His body has been recovered and airlifted to Lukla, where the nearest airport to Mount Everest is located, Dinesh Bhattarai, of the Nepal Tourism Department said.” Quick Day from Basecamp up to 7,000m and back. I love it is such a great place here. I still believe in active aclimatisation. This is way more effective then spending nights up in the altitude,” Steck wrote on Facebook before the accident. Ueli Steck won the Piolet D’or, mountaineering’s highest honor, in 2009 and 2014. He was known for his speed and versatility and had several records, including ascending the north face of the Eiger in the Bernese Alps in less than three hours. Last year, six climbers died on Mount Everest. Steck’s death was the first recorded this year of the Everest climbing season. He began his professional climbing career at age 18.