11 April 2018
Seventeen trekkers and guides killed by snowstorm and avalanche in the Himalayas http://cna.asia/1vvCFYv
Seventeen trekkers and guides have been killed by a snowstorm and avalanche in Nepal’s Himalayas. Rescuers, trudging through waist-deep snow, found 27 stranded trekkers, but over 100 tourists remain out of contact.
KATHMANDU: A snowstorm and avalanche in Nepal’s Himalayas has killed 17 trekkers and guides – nine foreigners and eight Nepalis – on a popular hiking route, while more than 100 others remain out of contact, officials said on Wednesday (Oct 15). Severe weather triggered by the tail end of Cyclone Hudhud, which battered neighbouring India’s east coast, hit trekking groups on the Annapurna circuit as well as mountaineers trying to scale the avalanche-prone Mount Dhaulagiri in central Nepal on Tuesday.
As the weather cleared on Wednesday in the remote Mustang and Manang districts, rescuers trudging through waist-deep snow found 27 stranded trekkers, an official said. But some 168 foreign tourists were registered to hike in the districts and authorities are now trying to track the rest of them down, said police official Ganesh Rai who is heading the rescue effort.
DEAD: 16 NEPALI GUIDES
Since the first climb in 1953, more than 4,500 mountaineers have reached the top. Hundreds, mostly local guides, have died trying. Friday’s tragedy was the worst yet. The previous most deadly day was May 11, 1996, when eight climbers died in a snowstorm near the summit.
Mourning Sherpas shut down Mt. Everest after deadly avalanche
Wealthy westerners looking to navigate their midlife crises on the backs of Sherpas will have to wait another year because the guys in charge of basically shuttling them to the top of Mount Everest are shutting it down.
The Nepalese guides on Tuesday told AFP they’re abandoning the climbing season to honor 16 colleagues who lost their lives last week. That, and they’re sick of risking everything for relative scraps and weak insurance coverage.
This, of course, is a real bummer for mountaineers, and non-mountaineers, who have paid upwards of $90,000 and blocked up big chunks of their calendars to attempt the climb. Many of them are already sitting in base camp waiting their turn.
In fact, Ani Tshering of the Nepal Moutaineering Association told the Guardian that there are about 400 foreign climbers with an equal number of Sherpas currently on the mountain.
DEATH AND INJURY AND MOUNT EVEREST
Everest Avalanche updates: 12 dead, four missing
KATMANDU: Rescuers were searching through piles of snow and ice on the slopes of Mount Everest today for four Sherpa guides who were buried by an avalanche that killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak.
Krishna Lamsal, a Nepal Tourism Ministry official at the base camp, said the bodies of the 12 guides were pulled out and brought down Friday
Mount Everest avalanche leaves at least 13 Nepalese climbers dead
- theguardian.com, Friday 18 April 2014 09.52 BST
Six dead in Everest avalanche – AVALANCHE ON MOUNT EVEREST, APRIL 2014
Mount Everest avalanche sweeps away Nepalese guides
Authorities say six guides who were fixing ropes for climbers have died and nine are missing.
Friday 18 April 2014 04.39 BST
Mount Everest. Photograph: Steve Satushek/Getty Images
An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to ascend the world’s highest peak, killing at least six Nepalese guides and leaving nine more missing, officials said.
The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix the ropes for hundreds of climbers when the avalanche hit them just below Camp 2 around 630am local time (2am BST), said Nepal tourism ministry official Krishna Lamsal, speaking from the base camp and monitoring the rescue efforts.
Four bodies have been recovered and rescuers were digging two more out of the snow, he said. Nine more Sherpas are unaccounted for and believed to be buried, he said.
Hundreds of climbers, their guides and support guides had gathered at the base camp, gearing up for attempts to scale the 8,850-metre (29,035ft) peak early next month when weather conditions become favourable. They have been setting up their camps at higher altitudes with guides fixing routes and ropes on the slopes ahead of the ascent to the summit in May.
