India Army mountaineer, part of 'Yeti'-sighting team, dies after fall


New Delhi: The Army on Friday said a member of its 18-personnel expedition team to Mount Makalu in Nepal, which claimed to have spotted mysterious footprints of mythical creature Yeti, died while descending from the summit point.

The team had successfully climbed Mt. Makalu (8,485 metre) on Thursday.

"While descending from the summit point to Camp IV (first camp during the descent), one of the team members, Naik Narayan Singh, died," the Army said.

The Army said Singh was a keen mountaineer and had earlier taken part in other mountaineering expeditions, including to Mt. Kamet.

Singh had joined the Army in 2002 and hailed from Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. He is survived by his wife and three young children.

Mt. Makalu is considered amongst the most dangerous and challenging peaks to summit. The Army said it had undertaken this mountaineering expedition in furtherance of the objective of climbing challenging peaks above 8,000 metre.

During the expedition, the team also claimed to have spotted mysterious footprints of mythical creature "Yeti" close to Nepal's Makalu Base Camp. The official Twitter handle of the Indian Army had tweeted photographs of a gigantic footprint measuring 32x15 inches. It claimed that the footprints belonged to Yeti, the mysterious ape like creature whose sitings have been rumoured but not established scientifically. The legend of Yeti or the Abominable Snowman is a part of Nepal's folk-lore.