Famed Japanese alpinist Nobukazu Kuriki died Monday in his eighth attempt to summit Mt. Everest, officials said.
Kuriki was among 346 climbers with permits to climb Mount Everest from the Nepal side this season.
Kuriki, 35, died in the morning near Camp II of the mountain located at an altitude of 6,400 meters, Gyanendra Shrestha, a tourism ministry official, said from the mountain's Base Camp.More news: Tom Brady not present for Patriots' preseason practice
The bodies were retrieved from the mountain on Monday and were flown by helicopters to Kathmandu, where they were expected to have autopsies. With AP Photos.Two foreign climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest have died on the world's highest peak. A team member wrote on Kuriki's Line blog that the climber began to feel ill around the 7,400-meter mark and started to descend.
The 62-year-old collapsed above Camp Three at 7,200 metres (23,625 feet).
"We are in shock", Tika Ram Gurung, the managing director of Bochi-Bochi Trek, the climbing company that organized his trip, told the New York Times.More news: Family of Santa Fe school shooting suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis 'shocked and confused'
Some 340 foreign climbers and their Sherpa guides are attempting to scale the world's highest mountain this month and many succeeded in the past week during a period of good weather.
In 2012, he lost all of his fingers and one thumb after spending two days in a snow hole at 27,000 feet (8,230m) in temperatures lower than -20C. "I have not reached my retirement age, and until I retire I will continue to be a guide on Everest", he said.
The other person who died on Mount Everest was Macedonian Gjeorgi Petkov, 63.More news: Impressive start for Seamus Power at AT&T Byron Nelson