Urgent action is needed to prevent deaths among Himalayan pilgrims, says climbing federation

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 29 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2628
  1. Siddhartha Yadav
  1. 1Kathmandu

    At least 10 pilgrims have died over the past three weeks while visiting the Kailash Manasarovar area in Tibet, which is at an altitude of over 4500 m. The medical commission of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation has called for urgent action to prevent the deaths.

    The pilgrims are said to have died of altitude related illnesses and worsening of other conditions. Dozens of other pilgrims with serious altitude related illnesses had to be rescued by helicopter.

    The area, believed to be the abode of the …

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