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Australian trekker dies near Mount Everest base camp

An Australian trekker has died near Mount Everest base camp, possibly due to high-altitude sickness, police in Nepal said.

Police official Khil Raj Bhattarai said the 49-year-old man, named as Jones Matthew Oldisworth, died on Friday at Lobuche village, just below base camp, at 16,200ft.

The body was taken to Kathmandu, Nepal's capital.

Australian news reports said the man was from Melbourne.

Thousands of foreign trekkers hike up to base camp during the spring and autumn season, when the weather is favourable.

The popular trek lasts about two weeks, and the trekkers are allowed only up to base camp. Only climbers with a special permit are allowed to go beyond and attempt to scale the world's highest peak.

High-altitude sickness is common for visitors to the area who are not used to the thinner level of oxygen.

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