Over 200 people flocked to reach the summit of the Mt. Everest on Wednesday, and the number of deaths this year has been the highest since 2012, when huge earthquakes triggered deadly avalanches on the mountain. By Ishani Singh
After the infamous human traffic jam began to infest the Everest, a video was posted by Rotash Khileri on Instagram. In the clip, three Himalayan Sherpas can be seen struggling to carry the dead body of a man in chilling temperatures and high altitudes.
“This video teaches every climber a lot. We must understand this situation,” he wrote.
The Nepal Government has so far issued 381 permits to tourists this season along with an additional 14 to Nepalese mountaineers, priced at INR 7,68,300 each. Most deaths on the Everest have been attributed to poor health conditions, exhaustion, dearth of oxygen and mental fatigue. Another common condition among tourists is pulmonary edema where the lungs are filled with liquid, which causes respiratory failure and consequently, death.
An American citizen, John Kulish (61) died on his descent from the summit of Mt. Everest on Monday, while a British climber Robin Haynes Fisher (44) died just 150 m from the peak when he collapsed in the ‘death zone’, symbolic of low levels of oxygen. Another man, Kevin Hynes, a father of two children, succumbed to extreme weather conditions earlier this week as he attempted to scale the Everest summit.
A major reason for overcrowding is the outburst of inexperienced climbers who are offered cheap packages by tourism companies to climb up the mountain. According to Ameesha Chauhan, another climber who is admitted in a hospital due to frostbite, travellers who do not possess the basic skills of mountaineering should be barred from taking the journey. Even though getting a permit requires a doctor’s prescription declaring the climber as physically fit, it doesn’t ensure the presence of stamina required to climb such high altitudes.