First civilian woman from Bengal to climb Everest missing on Kanchenjunga West

Chhanda Gayen, the first woman from West Bengal to climb the Everest, went missing as she was attempting to climb Kanchenjunga West.

hidden May 23, 2014 15:48:45 IST
First civilian woman from Bengal to climb Everest missing on Kanchenjunga West

Mountaineer Chhanda Gayen and two accompanying sherpas, who were trying to climb the 8,505-metre-high Kanchenjunga, have been reported missing.

First civilian woman from Bengal to climb Everest missing on Kanchenjunga West

A view of Kanchenjunga. AFP

Chhanda Gayen is the first civilian woman from West Bengal to climb Mount Everest. She also set a world record last year by climbing both the Everest and Lhotse, the fourth-highest mountain in the world.

According to a report in The Telegraph, Gayen, along with three other climbers Tusi Das, Dipankar Ghosh and Rajib Bhattacharjee, climbed the 8,585-metre-high Kanchenjunga.

"Tusi, Rajiv and Dipankar decided to return to base camp from the summit while Chhanda along with sherpas Dawa Wangchu and Mingma Temba, went on to climb the nearby Yalung Kang, also known as Kanchenjuga West.

"While Dawa is from Darjeeling, Mingma hails from Nepal," added the report.

Rescue operations have begun, according to another report in The Daily Mail. "West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee immediately asked State Youth Affairs Minister Arup Biswas to take necessary steps. She also spoke to the family members of the mission climber, assuring support.

"The state government also decided to send a two-member rescue team - both Mt Everest summiteers - to go to the spot and oversee the rescue operation."

Moreover, the report said that Biswas' counterparts in Nepal have sent helicopters for support.

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