Howrah youth Saikat Kundu died on Sunday of asphyxia caused by “a breathing problem in the high altitudes” while doing an advanced mountaineering course in West Sikkim.
The autopsy report that his family received on Monday says so.
The 25-year-old resident of Andul in Howrah had joined the course at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling last week and died near the Kanchenjungha base camp off Dzongri, Sikkim.
Mother Kasturi along with five other relatives and four friends reached Darjeeling on Monday afternoon and proceeded to Sikkim to claim the body. “The post-mortem report states that he died because of suffocation triggered by a breathing problem in the high altitudes,” said cousin Debraj Paul.
The family said he had fallen ill during the trek and was not allowed to climb further. Saikat was being brought down to Yuksom but he died in his sleep in the morning.
Saikat worked as a scuba diving instructor in the Andamans and had participated in several state-level weightlifting and bodybuilding competitions. An adventure sports enthusiast, he had set his sights on scaling the Everest in 2018.
“Saikat was physically fit and his death is a huge shock for us,” uncle Samir Paul said.
“His body was handed to the family at Geyzingh around 4.30pm after which he was cremated on the banks of the Rangit river at Legship,” said D.B. Giri, the West Sikkim superintendent of police.