Known for being the first female to summit K2, Wanda Rutkiewicz died on either May 12 or May 13, 1992, on Kanchenjunga. She was attempting to become the first woman to summit the world's three tallest mountains when she disappeared. It was not known if she reached the peak of Kanchenjunga or not.
Veteran Polish mountaineer Andrzej Czok lost his life to lung adema on Kanchenjunga on January 11, 1986. Previously, Czok scaled Mount Everest and was the first to make a successful winter ascent of Dhaulagiri.
Renowned climber Benoît Chamoux scaled 10 eight-thousanders in his career before losing his life to one on October 6, 1995. According to a photographer and sherpa that accompanied him, Chamoux went missing on Kanchenjunga and was not heard from ever again.
Physical education teacher and veteran mountaineer Borut Bergant made over 450 ascents in his career before one proved fatal for the Slovenian. Bergant died on April 22, 1985, after he became injured during a descent from Kanchenjunga.
Chettan was an Indian sherpa that accompanied an expedition on Kanchenjunga more than 25 years before the first successful ascent. On May 9, 1930, Chettan was on the northwest face of the mountain when he was killed by falling ice.
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