Two climbers, a British and an Irish, have died in the last 24 hours on Everest after experiencing an illness due to altitude. The BBC reports this.
This is the eighth and ninth victims in a week and the tenth of the season that began on May 14th, while the controversy over the overcrowding of the Everest and the high number of permits issued by the authorities of Nepal are increasing: 381 for the spring season only, at a cost of $ 11,000 each.
The photo of the top of Everest crowded with over 300 climbers in a row one after the other, posted three days ago on Instagram by Nirmal Purja that immediately become viral, sparked harsh controversy over the risk that mountaineers run precisely because of traffic ‘at high altitude.
The head of the Nepalese tourism office Danduraj Ghimire has defined “meaningless” the rumours according to which among the causes of death of the climbers could be the overcrowding of the summit and the very long waiting times, up to two hours of queue, to reach the summit.
However, according to experts, the hypothesis is not entirely unfounded, especially as altitude sickness is already the leading cause of death. At a height of 8,848, in fact, each breath contains a third of oxygen compared to that found at sea level. Furthermore, the human body deteriorates more rapidly and can survive at those altitudes only a few minutes. In the photo that has become famous, about 320 people are present at the same time in a known point, according to the author of the shot, as “the death zone”. The last victim, yesterday, the American Donald Cash, 55, who had left his job as a manager to make his dream of climbing the seven peaks come true, the highest mountains on each continent.