A Melbourne man has reportedly died while trekking to Mount Everest base camp.
Fairfax reports the father of two died while returning from Everest base camp in Nepal, an altitude of 5000 metres. The man is understood to not have been trying to climb the entire mountain, but just climbing to the base camp on the south side of Everest.
The man reportedly became sick on Friday, experiencing breathing difficulties. He is said to have died the next day.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was aware of the death of an Australian man, and that the department "stand ready to offer consular assistance."
Those climbing to the top use base camp as a spot to rest and acclimatise to the altitude before continuing on, but many simply trek to base camp as a destination in itself then turn back.
More to come.