Spencer Matthews shares photo of brother’s memorial near Mount Everest

Spencer Matthews visited a memorial to his late brother near Mount Everest (Picture: Spencer Matthews/ Instagram)

Spencer Matthews has shared a photo of prayer scarves surrounding a memorial to his late brother Michael Matthews, who went missing on Mount Everest in 1999.

Last year the former Made in Chelsea star, 34, made a pilgrimage to Nepal with a team of expert climbers to try and find his brother’s body, a journey which was also captured by cameras for the recently released documentary Finding Michael.

Just three hours after becoming the youngest Briton ever to reach the summit aged 22, Michael disappeared and was declared dead soon after.

After travelling to Base Camp, Spencer has now shared a photo showing how many people have marked their respect by covering Michael’s memorial with the scarves, which are said to spread blessings.

‘On the trail to Everest you arrive at Thukla Pass in Chukla Lare, home to a collection of stupas (cairns), memorialising some of those taken by the mountain,’ he wrote on Instagram.

‘Shortly after Michael died and in the absence of a body, we had one built for him so that he could be remembered on this beautiful path.

The memorial in 1999.

The memorial back when it was erected in 1999 (Picture: Spencer Matthews/ Instagram)

‘Last year I visited Mike’s to find it completely covered in prayer scarves.’

He also added: ‘Swipe for what it looked like back in 1999.’

An experienced mountaineer, Michael had previously conquered Kilimanjaro, the Pyrenees and the Swiss Alps, but became the 162nd person to die on Everest.

He is believed to have got in trouble after beginning to make his way down the south descent through the ‘death zone’ on May 13, 1999 after spending around 20 minutes at the summit.

Michael Matthews went missing on Mount Everest when he was just 22 (Picture: Disney Plus)

Following in the footsteps of his late brother, Spencer enlisted the help of adventurer Bear Grylls and record-breaking mountaineer Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja to try and find Michael’s body, however it has not yet been recovered.

Losing his brother when he was just 10-years-old, Spencer spoke in the documentary that he was hoping the family would be able to find his body to be able to mourn his loss properly.

‘I was aching to find out more about his death. I was ten at the time. I remember thinking it was really unfair,’ Spencer said on The Travel Diaries podcast earlier this year.

Spencer Matthews at Everest Base Camp.

Spencer travelled to Base Camp for the documentary (Picture: Courtesy of Disney Plus)

‘I always believed that I’d see him again and never took it on the chin that he was dead. I thought it was impossible. It never crushed me in the way it affected my parents and my brother.’

He added: ‘We had a memorial service but were of course never able to see his body.’

Finding Michael is streaming on Disney Plus.

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