DOLPA, June 2: Three people who had gone to various highlands of Dolpa to collect Yarsa have died in the last one week due to extreme cold.
The deceased have been identified as Krishna BK, 18, of Barekot Rural Municipality-1, Jajarkot, and Ramesh Chalaune, 18, of the same district. Krishna died at the highland at Ramana of She Phoksundo Rural Municipality while Ramesh died in Pyarivokpama highland, according to Chhatra Khadka, information officer of She Phoksundo National Park, Suligada. They both died on Saturday.
Likewise, Buddhi Karki, 38, of Thuli Bheri Municipality-11, died after falling from a cliff while picking the prized fungus at Duna of Dolpa on May 30. Earlier, two persons from Jumla who had reached the highlands to collect Yarsa before the highlands were officially opened for Yarsa-picking had died due various reasons.
So far, this year five Yarsa pickers have died in the highlands.