Swiss climber to be cremated near Everest

Swiss climber to be cremated near Everest

The body of Ueli Steck, the Swiss climber who died near Everest over the weekend, will be cremated at a Buddhist monastery close to the world's highest peak.

The 40-year-old alpinist slipped from a slope and fell to his death on Sunday while attempting to summit Everest via a rarely used route.

"He will be cremated near Tengboche monastery (a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Sherpa community)," said Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, the organiser of Steck's expedition this year.

Sherpa said the funeral on Thursday will follow Buddhist rituals in which monks will offer prayers.

Tributes to the Swiss star have been paid by mountaineers from across the world.