An Australian trekker has died near the Mount Everest base camp, possibly due to high-altitude sickness. The trekker is identified as 49 years, Jones Matthew Oldisworth from Melbourne.
Jones died on Friday at Lobuche village at 4,940 m (1,6200 ft), a teahouse camp before Everest base camp. He was on his way back from Everest base camp. High altitude experts suspect that pulmonary Edema, one of the severe consequence of high altitude sickness must have been the cause of his death. HAPE (High altitude pulmonary edema) often gets worse at night or even a day after returning from the high altitude. His body was taken to the capital Kathmandu, Nepal.
It is possible to do short cultural trek in Everest National Park. The trekking is the best way to get the feel of Sherpa land and the part of Himalayas where Mt Everest nestels. The 8 days trek can be organized with deluxe or luxury lodges. Short Everest Trek >
Spring and autumn is the peak trekking season when thousands of foreign trekkers hike up to the base camp. Everest base camp trek takes about two weeks. With normal trekking permits, trekkers can stay as long as their visa permits and do trekking over three passes (Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La), climb Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) or Kalapathar (5,643 m) and go to base camp. Special peak climbing permits or expedition permits are required to go beyond base camp.