As soon as the avalanche hit, rescuers and fellow climbers rushed to help. A helicopter was also sent from Kathmandu.
RUBBISH AND MT EVEREST
Decades of mountaineering have taken a toll on the world’s highest peak, which is strewn with rubbish from past expeditions, including oxygen cylinders, human waste and even climbers’ bodies, which do not decompose in the extreme cold.
Monday March 3, 2014 MYT 9:05:55 PM
Nepal to force Everest climbers to collect rubbish
Kathmandu (AFP) – Climbers on Mount Everest will be forced to bring back eight kilograms (17.6 pounds) of garbage, an official said Monday, to clean up a peak that has become the world’s highest rubbish dump.
The rule, one of several new measures covering mountaineering in the Himalayan nation, will apply to climbers ascending beyond Everest’s base camp from April onwards, said tourism ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti.
“The government has decided in order to clean up Mount Everest that each member of an expedition must bring back at least eight kilos of garbage, apart from their own trash,” he told AFP.
Although expeditions currently have to fork out a $4,000 deposit, refunded once they show they have brought back everything they took up the mountain, enforcement has been a problem.
“Our earlier efforts have not been very effective. This time, if climbers don’t bring back garbage, we will take legal action and penalise them,” tourism official Burlakoti said.
4 JUNE 2013: FIRST MALAYSIAN TO DIE ON MT EVEREST
WHILE MANY OF THOSE WHO PERISHED ON MT EVEREST ARE STILL LYING THERE, THEIR BODIES UNRECOVERED, THE FIRST MALAYSIAN CASUALTY WILL BE FLOWN HOME.
The first Malaysian to die on Mt Everest is Mohamad Shahrulnizam Ahmad Nazari, 25, an employee of Putrajaya Corporation.
PUTRAJAYA: Mount Everest telah mendakwa pendaki Malaysia yang pertama. Seorang pekerja Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPJ) meninggal dunia ketika menuju ke kem asas Everest. Kedutaan Malaysia di Kathmandu, Nepal, mengesahkan bahawa Mohamad Shahrulnizam Ahmad Nazari telah mati akibat Penyakit Gunung akut (AMS).
Another critically ill Malaysian, who suffered acute altitude sickness, Mohd Yazrul Ekhsan Yahya, 34, was reported to be in a stable condition.
The group had decided to abandon the expedition.
05 Jun 2013 12:50am
NEW DELHI, June 4 — A Malaysian climber has died from acute mountain sickness while heading to the Mount Everest base camp yesterday at 5pm (Nepal time) yesterday. Another climber is critically ill.
The climber who died has been identified as Mohamad Shahrulnizam Ahmad Nazari, 25, an employee of Putrajaya Corporation.
Poor weather conditions are delaying the mission to pick up the two Malaysian trekkers from the mountain.
“The evacuation process is on the way but the weather condition is not favourable to move the young trekker’s body and the other person who is critically ill,” a Malaysian official in Kathmandu, Nepal said.
Both the climbers suffered from acute mountain sickness, he told Bernama when contacted today.
“The nearest exit point is Lukla Airport. We have to wait for the weather condition to improve before we can bring back the body and the critically ill Malaysian to Kathmandu.”
Tenzing-Hillary Airport, also known as Lukla Airport, is a small airport in the town of Lukla, in Khumbu, Solukhumbu district, Sagarmatha zone, eastern Nepal.
“The process of sending them back to Malaysia can only be done once they are in Kathmandu,” the officer said. — Bernama
An Indian woman who lost her leg after she was thrown from a moving train two years ago has become the first female amputee to climb Everest.
Saturday, May 25, 2013 4:3:55 GMT
The Wall Street Journal
Indian Is First Female Amputee up Everest
Almost two years to the day since a moving train severed Arunima Sinha’s left leg just below the knee, the 26-year-old Indian arrived at Everest base camp ready to climb the world’s highest mountain.
