August 19, 2016

Three Myanmar climbers to attempt Everest’s Camp 4

Camp-3 of Myanmar climbers at Mt. Everest. Photo: Supplied
Camp-3 of Myanmar climbers at Mt. Everest. Photo: Supplied

THREE Myanmar citizens are planning their advance to Mount Everest’s Camp 4, notoriously dubbed the ‘Dead Zone’, following their successful climb to Camp 3 on the world’s highest mountain, according to the Myanmar Hiking and Mountaineering Federation.
Nyi Nyi Aung, Win Ko Ko and Pyae Phyoe Aung reached Camp 3 at a height of 23,625 feet on 4 May, but descended to Base Camp for more training and necessary check-ups before attempting the climb to Camp 4, at 26,085 feet.
At this height, many climbers are contracted with altitude sickness, an illness caused by ascent to high altitudes and characterised by hyperventilation, nausea and exhaustion resulting from a shortage of oxygen. Other symptoms include insomnia, headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath and cerebral oedema.
Camp 4 is referred to as the Dead Zone because of its adverse weather conditions and remote location, making unlikely the chance of rescue in the case of an emergency. The Myanmar Hiking and Mountaineering Federation has announced that the climbers plan to reach the summit of Everest, which has a height of 29,029 feet above sea level.—Myanmar News Agency


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