Thursday, October 29, 2009

American dies of high altitude sickness along Dzongri trek in Sikkim

Seventh tourist death in 8 days in Sikkim!

GANGTOK, October 28: A 69 year old American trekker today died due to high altitude sickness while trekking along the high altitude Dzongri trek route in West Sikkim.
District Collector (West) Santa Pradhan told SIKKIM EXPRESS that the deceased was identified was John M Cambell. He had gone trekking to Dzongri along with his daughter and nine other Americans, said Mr. Pradhan.
Cambell’s death has been attributed to ill-health and breathing problems in the high altitude areas along the Dzongri trail. The ten member US group had embarked on the trek along the famed Dzongri route from October 22.
Police sources informed that Cambell fell sick along the trek and was returning back when his conditions worsened and died at Phedang, 11500 feet, 20 kms away from Yuksom, the nearest habitat area in the remote corner of West Sikkim.
The body is expected to be brought back to Yuksam on foot by tomorrow morning after which the body will be taken to the district hospital in Geyzing, the West Sikkim headquarters, for post-mortem formalities.
The other trekkers of the US group are also returning back, it is informed. The group had been brought to the trek by a Darjeeling based travel agent run by Jamling Tenzing Sherpa, Everster and son of Tenzing Sherpa, the first Everster.
It is also informed that Jamling Tenzing Sherpa is also accompanying the US team as a guide for the Dzongri trek.
The latest tourist death comes close on the heels of the Yumasamdong, North Sikkim mishap yesterday when three tourists from West Bengal were killed in a vehicle accident.
Before this, a tourist from Surat had died of high altitude sickness on October 26 due to high altitude sickness and on October 19, two mountaineers from Mumbia had been killed by an avalanche while ascending down the 6010 m Mt. Thingchinkhang peak in West Sikkim.

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