The corpses litter the ascent of Everest because removing them is dangerous and expensive.

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Not the front side of mountaineering.

Dead bodies are a common sight on the top of Everest.

Eleven people died while climbing Everest this spring — it became the most deadly in a long time. In 2015, an avalanche came down from Everest, burying 19 people.

When someone dies on Everest, his body is not so easy to pick up. This enterprise costs tens of thousands of dollars (sometimes up to $700,000) and is in itself deadly dangerous: in 1984, two Nepalese climbers died trying to take the body from Everest. Therefore, corpses are often left lying in place.

Lhakpa Sherpa, a record holder for women’s Everest, said in 2018 she saw seven dead bodies on the way to the top.

“Only near the top,” she told Business Insider, remembering one man’s body in particular that “looked alive, because the wind was blowing his hair.”

Her story serves as a grim reminder that evacuating bodies from Everest is a costly and life-threatening task, and it may be better to leave them there.

It is impossible to say with accuracy where all 306 deaths recorded on Everest occurred, but there is no doubt that many of the corpses remained on the mountain. For many years, climbers have been talking about a dead man called Green Shoes, who lies in a cave 345 meters from the peak.

This year, people from India, Ireland, Austria, and the USA died on Everest. Some climbers blame too much tourist traffic for increased mortality.

In May, when the air is warming and the winds are subsiding, ideal spring conditions are formed for the conquest of Everest, which leads to the formation of conveyor lines stretching from the foot to the top of the mountain. Climbers are so eager to conquer the famous peak that they risk their lives, even if they are urged not to hurry. At least two died this year from exhaustion, going down.

Other climbers complain about the life-threatening crowds in the so-called “death zone” — this section of the route at an altitude of more than 8,000 meters, where the air is very thin and you have to wear an oxygen mask.

Even in a mask, it is impossible to remain in the zone for a long time: it is here that some people have delirium — they begin to take off their vital clothing in the cold and talk to imaginary companions.

For such an ascent tourists pay from $25,000 to $75,000.

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Many of them remain on Everest forever …

Would you take the risk?


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