Katmandu: The deceased have been identified as Biplab Baidya (48) and Kuntal Kanrar (46) and both of them belonged from Kolkata. The tragedy happened at an altitude of about 8,000 meters, while they were trying to climb the world’s third highest mountain. 

According to Pasang Sherpa of the Peak Promotion hiking company, Baidya, who climbed the 8,586 metre (28,169 feet) Kanchenjunga main summit on Wednesday, died due to altitude sickness on his way down. Kanrar, on the other hand, died while trying to climb the peak. 

May being the climbing season, hundreds of climbers from around the world are thronging the Himalayas. The climbing season ends this month.   

Mt Kanchenjunga

Mt Kanchenjunga lies in the himalyan range. Its is the third highest peak in the world after Mt Everest and K2. Kanchenjunga is in Nepal with an elevation of 8,586 m.

Joe Brown and George Band were the first two climbers who conquered this peak on May 25, 1955. Both the mountanieers where the part of  a British exepidition. Every year hundrends of climber target this peak.

There are five peaks in this range,out of which three peaks are on the borfer of North Sikkim, India and Taplejung district of Nepal

Kanchenjunga name is derived from Sanskrit word Kanchana ganga, where kanchana means 'gold' and ganga means the river ganga.