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Malaysian OKU Climber Missing On Mount Everest After Successful Summit

Malaysian OKU Climber Missing On Mount Everest After Successful Summit

Muhammad Hawari Hashim, who is hearing impaired, has been reported missing since 20 May.

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A Malaysian climber with hearing impairment (OKU), Muhammad Hawari Hashim, has been reported missing since 20 May.

The Penangite went missing after successfully reaching the summit of Mount Everest on 17 May.

The search operation is still ongoing, and the last time Hawari was contacted was when he was at Camp 4.

Camp 4 is the fourth and final campsite on Mount Everest’s South Col route, approximately 7,925 meters.

It is the last stop before climbers finally push to the summit.

Hawari was participating in the Everest 2023 (ME 2023) expedition, which began on 2 April and is scheduled to end on 2 June.

The Kelab Eksplorasi Altitud organised the expedition and received support from the Malaysian government and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

According to Azim Afif Ishak, the expedition’s leader, the search team used a helicopter to search the usual climbing route.

Additionally, they have hired eight Sherpas to help with the search.

Ayu Wanirah Naharuddin, another climber participating in the expedition, stated that the search team hopes to find Hawari soon.

She added that Hawari and his Sherpa were supposed to rest at Camp 4 after reaching the summit.

Unfortunately, another climber in the expedition, Awang Askandar Ampuan Yaacub, had to abandon his mission to climb Everest due to health issues and passed away at Camp 4.

The ME 2023 expedition aimed to promote unity and build the Malaysian nation through diversity.

The program has been ongoing since 2020 and has seen numerous successful expeditions to various peaks worldwide.

Meanwhile, a Singaporean climber has also gone missing after reaching the summit of Mount Everest on Friday (19 May) morning.

The Mad Rush On Mount Everest

On average, around five climbers die on the mountain every spring, but the toll has nearly doubled this year.

The area above 8,000 metres is known as the “death zone” due to its difficult terrain and thin air, which increases the risk of altitude sickness.

Nepal has issued 478 permits for Mount Everest to foreign climbers this season, and more than 900 people are expected to try to reach the summit.

Overcrowding on Mount Everest contributes to the rise in deaths. (Pix: Conde Nast)

Several deaths have occurred this week despite more than 400 climbers reaching the top recently.

A 58-year-old Indian woman with a pacemaker died after falling ill at a hospital in Lukla.

Meanwhile, a Moldovan climber died on his way to the top, and another Nepali team member clearing trash from the mountain died on his return from the summit.

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