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.