immense Annapurna South Face, seen from the base camp of the face
I joined an Everest expedition in 2006 the leader of which was Mr. Park. Mr. Kang was my old friend. Most members of the current "rescue" expedition are also my good friends. It is no wonder I could join with them although it was not planned, in particular I was regarded as skilled to build up a base camp.
There were two voices in their country: to retrieve their dead bodies and not to do so, leaving them onto the "heart" of the mountain. "The family of the deceased" and the close friends like the members of the expedition seem to want to do so. Other people who do not know the deceased ones personally seem to want not to do so.
Retrieving dead bodies from Himalayan mountains is not an extraordinary project for Korean people, as their mountaineering history shows several examples. Sherpa mountaineers, in my interview with Sherpas, also regard the idea reasonable, while, as they concede, other national people would not do so.
Annapurna Base camp trekking
The immense wall of the south face of Annapurna 1 (8091m).
Korean and Sherpa climbers coming back from ABC (Advanced Base Camp) to BC.
With all the members of the expedition at the basecamp
Sherpas making a heli-port backgrounded by a sacred mountain "Fish Tale" Machhpuchre"