1,000 can­dles lit in mem­ory of moun­taineers


Res­i­dents in Ulaan­baatar lit 1,000 can­dles at Sukhbaatar Square on Satur­day in mem­ory of the 17 climbers who died on Oc­to­ber 22 dur­ing a climb to Ot­gontenger Moun­tain in Zavkhan Province.

Nearly 150 moun­taineers gath­ered at the Bogd Khan Res­tau­rant at 11:00 p.m. and climbed to Baruun Shireet area of Bogd Khan Moun­tain via Dugui Tsagaan while hold­ing pho­to­graphs of the climbers and can­dles for the de­ceased moun­taineers. At the top of the moun­tain, they held a one minute’s si­lence in re­mem­brance of the de­ceased climbers.

The can­dle light­ing cer­e­mony was or­ga­nized by the Mon­go­lian Na­tional Climb­ing Fed­er­a­tion and 18 Mon­go­lian hik­ing clubs, in­clud­ing Hori­zon, Orgil Uud, and Khamt­daa Alkhats­gaay clubs.

The Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency’s re­port about the 17 climbers shook Mon­go­lians all over the world, es­pe­cially dur­ing the long res­cue ef­forts.

The de­ceased climbers were found at 3,200 to 3,400 me­ters el­e­va­tion by emer­gency re­spon­ders. Ex­perts pre­sumed that the climbers most likely fell off a cliff.

Ac­cord­ing to Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency of­fi­cials, 27 climbers went to climb Ot­gontenger Moun­tain on Oc­to­ber 22 and only 10 man­aged to safely make their way down from the moun­tain. Four of the 17 de­ceased moun­taineers were women and the rest were men.

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