Climbers are Dying Because of Traffic Jams on Mt Everest!

  • 29 May 2019
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Mt Everest is bringing a new meaning to the phrase “killer traffic jam”. In 2019 alone, 11 climbers who attempted to scale earth’s tallest mountain have died because extreme weather... and the traffic jam on Everest.
Last week, Guinness-record holder and renowned mountaineer Nirmal Purja photographed climbers queuing up to reach the peak. The picture shared on his Instagram has since gone viral.


On 22 nd of May, I summited everest at 5:30 am and lhotse 3:45 pm despite of the heavy traffic ( roughly 320 people ). Today I have just arrived at the Makalu base camp, I will be going for the summit push from the base camp directly. . Like it, tag it and share it if you love how the project possible 14/7 is rolling 🤙🏼 . I will update more once I’m done with Makalu . Much love to all my supporters and sponsors. @antmiddleton @bremontwatches , DIGI2AL, @hamasteel , @summitoxygen Royal Hotel, Ad construction group, MTC/FSI , @brandingscience Premier Insurance, OMNIRISC, Intergage @inmarsatglobal . . . . #nimsdai #believer #uksf #sbs🐸 #projectpossible #14peaks7months #persistence #humanendeavour #selfbelief #positivemindset #beliveinyourself #elitehimalayanadventures #alwaysalittlehigher

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Summiting Mount Everest is considered the crowning moment for any mountaineer. While the journey itself is one of the most difficult, in recent years, it has become so commercialised that many people attempt the climb.
The best time to climb Everest usually stretches for a few weeks. However, this year extreme weather has shortened the climbing period. In their attempt to rush to the peak before the climbing season ends, many climbers found themselves stranded at Mt Everest’s death zone.

The death zone is at such a high altitude that it has only 1/3 of oxygen found at sea level. Every step is incredibly difficult and could be your last. With a massive crowd waiting to reach the top, the waiting period increases the chances of oxygen deprivation, which could eventually lead to death.
The government of Nepal has been criticised for their permit process which doesn't take climbers' prior experience into account. The climbers have also been faulted for taking up the journey without evaluating their fitness and health condition. Here's a glimpse of the 'death race' to the peak of Mount Everest:

Source: CNN
Photo Credit: Nirmal Purja

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