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In Nepal to Retrieve Fallen Icelanders’ Remains

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In Nepal to Retrieve Fallen Icelanders’ Remains

Pumori Mountain

Mount Pumori, 7,161m (23, 494ft), is located on the Nepal-Tibet border 8km west of Mount Everest. Photo: Uwe Gille/Wikimedia Commons.

Icelandic mountaineer Leifur Örn Sveinsson is now on the slopes of Mount Pumori in the Himalayas. He is on a mission to retrieve the bodies of Kristinn Rúnarsson and Þorsteinn Guðjónsson, who died on an expedition on the mountain over 30 years ago, mbl.is reports.

Kristinn and Þorsteinn were last seen on October 18, 1988, around a height of 6,600 metres on the mountain’s slopes. Their bodies were discovered recently by an American climber who came across them and determined by their identification that they were Icelanders.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the National Police Commissioner have assisted Icelandic Mountain Guides in organising the operations. Leifur Örn volunteered to travel to Nepal and attempt to retrieve the two bodies from the mountain. According to a statement from the deceased men’s relatives, the location of the bodies is considered fairly accessible so the operation should not put Leifur and others who may help him with the task in danger.

It could take a long time before Kristinn’s and Þorsteinn’s remains make it to Iceland, however, as transfer permits are needed from all countries they will be transported through.

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