How Kenyan mountaineer Cheruiyot Kirui died

On Thursday, Kenyans received the grim news of the death of mountaineer Cheruiyot Kirui while attempting to scale Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen.

But what killed him?

According Mountaineer and businessman James Muhia, Cheruiyot and his Sherpa guide, Nawang Sherpa, suffered a fall.

In a statement on his Mountain Stories

Although it is not possible to determine the exact sequence of events, we know that Cheruiyot and his Sherpa guide, Nawang Sherpa, suffered a fall,” Muhia said.

He said Cheruiyot lost radio communication with the base camp in the early hours of Wednesday, May 22, while trying to reach the summit.

Then his expedition company reported him missing and immediately a team of rescue Sherpas stationed at Camp 4 was dispatched to the point of last contact.

“Cheruiyot’s body was discovered at an altitude of 8,800 meters, 48 ​​meters from the summit,” Muhia said.

Muhia expressed his condolences to friends, colleagues and the wider outdoor community of Cheruiyot.

He stated that the search for Nawang Sherpa is still ongoing and expressed his deepest condolences to his family in Nepal.

“We pray that he is found,” Muhia added.

In a previous post, the man claimed that he and Cheruiyot had performed vigorous exercises in preparation for reaching the summit of Everest.

In a photograph with him and the fallen mountaineer, he explains that they arrived at the Summit of Mount Manaslu (8163 m) on September 24, 2023.

“We climbed this mountain without supplemental oxygen or Sherpa support. It was a climb that prepared us for Mount Everest,” Muhia said.

He went on to state that he was supposed to accompany Cheruiyot on this expedition, but withdrew three weeks into the expedition due to personal reasons.

“I trusted him with my life in Manaslu. I had no doubts about Everest. He has achieved things that I can only admire. Some I am sure I will never achieve,” Muhia said.

“As he expresses his opinions about risks and all that, it’s important to remember who he is and what he’s accomplished. We choose to honor him for who he is.”

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