Nepali Scales Everest Record 24 Times-With One More to Go

Nepali Scales Everest Record 24 Times-With One More to Go

Two mountaineers have died on Mount Everest after crowds of people became stuck in a queue leading to the summit of the world's highest mountain.

But a small window of suitable weather before the short season ends has in recent days triggered bottlenecks of hundreds of climbers wanting to achieve for many - although perhaps not for purists - the ultimate in mountaineering.

Pasang Tenje Sherpa, of Pioneer Adventure, told AFP that Mr Cash collapsed on the summit and died close to Hillary Step as guides were taking him back.

Kulkarni's expedition organizer, Arun Treks, said heavy traffic at the summit had delayed her descent and caused her death.

"In that situation, our Sherpa Guides tried to rescue and drag him down towards Camp 4 as quick as they could".

A 65-year-old Austrian climber, meanwhile, died on the northern Tibet side of the mountain.

The Himalayan Times quoted a local government official, Meera Acharya, as saying Das - who also reached the summit - had died while descending the mountain.

Climbers hoping to make it to the top of the mountain are forced to wait for hours at 26,200 feet in freezing temperatures in what's known as the Death Zone, according to the Guardian. Cash made it to summit of Everest when he fell and then died of probable altitude sickness near a rocky outcrop called the Hillary Step.

The last steep challenge before the summit occurs after the Hillary Step - a vertical rock face at 8,790 metres - which many climbers said was dislodged in the 2015 quake.

The longer a person stays at high altitude, the higher their risk is for altitude sickness, which happens when the body struggles to adapt to lower air pressure and oxygen levels.

It was also revealed that Nepal has issued a record 381 climber permits, which cost $11,000 each, and has contributed to 200 adventurers traversing the north and south faces at the same time.

Hiking officials say between five and ten climbers die on Mount Everest in an average climbing year. The favorable weather window led to several large expedition parties climbing together.

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

Thursday's deaths followed two other deaths the day before which were blamed on the tailbacks to reach the 8,848m (29,030ft) peak.

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