On Tuesday morning just before 11 o’clock she became the first female amputee to reach the summit.Ms. Sinha, who has a prosthetic leg, took nearly 17 hours to scale the mountain after spending about two months acclimatizing and going on treks in northern India and Nepal to prepare for the ascent.
New York Daily News
80-year-old Japanese is oldest person to scale Mount Everest
Yuichiro Miura, who has climbed to the ‘top of the world’ twice before, accomplished the feat despite four heart operations.
By Stephen Williams / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 11:33 AM
Yuichiro Miura reaches the top of Mount Everest for the third time in his life. He conquered the mountain at ages 70 and 75 as well.
Four heart surgeries were just an annoyance to Yuichiro Miura, who, at the age of 80, has become the oldest person to climb to the summit of Mount Everest.
His achievement has eclipsed the record set in 2008 by a 76-year-old man.
Four climbers from Germany, South Korea, China and Canada died while descending from the crowded summit area last weekend, which saw 150 people reach the top of the world before a severe windstorm set in.
25 May 2012
More than 50 climbers reached the top of Mount Everest Friday at the start of a two-day window that has raised fears of perilous overcrowding on the world’s highest peak after four deaths last week.
The 48-hour stretch of forecast good weather was expected to see more than 200 climbers try a final push to the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) summit, despite warnings of potentially deadly bottlenecks in the “death zone” above 8,000m.
“So far 52 people have summited and there were a total of 150 ready to climb at camp four,” said tourism ministry official Tilak Pandey.
“Yesterday only half went up because they were fearing traffic jams and those remaining will start their ascent (Friday) evening and will be back by tomorrow.”
MOUNT EVEREST IS THERE AND THAT’S WHY THEY CLIMB IT BUT SOME NEVER RETURNED.
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. You would be right to consider it the ultimate challenge for mountaineers
By the end of the 2010 climbing season, there had been 5,104 ascents to the summit by about 3,142 individuals. 80% of these ascents have taken place since 2000. In 2007, the record number of 633 ascents has been recorded, by 350 climbers and 253 sherpas.
However, more than 200 climbers have died, of which about 150 have never been recovered.
Yes, that is right. Their bodies are still there, unrecovered.
THESE 150 NEVER CAME BACK.
Japanese woman, 73, breaks own record as oldest female to climb Mount Everest
Published May 19, 2012
In this Thursday, May 9, 2002 file photo, Tamae Watanabe, right, of Japan poses with a photographer Noriyuki Muraguchi at a base camp on the foot of Mt. Everest in Nepal. (AP/Office Seven Summits)
KATMANDU, Nepal – A 73-year-old Japanese woman has set the world record for being the oldest female to conquer Mount Everest, Kyodo news agency reported.
Tamae Watanabe reached the 29,029-foot peak of the world’s tallest mountain Saturday morning after launching her assent Friday night from an altitude of 27,231 feet.
The Death Zone
(Adapted from Wikipedia)
The death zone refers to heights above 8,000 metres (26,000 feet).
At the higher regions of Mount Everest, climbers seeking the summit typically spend substantial time within the death zone and face significant challenges to survival. Temperatures can dip to very low levels, resulting in frostbiteof any body part exposed to the air. Since temperatures are so low, snow is well-frozen in certain areas and death or injury by slipping and falling can occur. High winds at these altitudes on Everest are also a potential threat to climbers.
Another significant threat to climbers is low atmospheric pressure. The atmospheric pressure at the top of Everest is about a third of sea level pressure or 0.333 standard atmospheres (337 mbar), resulting in the availability of only about a third as much oxygen to breathe.
In the following link, there is a video. If you’re below 16, please don’t watch it. IT”s GRUESOME, to put it mildly.
In the 56 years since the first men in history reached the top, 216 people have died, and the grim reality of the horrific conditions of the Final Push is that 150 bodies have never been, and likely can never be, recovered. They are all still there, and located, almost without exception, in the Death Zone.
www.visualnews.com/…/09/mt-everest-inside-the-death–zone – Cached