A British climber has confirmed that a famous rock / slope near the summit of Mount Everest has collapsed, making it even more unsafe to the highest peak of the Himalayas. Those at Everest’s Base Camp could feel the tremors radiating through their feet shortly before a terrifying avalanche buried them in mere moments – 21 of them died, which made it the deadliest day in Everest’s history. Although the cause of the death of the four climbers is yet to be ascertained, rescuers believe the climbers died due to lack of oxygen.
“A search and rescue team have seen his body”, Thupden Sherpa of Arun Treks and Expeditions told AFP. Kumar, 27, became ill after reaching the summit on Saturday and apparently fell 650 feet, according to The Associated Press.
Four bodies, including that of a woman, have been found by Nepali Sherpas on Wednesday, 24 May, in a camp on Mount Everest. Climbers from the United States, Slovakia, Australia and India died on the mountain over the weekend.
The 7.8-magnitude quake triggered an avalanche that flattened base camp, killing 18, and brought the climbing season to a premature close.
The eight recent deaths bring the total number of those killed on the mountain this spring climbing season to 10. “It is also unclear if he was on his way up or down from the summit”, he said.
However, the numbers of people attempting the climb have also skyrocketed since 1990, when the Nepalese government withdrew restrictions on how many teams were allowed on to the mountain – which means the percentage of climbers who die has actually dropped.
Sherpa and Indian-owned climbing firms can charge $18,000 (£14,000) to guide climbers up Everest, compared with western companies such as Mosedale’s, which charges $45,000.
More than 120 climbers have successfully summited Everest from the south side so far this season, with another 80 reaching the peak from the Tibet side.
Six climbers have already died this year attempting to reach the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit of the world’s highest mountain.
Four climbers have died over the weekend near the top of Mount Everest, tour operators said Monday.
Eighteen people were killed in 2015 when a 7.8 magnitude natural disaster triggered avalanches that smashed into the base camp.
Still, over 4,000 people have ascended Everest, and the rate of climber fatality has dropped on average in the last 50 years.