A snow avalanche occurr on the slopes of Shishapangma Mountain in Tibet, resulting in two casualties. The incident took place while more than 50 climbers were attempting their ascent. According to Reuters, the victims were an American and a Nepali climber.
Shishapangma: The 14th Highest Peak in the World
Shishapangma is recognize as the 14th highest mountain globally, soaring to an altitude of over 8,000 meters (26,247 feet). The avalanche happened on two slopes, one at 7,600 meters and the other at 8,000 meters.
International Climbers Caught in the Avalanche
A total of 52 climbers were on the ascent route when the snowslide struck. Among them were climbers from various countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Romania, Albania, Italy, Japan, and Pakistan, as reported by Xinhua.
Following the incident, all climbing activities on Shishapangma have suspend due to the unstable snow conditions.
Global Warming and the Avalanche Risk
Scientists have been warning that global warming is increasing the risk of snow avalanches in high-altitude regions, including the Himalayas. Last week, a Chinese expedition team installed a series of weather stations on Cho Oyu, an 8,201-meter mountain on the Tibet-Nepal border, to measure the impact of climate change on the Himalayas.
The incident on Shishapangma serves as a somber reminder of the perils faced by climbers attempting to conquer some of the world’s highest peaks, particularly in regions where the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly pronounced. As temperatures rise and ice and snow melt at an accelerated rate, the stability of mountain slopes is compromised, leading to a heightened risk of avalanches.
Condolences to the Victims
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families and loved ones of the climbers who lost their lives in this tragic incident. As the climbing community mourns this loss, it is essential to prioritize safety and consider the changing conditions of our planet’s highest and most challenging peaks.