Nepal says overcrowding not ‘sole motive’ for Everest demise toll rise

A long queue of climbers leading to the Everest peakPicture copyright
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This picture exhibiting a protracted queue as much as the summit of Everest has gone viral in latest days

Nepal’s tourism authority has denied accusations that the rise in Mount Everest deaths is solely because of overcrowding.

The division’s director normal Dandu Raj Ghimire stated different components together with opposed climate situations had additionally contributed.

Ten climbers have been reported lifeless or lacking this season.

Photographs of lengthy queues close to the summit have been extensively shared as document numbers ascended the mountain in Might.

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Mr Ghimire stated 381 individuals had ascended Everest this spring however as intervals of superb climate had been brief, the variety of individuals on the routes had been “increased than anticipated”.

In his assertion, Mr Ghimire put the present demise toll at eight, though 10 individuals have been reported lifeless or lacking thus far.

Briton Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died on Saturday minutes after reaching Everest’s summit.

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Mr Fisher photographed earlier than ascending Mount Everest

Kevin Hynes, 56, from Eire, died in his tent on Friday and Séamus Lawless, additionally Irish, is presumed lifeless after falling close to the summit.

One Nepalese, 4 Indians, an Austrian and an American are additionally lifeless or lacking.

An area tour organiser informed AFP that one of many Indian climbers, Nihal Ashpak Bhagwan, died of exhaustion after being “caught in visitors for greater than 12 hours”.

Mr Ghimire supplied “heartfelt condolences to those that’ve handed away and prayers to those that are nonetheless lacking”.

“Mountaineering within the Himalayas is in itself an adventurous, complicated and delicate concern requiring full consciousness but tragic accidents are unavoidable,” he stated.

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