Australian trekker dies near Mount Everest base camp

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A sign showing the way to Everest Base Camp. (Roberto Schmidt, AFP)

A sign showing the way to Everest Base Camp. (Roberto Schmidt, AFP)

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Kathmandu — An Australian trekker has died near the Mount Everest base camp, possibly due to high-altitude sickness, police said Monday.

The 49-year-old man died Friday at Lobuche village, located just below the base camp, at 4 940 meters (16 200 feet), said Nepalese police official Khil Raj Bhattarai.

Police identified the man as Jones Matthew Oldisworth. His body was taken to Kathmandu, Nepal's capital.

Australian news reports said the man was from Melbourne.

Thousands of foreign trekkers hike up to the base camp during the spring and autumn season, when the weather is favourable. The popular trek lasts about two weeks, and the trekkers are allowed only up to the base camp. 

Only climbers with a special permit are allowed to go beyond and attempt to scale the world's highest peak.

High-altitude sickness is also common for visitors to the area who are not used to the thinner level of oxygen.


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