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Indian mountaineering community mourns climber who died on Chilean peak

In this 2006 photo, Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, center, stands for a photograph with fellow climbers at an event in New Delhi, India. The well-known mountaineer from India has been found dead in the Andes after going missing since March 23, 2015 in the mountains on the border between Chile and Argentina. The mountaineer had achieved the feat of climbing the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. (AP Photo/Prosenjit Samanta)

In this 2006 photo, Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, center, stands for a photograph with fellow climbers at an event in New Delhi, India. The well-known mountaineer from India has been found dead in the Andes after going missing since March 23, 2015 in the mountains on the border between Chile and Argentina. The mountaineer had achieved the feat of climbing the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. (AP Photo/Prosenjit Samanta)  (The Associated Press)

The Indian mountaineering community is mourning the death of a well-known fellow climber who died while trying to climb an Andean mountain in Chile.

Malli Mastan Babu died in extreme bad weather during an ascent of Cerro Tres Cruces, a mountain in Chile's Atacama region.

The death of the 40-year-old, known in India for climbing the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, was confirmed by an official at India's embassy in Santiago, Chile, over the weekend. He had been missing since March 23.

Mohan Singh Kolhi, the leader of the first Indian expedition to climb to the top of Mount Everest, in 1965, said Malli "definitely had the guts and courage to take risks in life."