British woman dies after Everest trek

Everest Himalayan range in 2003 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption October is peak trekking season in Nepal

A British woman has died after being taken ill while on a trekking trip in Nepal's Everest region, police say.

The 49-year-old was reportedly found dead in her hotel room after complaining of breathing difficulties.

Local police told the AFP news agency she had just returned from a trek to Everest base camp, at 5,364m (17,700ft) above sea level, with her daughter.

The Foreign Office said it was notified of the death and was providing consular assistance to the family.

Police spokesman Purushottam Silwal said the pair were on their way to Nepal's capital Kathmandu when the woman experienced trouble breathing and decided to stop for a night at a hotel in Khumjung.

He suggested the death could be down to altitude sickness, which leads to headaches, fatigue and dizziness and occurs when people ascend heights too quickly.

The woman's body has been airlifted to Kathmandu for a post-mortem examination, he added.

October is peak trekking season in Nepal, which is home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains.

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