow climbers to ensure the safety of the stranded sherpas, Basak has steadfastly refused to move from her position, facing an uphill battle to descend from the treacherous peak.

The news of Basak’s ordeal was reported by The Himalayan Times, which shed light on the challenges she faced during her ascent. Sources quoted in the report revealed that Basak encountered significant difficulty upon reaching an altitude of approximately 7,400 meters after conquering the summit.

“Piyali was very slow and couldn’t move when she arrived at around 7,400m after reaching the summit point. Efforts are still underway to help her descend to lower camps,” the sources stated. The situation remains critical, with rescuers tirelessly working to ensure Basak’s safe return.

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