India's prominent female mountaineer Baljit Kaur, safely evacuated from Nepal's Annapurna mountain, has been infected with the coronavirus. Giving this information on Thursday, an organizing official of the campaign said that he is likely to be discharged from the hospital in a day or two.
New Delhi: India's prominent female mountaineer Baljit Kaur, who was safely evacuated from Nepal's Annapurna mountain, has been found infected with the corona virus. Giving this information on Thursday, an organizing official of the campaign said that he is likely to be discharged from the hospital in a day or two. Kaur (27) was found safe on Tuesday, a day after she went missing near the 'fourth camp' while descending from the summit of Annapurna mountain.
An aerial search party had traced them near the 'fourth camp' and brought them to Kathmandu. She was suffering from frostbite and was taken to CIWEC hospital from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Pasang Tenje Sherpa, president of Pioneer Adventure Pvt Ltd, which organized the expedition, told PTI, "She is recovering from COVID-19. He has been kept in isolation while undergoing treatment at CIWEC Hospital.” The Sherpa said, “She is a good climber and will leave for Dhaulagiri after she recovers completely.
Missing from Annapurna mountain peak
Kaur (27) went missing two days ago near the 'fourth camp' while descending from the summit of Mount Annapurna, following which a search was launched for her. The aerial search party saw Kaur descending alone towards Camp-4. Left alone below the summit, the pioneering Indian woman climber remained out of radio contact till morning on Tuesday. An aerial search operation was launched on Tuesday morning after she managed to send a radio signal for 'urgent help'. According to Sherpa, Kaur's GPS location indicated an altitude of 7,375 meters (24,193 ft). She reached the Annapurna peak with two Sherpa guides at around 5.15 pm on Monday evening. At least three helicopters were deployed to search for them.
This record was made by Baljeet Kaur
In May last year, Baljit Kaur, a resident of Himachal Pradesh, scaled 'Mt Lhotse' and became the first Indian mountaineer to scale four peaks above 8000 meters in a single season. Last year she climbed Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kangchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu with the help of oxygen and this year she is trying to climb these mountains without oxygen. Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain in the world, standing at 8,091 meters above sea level. Its ascent is extremely difficult and full of dangers. Pasang Tenje Sherpa, president of Pioneer Adventure Pvt Ltd, said that Baljit's morale is not low and she is planning for the next mountaineering expedition.