Mountaineer Cheruiyot Kirui’s body to remain on Mount Everest, family says

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Mountaineer Cheruiyot Kirui’s body to remain on Mount Everest, family says

The family of mountaineer Joshua Cheruiyot Kirui on Wednesday May 29, 2024 chose to let his body stay on Mount Everest.

In a press statement, Cheruiyot’s family explained that they reached the decision after thorough discussions and taking all factors into account.

The alternative would have been to bring Kirui’s body down from Mount Everest, which would have cost more than Ksh13million.

“Cheruiyot fell into a crevasse 48 meters from the summit (8,848 meters) and retrieving his body from that high up would be risky for the rescue team, the family does not wish to endanger any life,” the statement read in part.

“Cheruiyot Kirui had a profound love for the mountains, and they loved him in return. We find solace in knowing he rests in his happy place.”

A photo collage of Cheruiyot Kirui, Kenyan mountaineer who was found dead below the summit of Mt Everest.
A photo collage of Cheruiyot Kirui, Kenyan mountaineer who was found dead below the summit of Mt Everest.

The family also thanked everyone for the assistance during this tough time, especially the rescue team that tirelessly searched for Kirui’s body.

“We appreciate the love and condolence messages received from relatives, friends and the outdoor community. We specifically acknowledge the massive support we have received from the (bank) where Joshua worked. We truly know that our son was loved,” the family mentioned.

They also sent their prayers to the family of Nawang Sherpa, Kirui’s climbing companion from Nepal, who is still missing.

“We extend our gratitude to Seven Summit Treks for their support, information, and guidance during this time. We also pray for the family of Nawang Sherpa, Cheruiyot’s Sherpa during this expedition, who is yet to be found. May they find peace.”

Kirui aspired to be the first African to summit Mt. Everest without extra oxygen but tragically lost his life in the process.

His body was found just 8,000 meters from the summit of Mount Everest days later.

Additionally, he achieved remarkable speed climbs on Mount Kilimanjaro, completing the ascent and descent in just 15 hours.

He also holds the record for over 20 ascents of Mount Kenya, setting course records on the main routes, with an impressive of 2 hours and 56 minutes on the Sirimon route from Old Moses to Lenana Summit.

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