Gilgit (DPA):A leading Czech mountaineer has died on one of the world’s highest peaks in northern areas, climbing organisers said Sunday. Zdenek Hruby, 57-year-old president of Czech Mountaineering Federation, had tried to summit the 8,068-metres Gasherbrum I, world’s 11th highest peak, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region by a new route.
But the veteran climber had to abandon the plan due gusty winds and heavy rains. He fell on his attempt to return to base camp, said Karrar Haidri of trip organiser Al-Pine Club of Pakistan.
The fall occurred Friday but his death was officially confirmed on Sunday when his partner reached the base camp. Haidri said Zdenek Hruby – who had summitted eight of the 14 peaks higher than 8,000 metres – was being buried at base camp after consultation with his family in the Czech Republic.