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Cheruiyot Kirui: Body of Kenyan Mountaineer to Remain on Mt Everest

Cheruiyot Kirui
Cheruiyot Kirui died while attempting to climb Mt Everest without supplemental oxygen. Photo: Himalayan.

The family of Kenyan mountaineer Cheruiyot Kirui has decided they will not bring his body to Kenya for burial.

His family said they decided they would let the body remain on Mt Everest.

In a statement, the family revealed they made the difficult decision after extensive consultations and careful consideration of all factors.

“Following the death of Joshua Cheruiyot Kirui on Mt. Everest on May 22, 2024, the family made the difficult decision to let his body remain on Mt. Everest,”

“This decision was made after extensive consultations and careful consideration of all circumstances,” part of the statement read.

According to the family, Cheruiyot fell into a crevasse 48 meters from the summit (8,848 meters) and retrieving his body from that high up would be risky for the rescue team.

“The family does not wish to endanger any life. Cheruiyot had a profound love for the mountains, and they loved him in return. We find solace in knowing he rests in his happy place,” they said.

The family said they appreciate the love and condolence messages received from relatives, friends and the outdoor community.

And they also acknowledged the massive support received from the KCB Group family where Kirui worked.

“We truly know that our son was loved. We extend our gratitude to Seven Summit Treks for their support, information, and guidance during this time,”

“We also pray for the family of Nawang Sherpa, Cheruiyot’s Sherpa during this expedition, who is yet to be found. May they find peace,” the statement added.

A close friend of Kirui emotionally hailed him as a hero.

James Muhia said Cheruiyot Kirui did not just wake up and decide to climb Everest but it took him time and dedication to prepare for it.

Muhia shared a photo with Kirui climbing the summit of Mt  Manaslu to prepare for Everest.