High-altitude climber Luis Stitzinger dies on Kangchenjunga

The German alpinist and mountain guide Luis Stitzinger has had an accident on Kangchenjunga. The 54-year-old had reached the summit of the third highest mountain in the world last Thursday afternoon and sent a last radio message around 21 p.m. – he has been missing since then.

Luis Stitzinger, one of the most successful German high-altitude climbers, is Kangchenjunga crashed. A five-man search party from the expedition operator Seven Summit Treks found the body of the 54-year-old at an altitude of around 8400 meters, as Mingma Sherpa confirmed to the Himalayan Times.

Luis Stitzinger has been missing since May 25, when he reached the 8586 meter high summit of Kangchenjunga alone and without artificial oxygen in the late afternoon and sent a final radio message around 21 p.m. local time.

The 54-year-old was reportedly aiming to ski down the third highest mountain in the world. Stitzinger had made a name for himself as a big mountain skier over the years. Among other things, with departures on Nanga Parbat (8125m), on Broad peak (8051m), on K2 (8611m) or at Shisha Pangma (8027m).

During his career, Luis Stitzinger climbed ten of the fourteen eight-thousanders in the Himalayas. He refrained from doing so, with the exception of everest, which he climbed as a mountain guide with customers, always on artificial oxygen.

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