A man from Hai Phong City in northern Vietnam abruptly collapsed and subsequently passed away while attempting to scale Ta Chi Nhu peak, the seventh tallest mountain in Vietnam, on Sunday.
Police in Tram Tau District of Yen Bai Province, where the peak is located, are investigating the cause of the death, a local official said on Sunday evening.
The victim, 61-year-old N.T.T. from Hai Phong, and around ten other climbers began heading toward the top of the 2,979-meter tall Ta Chi Nhu mountain early Saturday morning.
After spending the night at a campsite along the climbing route that evening, T. and his group resumed the hike on Monday morning.
As they approached the mountain’s summit and paused to take photos, T. suddenly collapsed and lost consciousness.
Despite receiving immediate first aid from those around him, he did not survive.
“T.’s climb was recreational,” the offical said.
"He and his group hired porters to help guide and carry supplies.
“According to his companions, T. had a history of high blood pressure, and it is possible that the altitude and exertion contributed to this tragic incident.
“The victim’s body has been transported back to his hometown for funeral arrangements.”