Published on : Monday, May 23, 2016
There was only one member from the group who managed to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain; however the rest of the team could not make it due to their physical conditions and poor weather.
Around 30 Climbers developed frostbites and altitude sickness when they were close to the summit. All of them were in an altitude of around 8,000m above sea level at the time. Any altitude above 8,000m is called the death zone, where the level of oxygen in the air is insufficient to support human life. The bitter cold and wind chill make survival at that altitude difficult even for the best climbers in the world.
These were the first reported death cases on the mountain following the two year of low activity on the mountain due to the two fatal avalanches and the major earthquake that struck last year. The two climbers who met their death were a Dutch mountaineer Eric Arnold, 36, and Australian finance lecturer Maria Strydom, 34.
Helicopters have been kept at Lukla, the airstrip nearest Everest and as soon as the climbers reach Camp II the helicopters will airlift them back to Lukla. Helicopters cannot fly higher to rescue climbers without risking a crash.
Nearly 400 climbers have reached the summit in Nepal in the last two weeks. Altitude, harsh terrain and sudden change in weather can cause problems at any point for climbers specially when they descend from the mountain. People get euphoric when they touch the summit but forget that the most dangerous part of the climb is yet to be accomplished and many a times end in fatal accidents.