Rescuers failed to retrieve the body of the Russian climber ‘Nadya Oleneva’ a.k.a Nadezhda Oleneva who had fallen into a deep crevasse of the seventh highest mountain in the world, Mt. Dhaulagiri at the elevation of 8,167 meters (26,795 meters) from the sea level.
The devastating incident on the slopes of Mt. Dhalaugiri occurred on 14 October 2023 when the Russian three-person expedition team was trying to scale the mountain. The search and rescue team which had spotted Nadya Oleneva at an altitude of over 6,000 meters on Sunday, 15th October.
However, in the rescue operation of 17th October, the aerial rescue team with a longline rescue specialist was not able to retrieve the body of the Russian climber. Nadya Oleneva’s GPS showed that she had taken a 500-meter fall into the bottom of the crevasse.
Nadya Oleneva’s Body Covered by Fresh Snow
The operation initiated on 17 October to retrieve the body of the Russian climber ‘Nadya Oleneva’ a.k.a Nadezhda Oleneva wasn’t successful as her body was covered by fresh snow.
Senior Captain of Kailash Helicopter Philipp Schwegler along with the longline specialist Dinesh and the leader of the Russian expedition team on Mt. Dhaulagiri, Roman Abildaev, were conducting the body retrieval operation of the Russian climber from Dhaulagiri on Tuesday morning.
But, as the body of Nadya Oleneva was covered with deep fresh snow, the team couldn’t materialize the efforts of the longline rescue operation. Managing Director of the Himalayan Guides, Iswaari Paudel who is overseeing the rescue operation hasn’t provided any further details on the next step of the rescue whether they will initiate a land rescue operation or another longline aerial retrieval.
Still, it can be expected that the rescue operation will have to wait till the weather condition starts to improve in the region.
Russian Three-person Expedition Team Was Scaling Mt. Dhaulagiri Without Supplementary Oxygen and Sherpa Guide
When this devastating incident occurred, the Russian three-person expedition team was trying to scale the seventh-highest peak in the world without the use of supplementary oxygen and a Sherpa guide.
The Russian climbing team including, Radom Kashapov, Nadya Oleneva a.k.a Nadezhda Oleneva, and the expedition leader Roman Abildaev also didn’t use base camp on the mountain during their scaling.
During their scaling, Nadya Oleneva fell approximately 500 meters into the crevasse when she took a fall at an altitude of about 6,680 meters on the mountain. The search and rescue operation initiated by Himalayan Guides on 15th October was able to locate the body of the fallen 38-year-old climber at an altitude of 6,100 meters.
Nadya Oleneva was trapped inside a fracture of the ice sheet when the rescue team spotted her.
Meanwhile, another Russian team was scaling the sixth-highest snow-capped peak in the world, Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 meters). This duo mountain expedition was organized to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Russian Mountaineering as well as the Russian Ministry of Sports.
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