Many climbers have said that the hardest part of climbing Mt. Everest for them was passing all of the graves. | Community Post: Dead Bodies On Mount Everest
Over the years, more than 200 people have died trying to reach the summit of Everest. Avalanches, injuries from falls, breaking ice, wrong decisions due to stress or weakness, or simple loss of vital functions: almost every year has some fatal accident, with the peak of 15 deaths in 1996 alone.
It is said that Mallory was so severely injured in his fall that when he reached the bottom of the Yellow Band, he could no longer walk. The green line is the modern route. Anyone exiting the Yellow Band in the area of the red shading and then glissading (or falling) down would be funneled to where Mallory was found (red dot).
On 18 April 2014, an avalanche on Mount Everest near Everest Base Camp killed sixteen Nepalese guides. As of 20 April, thirteen bodies had been recovered. The search for the three remaining bodies was called off due to the difficulty and risk of retrieving them. Some Sherpa guides were angered by what they saw as the Nepalese government's meagre offer of compensation to victims' families and threatened a "strong protest" or strike.
Nearby it is also the body of David Sharp. In 2005 he stopped in a cave near the summit of Everest, to rest. His body froze and he was unable to move. More than 30 climbers passed by him, they heard some faint moaning and realized that he was still alive. I moved to the sun, to try to warm it up, but finally realizing that just could not move, they were forced to abandon it to its fate. Even his body now serves as a point of orientation.
With its 8,848 meters, Everest is the highest mountain on Earth. Its peak towering immaculate above the clouds is the symbol of the ultimate challenge, one that leads man beyond the limits of its capacity. Our body, in fact, seems designed to respond best when it is at sea level, and the more we rise in altitude, plus our physical effort to adapt. The climbers start in the 2500 meters above sea level
Sir Edmund Hillary, on the summit of Mt Everest. The first confirmed climber to reach the summit, with help from Tenzing Norgay. (1953)
The harsh conditions often prevent the Death Zone to rescue climbers in trouble, because helping someone who is in danger means risking their own lives: so, he who hesitates is lost.