A Japanese mountain-climbing expedition lost four of its eighteen members before reaching the summit of Dhaulagiri, more than eight thousand metres (26,551 feet) above sea level in the Himalayas in Nepal.
GV Dhaulagiri mountain peak in Great Himalayan Range, Nepal
SV Japanese mountaineers carrying heavy packs (2 shots)
CU Climber Shigeru Suzuki
CU Mountaineer Tani Hiroyuki
SV PAN ALONG Group of six who reached summit
GV PAN Loads of equipment
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Background: A Japanese mountain-climbing expedition lost four of its eighteen members before reaching the summit of Dhaulagiri, more than eight thousand metres (26,551 feet) above sea level in the Himalayas in Nepal. It is one of nine peaks in the Great Himalayan Range that are among the fourteen highest in the world.
SYNOPSIS: The mountain had claimed three lives in late September, not long after the Gumma Himalayan expedition began its climb up the south-east ridge. The three men, the eldest of whom was thirty five, were buried in snow while climbing between their camp four and camp five sites.
This is twenty-three years old Shigeru Suzuki, among the team's youngest members. Like the other survivors, he had to ignore the first three deaths, and then the loss of the team's second in command, Kogura Katsuyoshi. On October the twentieth, Katsuyoshi slipped on ice while carrying food up to three team members who had reached the summit the day before. His body was found dangling from the rope.
The same day, two of the Japanese, including Suzuki, and a sherpa, also reached the summit. The loss of four colleagues had tempered their feeling of elation.