Hilaree Nelson, famous American extreme skier, receives a traditional Nepalese funeral

A famous extreme skier from the United States who was killed after falling from one of the world’s tallest mountains had a traditional funeral at a Sherpa cremation ground on Sunday as Buddhist monks officiated in a ceremony attended by attended by family, friends and government officials.

Hilaree Nelson, 49, fell from the 8,163 meter summit of the eighth highest mountain in the world. Mount Manaslu last week while skiing with his partner, Jim Morrison.

Nelson’s body was transported to the Sherpa cremation ground in Kathmandu from a hospital morgue in the back of an open truck, which was decorated with a poster of her and adorned with flower garlands.

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Family, friends, climbers and government officials gathered at the cemetery, offering flowers and sashes which were placed over his remains, which were then laid on a pile of wood. Buddhist monks lit the pyre by playing musical instruments and chanting prayers while mourners lit incense.

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

Buddhist monks hold a ceremony during the funeral of famous extreme skier Hilaree Nelson in Kathmandu, Nepal on October 2, 2022.
(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

She disappeared on September 26 and rescuers who searched for her by helicopter found her body two days later and transported it to Kathmandu. Bad weather had hampered the initial search.

Mount Manaslu climbers have been battling bad weather and repeated avalanches.

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On the same day Nelson fell, a low-level avalanche on the same mountain killed a Nepalese man and injured several other climbers.

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

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Nelson, of Telluride, Colorado, and Morrison, of Tahoe, Calif., are extreme skiers who summited Mount Lhotse, the world’s fourth tallest mountain, in 2018.

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

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