Two More Deaths Add To Everest Toll

Tuesday, 28 May, 2019

A British climber died while returning from the summit of Mt Everest early Saturday morning taking the death toll on different mountains above 8,000 metres to 20 in the spring climbing season.

A British climber is believed to have died on the slopes of Mount Everest. Peak climbing conditions in April and May have also been a factor in overcrowding, said Danduraj Ghimire, director general of Nepal's tourism department, who rejects claims that overcrowding has made the climb more unsafe. "'Bista, who fell ill at Camp III, in the world's highest peak, breathed his last after he was heli-rescued to the base camp, '" The Himalayan Times reported.

Before he headed for the summit, Mr Cash texted his son Tanner that he felt "so blessed to be on the mountain that I read about for the last 40 years".

Nepali officials said on Friday that three Indian climbers and one Sherpa guide had died.

At least 120 climbers were on the path to the summit on Thursday causing a human traffic jam that is being blamed for the high number of deaths.

Mr Cash, 55, collapsed at the summit and was given CPR by two guides.

2019 has been the deadliest year for Everest climbers since 2012, another year that saw ten deaths, and Arnette said a collision of factors were to blame.

With the short window of suitable weather due to close soon, scores of climbers wanting to achieve the ultimate mountaineering accolade created bottlenecks close to the summit.

Two women from India, Anjali Sharad Kulkarni, 54, and Kalpana Das, 49, died on Friday while descending the summit, which is 8,850 meters high.

Mountaineers walk near camp one of Mount Everest, as they prepare to ascend on the south face from Nepal on April 29, 2018. Another Irish mountaineer is presumed dead after he slipped and fell close to the summit.

Professional climber Andrew Brash told CTV News Channel on Saturday that during high season, "you get people going to the top every day".

There have been a number of avalanches on the mountain over the years, some which have been fatal.

That year, 10 people died on the mountain - one of the worst outside of 2014 and 2015 when an avalanche and an quake caused disasters that killed 16 and 18 people respectively.

Just hours after Mr Lawless reached the summit tragedy struck and the search has since been reclassified as a recovery mission. Climbers wait for favorable weather forecasts to make summit attempts, and this year, there have only been two windows with five summit days so far, as Arnette detailed on his site.

The Department of Tourism had cleared 381 climbers to climb the world's tallest peak this season.

The number of companies offering Everest climbs has ballooned in recent years, and some companies now charge as little as half of the $65,000 price-tag that more established trekking companies charge.

"We have expected that more than 500 people have reached the summit this year", said Shrestha.