Israeli citizen dies while hiking the Laguna 69 trek in the Cordillera Blanca

T wo Israeli newspapers report on the death of the 35-year-old Pavel Lerman, from the city of Safed in northern Israel, while accompanied by many other Israeli backpackers in the Huascaran National Park. According to the Israeli press his family has been notified of his death. The cause of death is unclear, local people in the tourist industry in Huaraz say that an assistant guide stayed with the 30-year-old after mentioning he felt unwell. What happened afterwards is still unknown. The body is at the morgue of Yunyay at the moment for autopsy but sources indicate that the unfortunate suffered a heart attack.

According to the Jeruzalem OnlineHis father, Dr. Elkady Lerman from Ziv Hospital in the city, who previously worked in the hospital’s x-ray department, was struggling to come to terms with the tragedy and stated that his son was supposed to come home about a month ago: “He decided to extend his trip until the end of the month so he could visit Peru. We talked yesterday and he stated that everything was excellent.”

The Laguna 69 trek is of the most beautiful hikes in the Cordillera Blanca and the start of the trek at Cebollapampa is at 3,900 metres as the lake itself is located at 4550 metres above sealevel.

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