What's behind the spike in deaths on Mount Everest?

What's behind the spike in deaths on Mount Everest?

The Nepali government has issued 381 permits this year-a record-far too many, according to many seasoned alpinists, who have been warning of the dangers.

Because of the altitude, climbers have just hours to reach the top before they are at risk of pulmonary edema, when the lungs fill with liquid causing respiratory failure. Mountaineers described traffic jams caused by exhausted rookies in the "death zone", the final phase of the ascent from Camp Four at 8,000 meters (26,240 feet) to the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak.

Once only accessible to well-heeled elite mountaineers, Nepal's booming climbing market has driven down the cost of an expedition, opening Everest up to hobbyists and adventure-seekers. My revised plan, subject to weather that at the moment looks promising, is to return up the mountain leaving basecamp Tuesday the 21st 0230 and, all being well and a lot of luck, arriving on the summit the morning of Saturday the 25th.

Expert mountaineer and speaker Alan Arnette, who has climbed Everest four times told "FOX & friends" on Wednesday that 2019 has been "a little bit of an anomaly but it wasn't unheard of" as a now-viral photo of hikers lining up to reach the iconic summit has highlighted the problem. The Swiss trekking company Kobler and Partner identified him in a statement only as Ernst.

For this spring climbing season, 378 climbers from 41 teams had got permits from Nepal to climb the Everest.

The lack of due diligence from aspiring mountaineers and a spike in inexperienced local operators has turned the climb to the top of the world into a "free-for-all" and put lives at risk, British climber Martin Hewitt said May 30.

Social media users were surprised at the crowded image, and political writer Charles P. Pierce wrote on Twitter "can everybody please stop climbing Mount Everest for a while?" "People should have to have climbed an 8,000-meter peak, and they need to tighten up who can guide there because right now they let anybody guide", Arnette said.

The narrow window of opportunity - coupled with a record high number of permits - has forced climbers to either wait in high altitude or head back down the mountain, stepping over dead bodies along their way.

The short clip appears to show the climbers narrowly huddled along a ridge in between ice, rocks and huge vertical drops near Everest's "death zone".

Lama also faulted private trekking companies that are more focused on expanding their client base than safety.

Reports have said that here has been overcrowding and queuing of climbers near the summit last few days.

In each season, hundreds of climbers attempt to climb the summit of Mount Everest.

"In the mountains it is always unpredictable", said Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summits Treks, one of the biggest expedition companies in Nepal.

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