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 Mike Bearzi has passed away in Tibet

Mr. Michael Anthony Bearzi died on 12th May, 2002 in an accident on the attempt to climb Mt Gyachung Kang (7952m) by falling down from height of 7264m. Mr. Michael Anthony Bearzi along with Mr. Bruce Miller and Namgyal Sherpa left Kathmandu on 9th of April, 2002 to climb the reclusive and untouched NE Face, the secret Face of Gyachung Kang. 

Gyachung Kang is believed to be at least 7952 meters (26,085 feet) in height, and is regarded as the 15th highest peak in the world, the highest 7,000 meter peak. Their side mission was to resolve the mystery of the height of Gyachung Kang for which they carried a precision lightweight handheld GPS unit with them for the summit.

They were climbing alpine style single push, no fixed camps, no support team. This realm of first ascents done alpine style on the big peaks above 7500 m (24,600 ft.) is a virtual "blank spot on the map" in American mountaineering. As recipients of the Polartec Challenge Grant, Mugs Stump Grant, and the American Alpine Club's Lyman Spitzer Grant, their project had received international endorsement.

Their approach to Gyachung Kang in early April took them from Kathmandu to the Rongbuk Monastery below the North Face of Mt. Everest, then onwards with a small team of Tibetans and yaks up the unknown reaches of the Qutar Glacier to their isolated Base Camp at 5,700 m (18,700 ft.), home for the next six weeks. They were a small group of four with only a Sherpa and Tibetan helper to run their Base Camp.

Whereabouts of Mr. Bruce Miller and Namgyal Sherpa after the accident is not yet available at the moment but China Tibet Mountaineering Association believes that the remaining team are still heading for the summit of Mt. Gyachung Kang.

Explore Himalaya, the local agent who handled the expedition of Mike Bearzi and his team express deep sorrow and heartfelt condolence at the loss of our friend and pray to the almighty god to grant the departed soul of Mr. Bearzi eternal peace and happiness.

Background information on Gyachung Kang:

North Face - Slovene Route of  Gyachung Kang has been reported as Summitted in AAJ   2000 Vol.  42  Issue: 74 pages 75-85. Gyachung Kang   7952m   26088ft   28o 5' 53" 86o 44' 31" 

First summitted was  in 1964 from Ngojumba glacier.

No reports of even attempts from the North East side.

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