A Japanese climber has died during his eighth attempt to climb Mount Everest. 

Nobukazu Kuriki previously lost nine of his fingertips after contracting frostbite on an earlier attempt to scale the world’s highest mountain. The 36-year-old’s body was found after he died in his sleep in a tent at 7,400 metres on the 8,850-metre mountain. 

His body was discovered by Sherpas, tourism department official Gyanendra Shrestha said from base camp. 

Mr Kuriki had his fingertips amputated after a failed Everest expedition in 2012, during which he spent two days in a snow hole in temperatures below -20C. Climbers only have until the end of the month to complete their expedition before conditions deteriorate  

Mr Kuriki was a known mountaineer who made it most of the way up Everest before he died. He was one of two foreign adventurers to die on the mountain in recent days. 

Gjeorgi Petkov, a 63-year-old from Macedonia, was at a higher elevation at the time of his death, officials said. 

Golfers in Hawaii don't let volcano eruption get in the way of a round Some 340 foreign climbers, led by Sherpa guides, will attempt to scale Everest in May. Scores of them were successful over the last week having been aided by good weather. 

Teams must end their attempts by the end of this month as conditions are set to deteriorate.


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