Today in world news a climbers’ mission on Everest ended in tragedy. Four Everest deaths caused by altitude sickness have made the mission one of the most tragic in recent years. Four people died in a traffic jam on Everest.
Although Everest makes for the highest mountain in the world and its difficulty makes climbing it a life threatening experience. The natural conditions are challenging for humans even now, but some adventurers have climbing the Everest on their bucket list. Apparently there are more people with this death sentence in mind than you’d imagine.
The four people that died on Everest these days were caught in a traffic jam. Yes, you read that correctly. The highest mountain in the world gives climbers only a brief window to try and conquer its tip. Over the weekend 150 people were planning to do exactly that. A dozen of them flew together to Nepal to conquer the peak as a tribute to their school’s 50th anniversary.
When it comes to Everest, 150 people stands for traffic jam, so the schedule was a bit interfered with. The four men that died had to wait longer than they were supposed to at high altitudes. They died on their way back to the camp.
Gyanendra Shrestha with the Department of Mountaineering in Nepal explained: “There was a traffic jam on the mountain on Saturday. Climbers were still heading to the summit as late as 2:30 p.m. which is quite dangerous”. This means that “climbers had a longer wait for their chance to go up the trail and spent too much time at higher altitude”.
Ang Tshering Sherpa with the agency that gave climbers the chance to conquer Everest said: “We are sad to announce the death of Eberhard Schaaf, of Germany, at the south side of the summit of Mount Everest”.
The South Korean climber collapsed in an area called “The Balcony” near the 29,029 feet peak. A news agency based in Seoul claims that Song Won-Bin had fallen off a cliff.
The four climbers affected by altitude sickness and exhaustion were from Germany, China, South Korea and Canada. According to the Asian Trekking adventure agency, based in Kathmandu, most of the deaths occurring on Everest are due to altitude sickness.