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Kenyan climber Cheruiyot Kirui found dead after Mount Everest expedition

Cheruiyot Kirui, a Kenyan climber who had gone missing on Wednesday has been found dead metres from the summit of Mount Everest.

Confirming his death was Everest Today, a Nepali mountaineering news website that also confirmed that a Nepali climber who was with him is yet to be found.

“He was on a daring mission to reach the summit without supplementary oxygen and was accompanied by a Nepali climber Nawang Sherpa, whose fate is still unknown,” said Everest Today

At the time of his disappearance, Kirui was with Sherpa but their connection with Seven Summit Treks (SST) officials was unreachable when they 8,000 metres through the expedition.

In a previous interview, the banker working for Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) noted that climbing the mountain with artificial oxygen was easy and that he would prefer to do it without any assistance.

“The challenge for me would be without supplemental oxygen; otherwise, I wouldn’t feel like I’ve achieved much. So, I want to see how my body can cope in such altitude,” he said

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