A traveler from Shandong Province died from severe altitude sickness as he crossed the Aden Nature Reserve in Sichuan province on Thursday, reported by thepaper.cn.
Shi, the traveler, was hiking with 11 others and had met them all online. They chose the Muli - Aden route which goes through a forest sitting on a high altitude. It takes six days to reach the end of the route.
On Wednesday evening when the team was near the forest, Shi already had severe altitude sickness. The group did not have any professional aid equipment and was not able to contact emergency services. Shi died from altitude sickness the next morning. Shi's body was cremated locally.
This is not the first accident at the Reserve, in September, a 40 year-old Miao also died in crossing the Aden Nature Reserve, and last October, there were similar accidents.
The management department of Sichuan Province's Aden Nature Reserve officially issued a warning statement to prevent people from crossing the nature reserve illegally.
Wu Xiaofeng, office director of the reserve's management bureau, said that an official warning is necessary since the warning sign is continually ignored.
He mentioned that online travel groups crossing the nature reserve do not have the knowledge and experience to deal with emergency situations that can occur on the crossing. Participants should be take full care and carefully research the risks before embarking on the hike. In the case of emergency situations, travellers should take the responsibility on themselves and the nature reserve management will provide paid rescue if in need.