The body of famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck is unloaded from a helicopter at Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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The body of legendary Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who died on Mount Everest, was cremated Thursday at a Buddhist monastery that lies in the shadow of the world's highest peak.Steck's body was carried from the helipad to the cremation site a few hundred meters from the monastery, which is surrounded by sheer Himalayan peaks including Everest's towering 8,848 metre (29,030 feet) summit.A number of climbers were expected to trek down from Everest base camp -- some 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Tengboche -- to attend the cremation, according to Nimesh Karki of Seven Summits, a trekking company that helped Steck organise his Everest attempt.The accomplished alpinist was on an acclimatization run to Mount Nuptse, which shares a common ridge with Everest, when he slipped and fell more than 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) early Sunday morning.
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