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Icelandic Mountaineers Cremated in Nepal

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Icelandic Mountaineers Cremated in Nepal

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.

Nepalese authorities have confirmed that the remains of Icelandic mountaineers Kristinn Rúnarsson and Þorsteinn Guðjónsson, who perished on Mount Pumori over 30 years ago, have been found. Vísir reports that their bodies were cremated yesterday in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.

Leifur Örn Svavarsson, of Icelandic Mountain Guides, recovered the bodies along with a group of local climbers and transported them to Kathmandu last Sunday. The remains were then handed over to relatives of the deceased and cremated yesterday in the Nepalese capital. The two mountaineers’ relations are expected to return to Iceland with the ashes next weekend.

Kristinn and Þorsteinn’s relatives expressed thanks to all parties who had assisted in the finding and recovery of the remains and for the kindness and well-wishes they had received.

Kristinn and Þorsteinn died on Mount Pumori in the Himalayas just over 30 years ago. They were last seen on October 18, 1988, around a height of 6,600 metres (21,650ft) on the mountain’s slopes. Their bodies were found by an American climber earlier this month.

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