Annapurna (2015): Bodies of Samuli Mansikka and Pemba Sherba Recovered

Nepal Ministry of Tourism released a press release on March 25 which confirms that bodies of Finnish climber Samuli Mansikka and Pemba Sherpa have been recovered from the height of almost 7000 meter on north face of Annapurna.  10984242_10152931961208411_6555817585193200797_n

DD treks Annapurna expedition 2015 was lead by Mingma Sherpa; 3 climbers from china zhang Liang, A Zhong, Jing Xue, Climber from Finland Samuli Mansikka, climber from Turkey Muharrem Aydin İrmak, climber from Mecedonia Zdravko Dejanovic and climber from Iran Reza Shahlaee made to the Summit along with Guides Mingma Sherpa, Anggeli Sherpa, Ngimaongchu Sherpa, Pemba, kazi Sherpa and Nima Gyalzen Sherpa. 

All climbers successfully reached summit of Annapurna on March 24 at 2:45 pm, which according to stats is deadliest 8000er. The tragic incident took place on descend, when Finnish climber Samuli Mansikka and Nepali Tempa Sherpa slipped when they were already half way down to camp 4 7000m from summit. Self arrest could not help them, since fall was sudden. Expedition leader Mingma Sherpa and co. carried search around 7100 meter with the hope that their friends are still alive and can be rescued. Climbers searched a while but could not find their fellow climbers. 

March 25, they once again started searching different sides of terrain 6900m to 7100m. The bodies of Finnish climber Samuli Mansikka and Nepalese climber Pemba Sherpa were recovered from the altitude of 7000 meters. 

The rest of 11 climbers descended down to base camp without any causality, but many of them lost toes and fingers due to frost bite. According to many, attempting Annapurna in early spring was a mistake, conditions were winter like and too cold.   

Author: @dcarslan 

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