American skier Hilaree Nelson given Sherpa cremation after death in the Himalayas | Extreme sports

A famous extreme skier from the United States who was killed after falling from one of the world’s highest mountains was given a traditional funeral at a Sherpa cremation ground on Sunday.

Buddhist monks presided over a ceremony attended by family, friends and officials.

Hilaree Nelson, 49, fell from the 26,775-foot summit of the world’s eighth-highest mountain, Mount Manaslu, last week while skiing down with her partner, Jim Morrison.

Nelson’s body was taken to the Sherpa cremation ground in Kathmandu from a hospital mortuary in the back of an open truck, which was decorated with a poster of her and garlanded with flowers.

Family, friends, mountaineers and officials gathered at the burial site and offered flowers and scarves, which were placed on her remains, which were then rested on a stack of wood. Buddhist monks lit the fire while playing musical instruments and chanting prayers while mourners lit incense.

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Friends and family members mourn Hilaree Nelson in Kathmandu on Sunday. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty

Nelson’s family members had flown to Kathmandu for the funeral.

She disappeared on September 26 and rescuers searching by helicopter found her body two days later, which was flown to Kathmandu. Bad weather had hampered the initial search.

Climbers on Mount Manaslu have struggled with bad weather and repeated avalanches. On the day Nelson fell, an avalanche at a lower elevation on the same mountain killed a Nepalese man and injured several other climbers.

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Hilary Nelson. Photo: Nick Kalisz/Facebook

Hundreds of climbers and their local guides have attempted to reach the mountain’s summit during Nepal’s autumn climbing season.

Nelson, from Telluride, Colorado, and Morrison, from Tahoe, California, are extreme skiers who reached the summit of Mount Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest mountain, in 2018.

The government of Nepal has issued permits to 504 climbers during this year’s autumn climbing season. Most climb Mount Manaslu.

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