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Hilaree Nelson: American mountaineer found dead after going missing on top of Nepal

Mountaineer Hilaree Nelson has been found dead after she disappeared while skiing at Manaslu in Samagaun, Nepal.

The world-renowned climber was descending the 27,000ft Manaslu mountain on skis on Monday when she reportedly crashed near the summit.

“The search team that left this morning by helicopter spotted her body and brought her back,” Jiban Ghimire of Shangri-La Nepal Trek, who organized the expedition, told AFP.

Ghimire said the body was taken to the peak base camp and would then be flown to Kathmandu.

On Monday, Hilaree Nelson, 49, slipped and appeared to fall through a 2,000ft (600m) gap in the ice, known as the crevasse, just 15 minutes after reaching the top of the 26,781ft peak .

Earlier in the day, Ms Nelson had scaled the summit of Mount Manaslu – the eighth highest peak in the world – in Nepal with her partner Jim Morrison.

The couple had taken photos with their three Sherpa guides, who used a satellite phone to share the good news with Jiban Ghimire, owner of Shangri-La Nepal Trek, the outfitter that organized their expedition, The New York Times reported.

After climbing the summit, they descended from the 8,163 meter (26,781 ft) summit.

Ms Nelson previously wrote on her Instagram page: “The past few weeks have tested my resilience in new ways.

“The constant monsoon with its incessant rains and humidity made me desperately homesick. I am challenged to find the peace and inspiration of the mountain while it is constantly shrouded in mist.

“Yesterday we ended our bid for the top when we decided it was too dangerous to move from C3 to C4.

“We then decided to ski down from C3 knowing that it would mean getting our skis back up the mountain if, big if here, we tried to summit again. It was the best thing we could do. »

North Face, which sponsors the mother-of-two, said on Monday the climber disappeared below the summit of Mount Manaslu in Nepal.

The statement added: “We are in contact with Hilaree’s family and are supporting search and rescue efforts in any way we can.”

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