During the last decade, more and more people have attempted to climb Mount Everest. It is considered one of the most difficult tasks in the world, a challenge that only a few men and women can complete. However, the mountain asks for tribute every year, and there is always the risk that not all who go up will come down.
Among the most iconic Mount Everest pictures is the one portraying “green boots.” It’s a photo of David Sharp, a dead man wearing green boots. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it to the top, but he did become a landmark of the Northeast ridge route.
After two years of avalanches and earthquakes that made the climb impossible, the route to the top has been opened again this spring.
May is the first month of the climbing season, in consequence, it’s also the busiest one. However, the mountain asks for tribute almost every time a group ascends, so May is also one of the most tragic periods for climbers.
In the past week, six climbers remained on the mountain, paying the price of human audacity.
Among the victims of this year, there is Phurba Sherpa, a local Nepalese guide. The 25 years old man met his end on the 19th of May when he fell to his death while traversing a dangerous area.
In the following days, three more people from his group died after developing altitude sickness. Subhash Paul, an Indian climber, Eric Arnold, a Dutch alpinist, and Maria Strydom, an Australian woman who climbed alongside her husband pushed themselves too hard and lost their lives due to oxygen deprivation.
Around the same time Goutam Ghosh and Chandra Nath were reported missing. The authorities have no news of their fate so far.
Approximately 35 climbers lost their lives due to avalanches in the recent years. Others are affected by altitude sickness, terrible cold, dehydration, exhaustion, and accidents that lead to fatal falls.
Every alpinist that attempts the historic climb is aware of the fact that the mountain asks for tribute. Currently, there are over 200 bodies on the road to the peak, some that made it to the top, some that didn’t.
The authorities declared that the costs of recovering the bodies are too high, many of them not even being citizens of Nepal. Therefore, they remain silent, frozen testimonies of the difficult journey that awaits the climbers.
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