More bodies have been found on Mount Everest amid the massive ongoing on the famous mountain. In total, since the beginning of this season, about fifteen mountaineers have died on the different peaks of the Himalayas, including seven trying to reach the top of the world.
Four climbers died Thursday on the slopes of Everest, bringing to eight the number of deaths on the roof of the world this season. Before the announcement of the fourth death, the Nepalese newspaper The Himalayan Times reported a death toll of 16 on the entire Himalayan range.
“Two Indian mountaineers died on Everest yesterday,” spokesman for the Nepal Tourism Department Mira Acharya said on Friday. The first, 52-year-old Kalpana Das, passed away on Thursday afternoon as she descended after reaching the summit.
Another Indian climber, 27-year-old Nihal Bagwan, was killed on the way home, as reported by the organizer of his expedition, Peak Promotion Agency. “He was stuck in the traffic jam for over twelve hours and was exhausted,” says Keshav Paudel, “the guides brought him back to camp 4 but he took his last breath there.”
An expedition organizer reported that a third mountaineer, an Austrian of 65 years of age, died Thursday on the other side of the mountain, on the Tibetan route, less traveled than the Nepalese route. The fourth death is of Nepalese nationality. This is a 33-year-old guide who died at base camp after falling ill at camp 3 at 7,158 meters above sea level.
On Wednesday, a very busy day when more than 200 mountaineers took advantage of the clear weather to set off from Nepal and China, an American and an Indian, both 55, died.
The first, Donald Lynn Cash, collapsed at the top as he took pictures. He died near the Hillary jump as the guides came down.
The second, Anjali Kulkarni, died also during the descent after reaching the summit. The company Arun Trek, which organized this expedition, questions the congestion at the top, which would have delayed her descent.
“She had to wait a long time to get to the top and get off,” says Thupden Sherpa. “She could not go down alone and died while Sherpas guides were coming down.”
The previous week, an Indian mountaineer, 28-year-old Ravi Thakar, died while climbing, and an Irish Mountaineer on the same expedition, 39-year-old Seamus Lawless, was presumed dead after slipping and falling in an area 8,300 m altitude of altitude.
Meanwhile, six foreign climbers have died on other Nepalese peaks of more than 8,000 m of altitude and two others are missing. On Everest last year, five people lost their lives.
This hecatomb is explained in particular by the affluence on the Himalayan slopes. Impressive photos show in recent days a long line of clad mountaineers stomping one behind the other on the ridge between the summit and the southern pass, where the ultimate encampment on the Nepalese side is located.
This year, Nepal has issued a record 381 licenses for the spring season, priced at US $11,000, according to the latest available data, raising fears of traffic jams on the road to the summit.
Each holder of a permit being accompanied by a guide, this means that about 750 people will start on the same track in a few weeks.
At least 140 others were given permits to climb Everest from the northern flank in Tibet. In total, the number of Mountaineers on Everest could this year exceed the record reached last year of 807 people having reached the summit