Another 650ft or so would have seen him become only the third person in the world to reach the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse
in successive days.
Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Amadablam, Nuptse
, Saribung and Annapurna are major peaks for which the climbers have received permission to climb this spring.
NOON A plate of daal bhaat (lentil soup, vegetables and rice - the fuel of the Himalayas) while trekking the high mountains in Solukhumbu, Nepal, with a view of mount Ama Dablam on the flanks of Lhotse, Sagarmatha and Nuptse
to take in.
Sarah Douglas, 45, trekked 5500m to the summit of Mount Nuptse
in Nepal, to bury her mum Jenny's ashes where British Army major Gerry Owens died in a tragic climbing accident.
Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain and is surrounded by Nuptse
(right) and Lhotse (left)
Moreover, the Everest base camp also works as the base camp for neighbouring peaks like Lhotse and Nuptse
. Thus, Everest, known as Sagarmatha in Nepal, is likely to see a congestion this season as over 2,000 trekkers, porters, guides and mountain enthusiasts are gathering in the base camp.
Ueli Steck, also known as "Swiss Machine," was killed Sunday in an accident on the Nuptse
peak, a mountain in the Khumbu region of the Mahalangur Himal, in the Nepalese Himalayas.
Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks said Steck was killed at Camp One of Mount Nuptse
His body was found at the bottom of Mount Nuptse
, about two miles from 29,000ft Everest.
Ueli Steck, 40, died after falling to the foot of Mount Nuptse
, a smaller peak in the area, said Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summits Treks company that organised Steck's expedition.
He always loved mountaineering and, with another SAS climber, Bronco Lane, joined an expedition to Nuptse
, Everest's near neighbour in 1975, which ended in tragedy when four men died.
Kenton and Sherpa Dorje Gylgen were midway through their world-first six-day summiting of Himlayan giants Nuptse
, Everest and Lhotse.