Pokhara—Trekking agencies from Pokhara have appealed all the tourists who visited and love Nepal to extend financial support to the family of trekking supporter Ashok Rai, 35, who died of high altitude sickness during a trekking with Korean group in world famous Annapurna Circuit trek in Manang.
Essence Tours & Travel (ETT)/Treks and Expeditions, its Managing Director Ram Chandra Adhikari and other trekking companies from Pokhara have requested all the donors to support Rai’s wife and child who had been financially relying on the earning of Ashok. According to MD Adhikari, Rai family is poor and ETT is trying its best to support that family.
According to Bir Bahadur Pulami, the Deputy Superintendent of Province 4 Police Office Kaski, Rai was airlifted to Pokhara base Western Regional Hospital from Yakkharka of Nhesang Rural Municipality- 7, Manang on last Tuesday as he suffered high altitude sickness. But doctors pronounced dead in same day at the hospital.
According to Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara Secretary Sushil Raj Paudel, Rai as a porter had trekked up to High Camp (4925m) along with Korean trekkers but felt altitude sickness on January 21 and trekked back to Yak Kharka next morning after having breakfast with his group.
At the end of the day, he found faint in Yak Kharka and was rescued by nearby hotel owner. Next day on Monday, he was airlifted by a helicopter to Pokhara. ETT MD Adhikari has requested all the interested to contact him (+97 -61-462677) or TAAN WRA Pokhara (+977-61463033) to support Rai’s family.
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