2 climbers die trying to reach summit of Mount Everest

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Two foreign climbers have died trying to reach the top of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, a Nepal mountaineering official said Monday. Other climbers reported that a Macedonian climber identified as 63-year-old Gjeorgi Petkov died Sunday, and a Japanese climber, 35-year-old Nobukazu Kuriki, died Monday. Kuriki was an experienced mountaineer who had made several unsuccessful attempts to scale Everest, including a 2012 effort in which he lost most of his fingers to frostbite. About 340 foreign climbers and their Sherpa guides are climbing Everest this month. Many made it to the top in the past week, in a run of good weather. The climbing window closes at the end of this month when weather conditions will deteriorate.

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