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How Did Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya Went Missing?

Mount Everest, standing at a towering height of 8,849 meters above sea level, is Nepal’s main tourist attraction. Every year many climbers and trekkers reach Everest Base Camp to give it a shot to reach the summit. While this mighty peak is a dream for many mountaineers, it also comes with significant risks and challenges. We have experienced many death records each year since climbing to this peak. Whether it was the first attempt by George Mallory or the popular expedition led by Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, many have failed and lost their lives on Everest. This year, reportedly, 17 climbers have died while attempting to climb the highest peak in the world.

Another missing case on Everest came on May 18, 2023. Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya from Singapore went missing on Saturday and still has not been found. What happened to him? And how did he die? Let’s explore the details here!

What Happen to Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya?

Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya
Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya from Singapore went missing on Saturday, May 18, 2023.

Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya reportedly missing after falling from Everest. Initial reports claimed that the Indian-Singaporean climber fell from above 8,500 into the Tibetan side. He was attempting the final summit push from the Nepal side; however, it cost him his life.

There has not been any revelation regarding how he fell from above Camp IV. But it is speculated that he fell due to the slippery and sloppy route around Camp IV, with huge ice sheets. After the incident, Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya is missing and has not been discovered to date. The local authorities led the search party. The local sources reported that ‘Capt. Philipp Schwegler and Capt. Deepak Pun has already obtained the necessary permits to fly Kailash Helicopter on the Tibetan side to search for the missing climber.’

The rescue team had already gained permits from the Chinese Embassy and Nepal Government to do an aerial search raid.

Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya was a part of the Everest Expedition Campaign led by Nepal-based adventure travel company Seven Summit Treks. It is said that Shrinivas successfully reached the summit of Everest before he went missing from around Camp IV. The Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition owner Prakash Chandra Devkota shared some snaps of Shrinivas reaching the summit. In the picture, he is seen wearing sunglasses, oxygen masks, and an orange mountaineering jacket.

Similarly, in another picture, he is with his fellow climbers. As Shrinivas reached the top of Everest, he gave his wife, 36 years old Sushma Soma, the success news via phone. The Singapore broadsheet report mentioned that he had suffered from altitude sickness and fell unwell after conquering Everest. He said that he was unlikely to return from the expedition. Shrinivas mentioned to his family that he was suffering from High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), which is very dangerous and life-threatening.

Well, HACE also played a vital role in his failed descent. Maybe it was why he fell unconscious and fell from 8,500 meters above sea level to the Tibetan side.

How Many Climbers Have Died Till Now?

How Did Shrinivas Sainis Dattatraya Die Another Death on Everest in 2023

Mount Everest is a corpse house of many climbers, and it is safe to say that. Even today, hundreds of dead bodies of the climbers remain on Everest. The dead bodies of Francys Arsentiev, David Sharp, Rob Hall, and Scott Fischer are some of the well-known acknowledgments.

The 2023 alone registered 17 deaths on Everest, of which some dead bodies are still missing. By July 2022, 310 mountaineers have already lost their lives, and with 17 dead climbers in 2023 alone, the numbers have significantly increased.

The Nepal Mountaineering Association issued 478 Climbing Permits for Everest. And these permits were allowed for climbers from around 65 countries, making it a record-breaking issuance of permits. However, the expeditions also brought piles of death records, making it scary to climb Everest in 2023. And it is more scary to know that all these expeditions were carried out during the peak climbing season, Spring. But still the death records are high.

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