Top 10 Facts and Tragic Stories about bodies on Everest:

Top 10 Facts and Tragic Stories about bodies on Everest:

Mt.Everest, also known as Sagarmatha in Nepali Language, the highest peak on earth is situated in Nepal.  Its summit is 8,849 meters above sea level. Since its discovery, people from all over the world have dreamt of reaching the summit of the highest point in the world. Many expeditions were made and many turned out to be a tragic one.  many died trying to be the first to climb Everest. Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary were the first to successfully make the first official ascent to the peak of Mt. Everest in 1953. After that thousands have tried and many have succeeded in climbing the highest peak on Earth but sadly, climbing the highest peak comes with the dangers and many have succumbed to that danger. Over 200 climbers and Sherpas have lost lives in Everest and the worst part is their bodies are still there because they couldn’t be recovered due to harsh conditions on the high altitude peak. Here are some facts and stories about the bodies on Everest:


There are over 200 dead bodies lying on Mount Everest:death-zone-everestNo one knows exactly how many bodies remain undiscovered on Mount Everest today, but estimated reports claim there are certainly more than 200. The dead and frozen bodies of Climbers and Sherpas lie tucked into crevasses, buried under avalanche snow and exposed on catchment basin slopes – their limbs sun-bleached and distorted. Many bodies haven’t even been found and most of them are concealed. However, some bodies have familiar locations, since, recovering them is a very challenging task, they are left there and are used as a landmark. There lie bodies of climbers as well as Sherpas along the way to the summit which have not been recovered for more than 20 years. The area above 26,000 feet is called “the Death Zone”, where breathing fresh oxygen from canisters is necessary. The atmospheric pressure is about a third of that at sea level, meaning there is about one third the amount of oxygen to breathe.  The air is so thin recovery of bodies has proven impossible – and for many, Everest becomes their resting place


The bodies cannot be picked up due to harsh conditions:deadliest-weather-mount-everestEverest is one of the greatest challenges to mountain climbers, it is a greater challenge to the rescuers as it has steep terrain with lots of snow and the air isn’t breathable as oxygen is very low. Helicopters cannot reach such great heights for rescue and there are many cases where the rescuers themselves fall to their deaths while recovering a body so maybe the most disturbing aspect of this epic trek ending in someone’s doom is the simple fact that in most cases, the fallen remain just as they fell. Despite climbing in parties and with guides, an injured climber unable to go on is too dangerous for the others to save, and is often abandoned by their companions out of necessity for their own survival.

The mountain has claimed over 200 lives and they lie there frozen cold, never to be recovered unless a new rescue technique which is safe is available.


The major reasons for death on Mount Everest:bodies-on-everestWhat are the hazards of climbing Everest? There are countless reasons to die while climbing the highest peak in the world. Over 200 bodies lie in there because of these reasons. Avalanche is the major threat while climbing Everest. Over 29% of the deaths happen because of Avalanches. The Fall is the second major threat, 23% of the recorded deaths are because of the fall. Exposure, Frostbite and Acute Mountain Sickness result in the other major factors for deaths. These facts simply show us that most of us humans are simply not to be in the altitude where a Boeing 747 cruises.


Tsewang Paljor (Green Boots) :green-boots-body-everestLabeled as “Green Boots” as the body is identified by the shiny green body, the body of Tsewang Paljor is probably the most recognized famous name in the Everest climbing scene Tsewang Paljor was a member of the Indian team who died along with two of his colleagues during the expedition of 1996.The weather was very harsh during their expedition and three of the members from the  expedition decided to turn back but Tsewang Smanla, Dorje Morup and Paljor pressed on. They sadly met their demise reportedly descending back, whether they made it to the summit or not is a mystery. Green boots’ body has become a landmark, seen by every climber attempting the North East Ridge route to the summit.

 Francys Arsentiev :francys-arsentievAnother sad climber story, Climber Francys was on the Everest expedition with her husband Sergei in 1998 and they got separated during the climb. They had no way to communicate with each other and never reunited in the expedition, both of them met their ends alone on different parts of the mountain. She died of exposure and suspected cerebral edema, while her husband was suspected to die of the fall.
In 2007 another climber went covered her body it with an American flag and placing a note from her family on the corpse.


David Sharp:david-sharp-everestSimilar like Francys and Sergei’s story, David Sharp was climbing Mt Everest and he was without a support team and without the aid of bottled oxygen. That’s a potential death wish while climbing Everest but he decided to do it regardless of the risks.  It’s believed he made it to the summit on May 14th 2006, but on his way down fatigued and confused he stopped and sat down in to rest by Green boots, he got cold and couldn’t continue, other climbers passed while David was still breathing but couldn’t help him because they couldn’t take the risk of endangering their own lives. Since then, the place has been names as “Green Boots Cave”.


George Mallory:george-malloryIf George Mallory had succeeded in climbing Everest. George Mallory may have beaten Edmund Hillary to the top of Everest, but no one really knows what happened up there. He was last seen with his partner Andrew Irvine ascending a ridge on the way to the summit in 1924. The two were never seen again. In 1999 legendary climber Conrad Anker found Mallory’s body, but it didn’t give any clues as to whether he’d made it to the top or not.

One of the oldest bodies on the mountain wasn’t discovered until 1999 – nearly 75 years after he died. George Leigh Mallory was the most famous mountaineer of his time – and arguably of any time.


Hannelore Schmatz:first-woman-to-die-on-everestIn 1979 Hannelore Schmatz , the female German climber  became the first woman to die on Everest. She was lying propped up by her bag when she died, hence the sitting position she was found in. Her body used to sit just above Camp IV on the south route up Everest for all climbers passing by to see, but eventually the high winds on the mountain blew her remains over the Kangshung Face.


Marko Lihteneker:marko-lihtenekerSome climbers are really unlucky. They are able to climb to the summit but it’s still a long way back down. Many accidents can happen during the descent from the highest point on Earth. This Slovenian climber died descending the mountain in 2005. His body is a mere 160 vertical feet below the summit.

Shriya Shah–Klorfine:shriya-shah-died-on-everestLike Marko Lihteneker , Climber Shriya met her death while descending from the summit. She reached the summit in 2012, but died on the descent. Her body lies 1000 feet from the summit, draped in a Canadian flag.

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