Overcrowded Mount Everest claim 3 more lives

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Nirmal Purja MBE: “Project Possible – 14/7″Climber Nirmal Purja posted this photo on Facebook early on May 23.

The Overcrowded World Highest peak, Mount Everest in Nepal has claimed three more lives, International News Agency AFP quoted expedition organisers and officials on Friday.

This takes the toll from a deadly week on the overcrowded peak of the Everest to seven.

This season Nepal Government has issued a record 381 permits costing $11 000 each for this year’s spring climbing season, triggering bottlenecks en route to the summit after poor weather cut down the number of climbing days.

“Two more Indian climbers have died on Everest yesterday,” Mira Acharya, spokeswoman for Nepal’s Tourism Department, told AFP, while expedition organisers confirmed the third fatality.

Kalpana Das, 52, reached the summit but died on Thursday afternoon while descending, as a huge number of climbers queued near the top of Mount Everest.

Another Indian climber, 27-year-old Nihal Bagwan, also died on his way back from the summit.

“He was stuck in the traffic for more than 12 hours and was exhausted. Sherpa guides carried him down to Camp 4 but he breathed his last there,” said Keshav Paudel of Peak Promotion.

An Austrian climber died on the northern Tibet side of the mountain, his expedition organiser said.

The 65-year-old died close to the summit on his descent.

Wednesday saw an Indian and American climber die on the mountain. Last week, an Indian climber died and an Irish mountaineer is presumed dead after he slipped and fell close to the summit.

Ang Tsering Sherpa, former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, said that the weather window to summit this season was narrow, meaning that many teams were still waiting to go up.

“Spending a long time above the death zone increases the risk of frostbite, altitude sickness and even death,” he said.

Mountaineering in Nepal has become a lucrative business since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent of Everest in 1953.

Nepal has issued a record 381 permits costing $11 000 each for this year’s spring climbing season, triggering bottlenecks en route to the summit after poor weather cut down the number of climbing days.

At least 140 others have been granted permits to scale Everest from the northern flank in Tibet, according to expedition operators. This could take the total past last year’s record of 807 people reaching the summit.

Most of the deaths on Everest have been attributed to Overcrowding and Traffic jam on. The jam is so intense on Everest that climbers have to wait for long hours to pass.

Nirmal Purja MBE: “Project Possible – 14/7″Climber Nirmal Purja posted this photo on Facebook early on May 23. It shows a dense line of climbers on their way to the Hillary Step and then the summit. “I summited everest at 5:30 am and lhotse 3:45 pm despite of [sic] the heavy traffic (roughly 320 people),” wrote Purja, who is currently attempting to climb all 14 of the Himalayas’ 8,000-meter peaks in a single season.

The photo was quickly disseminated by other social media users who couldn’t believe what it depicted, with comments like “I can’t believe this photo from Mount Everest 2019 is real, but apparently it is,” and “this looks like a lot of fun and totally normal and not at all fucked.”

It may be the most iconic modern Everest photo since 2012, when Ralf Dujmovits captured another “conga line” of climbers ascending the Lhotse Face.

It’s not the first evidence of serious crowding seen on the mountain this season; on April 19, a photo of climbers queued up in the Khumbu Icefall also sparked surprise:

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