At least 11 Dead on Mt Everest After ‘Traffic Jam-Like Situation’

The death toll on Mount Everest, where a ‘traffic jam-like situation’ was reported recently, has risen to 11, according to news agency AFP.

A 62-year-old Colorado climber, Christopher Kulish, died shortly after getting to the top of Mount Everest and achieving his dream of scaling the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, his brother said on Monday, 27 May.

Christopher Kulish was the 11th person to die as he descended Mount Everest.

Earlier on 25 May, a British climber collapsed shortly after reaching the summit and the death of an Irish man.

British climber Robin Fisher, 44, reached the summit on Saturday morning but collapsed when he had got just 150 meters back down the slope.

"“Our guides tried to help but he died soon after” " - Murari Sharma of Everest Parivar Expedition

On the northern Tibet side of the mountain, a 56-year-old Irish man died Friday morning, his expedition organisers confirmed in a statement on their Facebook page.

The man decided to return without reaching the summit but died in his tent at the North Col pass at 7,000 metres (22,965 feet).

Four climbers from India and one each from the United States, Austria and Nepal have already died on Everest in the past week. Another Irish mountaineer is missing presumed dead after he slipped and fell close to the summit.

Mt Everest Overcrowded With Over 200 Trekkers

On 22 May, the world’s highest peak witnessed a traffic-jam like situation as over 200 mountaineers attempted to reach the summit point, as reported by PTI.

Climbers from many countries reached above the Camp IV early morning and complained of waiting for more than two hours in queues on their way to the summit point of the 8,848-metre peak.

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“Over 200 climbers including high-altitude climbing guides headed from the South Col to the summit point early this morning after they found a second weather window to attempt to stand atop the roof of the world,” Gyanendra Shrestha, a liaison officer deployed by the Tourism Ministry at the Everest base camp, was quoted as saying by the paper.

In the deadliest climbing season, overcrowding is leading to a loss of life on Mt Everest.

He said that many of the climbers who were earlier stuck reached the top of the peak by Wednesday, 22 May, afternoon but the exact number was not yet known.

Indian Mountaineers Perish in the Expedition

Two more Indian climbers have died on Mount Everest, taking the toll of Indian mountaineers to eight who perished while on their expedition to the world's highest peak during this season.

27-year-old Nihal Bagwan and 49-year-old Kalpana Das, died along with two other climbers above the 8,848 meter Mount Everest while descending the summit, the expedition organisers said.

Nihal Bagwan also died while descending Mt Everest.

Local tour organiser Keshav Paudel said Bagwan had been "stuck in the traffic for more than 12 hours and was exhausted."

The first mountaineer from Odisha, Kalpana Das, also passed away.

Two Indian climbers, including an Indian Army soldier, were earlier reported to have died and another has gone missing in Nepal after one of them successfully scaled the world’s highest peak Mount Everest, the expedition organiser said, days after two mountaineers from the country perished in the Himalayan nation.

Army soldier Ravi Thakar, 28, was found dead inside his tent at Camp IV on Mount Everest early Friday while Narayan Singh died at Camp IV on Thursday night when he was climbing down from the 8,485-meter Mount Makalu summit, world's fifth highest mountain.

Narayan Singh died at camp 4 on Thursday night while climbing down from the 8,485-meter summit, Nepal Tourism Ministry official Mira Acharya said.

“Indian climber Narayan Singh died in Mt Makalu. He died at camp 4 while descending the summit,” Acharya told PTI.

On 23 May, a Utah climber with a long-held dream to climb the highest mountains on the planet’s seven continents died on top of Mount Everest after reaching his final summit, one of his daughters said.

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Don Cash, 55, died "at the peak of Mt Everest accomplishing his dream of summiting the 7 summits," his daughter Danielle Cook posted on Facebook on Wednesday.

A 54-year-old Indian woman climber also died while descending the Mt Everest. Mumbai-based Anjali S Kulkarni died at above Camp IV after she fell ill while coming down from the summit point on Wednesday, Thupden Sherpa, an official at Arun Treks, which organised the climb said.

An American has died on Everest, his expedition organiser said Thursday, 23 Mayy, as a rush of climbers marked one of the busiest days on the world's highest mountain.

Donald Lynn Cash, 55, collapsed at the summit of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak on Wednesday as he was taking photographs.

"Our two Sherpas helped him gain consciousness but he died close to the Hilary Step as they were bringing him back," Pasang Tenje Sherpa of Pioneer Adventure told AFP.

(With inputs from PTI, The Himalayan Times)

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